Pick out clothes in your wardrobe that are best suited to business travel. They should be lightweight (unless the climate dictates otherwise), wrinkle-resistant, and stylish but not flashy.
- Wear comfortable shoes, but take along a better pair for business meetings and evenings. Leave the sneakers at home, unless you need them for exercising while on the road.
- Pack enough underwear and socks or panty hose for each day; don’t rely on having the time to rinse out small items at night.
- Wear or pack your suit jacket. A business jacket worn without the matching pants or skirt while traveling is okay.
- Make sure you have everything you need in your cosmetic or shaving kit in containers of three ounces or less; unlike leisure travelers, business travelers often can’t afford the time to buy items they forgot.
- If exercise is part of your daily routine, pack your swimsuit or workout gear.
- Pack a collapsible umbrella.
What to wear on a plane? Both men and women may be tempted to wear their not-so-best jeans and sneakers for the flight, especially since they know they’ll be squeezed into a tight seat and could run into delays. By dressing in business casual for travel (yes, even dress jeans with a jacket works), if a checked bag is lost, you won’t have to arrive at a meeting looking as if you’ve just come from mowing the lawn or shopping for groceries. Airlines cater to business travelers; dress the part and you may find you get an added measure of service.