Packing combines some of my favorite things: Lists, travel, and planning. This week, I took a quick trip up to the DC area for work. I pack light for these trips, since I don’t want to check a bag and it makes moving through the airport faster.
I take 2 bags–one is my “mobile office,” otherwise known as a backpack. The other is a small rolling bag for my clothes–and I adore this bag. My mom got it for me for Christmas a few years ago and it is perfect for short business trips.
It fits easily into an overhead bin so I don’t have to check my larger rolling bag plane side. Also, it fits in the seats on the metro, so I can sit where ever on the train. It has a ton of pockets inside, and even comes with an extra bag if you have more to take home (though I usually leave that at home on this type of trip to save space).
Here is what I take along for a 3-day business trip in the winter.
- Work laptop
- Charger and Mouse (I have extras that I always keep in this bag)
- Planner and work notebook
- Tissues (always in this bag)
- Small bag with chap stick, extra hair ties, gum, etc. (always in this bag)
- Small bag with chargers
- iPad/iPhone charger
- Fitbit charger
- external charger/cable
- Water bottle
- Pens (always in this bag)
- 3 Work outfits, shoes and accessories (I bundle these together as an outfit)
- 1 comfy pajama and socks
- Toiletry bag/make up bag
- Jacket and scarf
- iPad and kindle (there is a perfect pocket for these up front)
- iPhone (side pocket for easy access)
While not nearly as efficient as my sister packing for her 3 month south america trip, it is easy to maneuver and I can access everything quickly.
I also prepare the boys days in advance, telling them where mommy is going, why and how long. I check to make sure there is enough food in the house (for people and kitty) and go over meals with Clay. I also talk with the nanny and make sure she knows whats going on with my travel since her hours are usually longer when I am gone.
How do you pack for short trips on your own?