5 packing hacks for business travellers

If you’re a frequent business traveller, we’ve put together some time-saving hacks for planning and packing your business wardrobe.

1 The science of simplicity

Adopting a personal ‘work uniform’ could save you time and hassle. Pack less clothes that work harder for you. Choose neutrals such as black, grey and navy that can be mixed and matched and can be worn more than once. Barack Obama once famously told Vanity Fair: “You’ll see I wear only grey or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”

2 Only take carry-on luggage

For most business trips, it should be possible to take carry-on luggage only. This will save you time checking in, when at the airport, and you won’t have to worry about the airline losing your luggage. Always check the airlines’ luggage allowance before you set off.

3 Roll with it

While most hotels will be able to offer an iron/ironing board, it pays to roll your clothes to avoid creases. Try hanging them up as soon as you check in at your hotel. Better still, if you hang them up in the shower, the steam does wonders to remove pesky wrinkles.

4 Travel toiletries that are ‘ready to go’

Create a ‘going away’ washbag and save time rummaging around for toiletries before you leave. Purchase that mini toothpaste, toothbrush, body lotion etc, and as most hotels offer complimentary body/hair wash, keep it simple and leave those behind. Remember: If flying, all liquids in your hand luggage need to be less than 100ml.

5 Charge all batteries before you leave

Don’t leave it to fate where batteries are concerned. Charge all devices the night before and pack them together with their chargers, so they are easily accessible and ready to go when needed.