Personal: Packing Checklist for a Business Trip

A downloadable list developed over the years, that I wish I had had before, and hope someone else might be able to benefit from.

Personal: Packing Checklist for a Business Trip

That thing where you walk round Rotterdam at 8am looking for someone to sell you a razor. Or round Barcelona at 10pm looking for a phone charger (thank you, El Corte Ingles). Or trying to buy toothpaste in Athens using gestures only.

A list developed over the years, that I wish I had had before, and hope someone else might be able to benefit from. With the passing of the years a few extra things have made it on (latest are reading glasses – next stop medication?). I’m a male, so some things may be different or missing for ladies. And I haven’t made the leap to leaving the laptop at home yet… You might like having more; but if you have the below you will be fine…

Work stuff:

  • Laptop (still can’t go without it)
  • Tablet + charger (optional)
  • Phone charger (pro tip: get two, one for charging before you leave and one for your bag)
  • Laptop charger (same)
  • Internet dongle + charger (does anyone else still use these?)
  • International plug adaptor
  • Work to do
  • Event tickets (if needed)
  • Speech/slides/presentation (printout too, for perusing on the plane)
  • Swag/presents (if needed)
  • Spare business cards
  • Pens (you always need more of these than you think)

Practical stuff:

  • Book/kindle + charger
  • Reading glasses
  • Umbrella
  • Travel/Oyster card for destination
  • Medical/Health Card
  • Travel insurance docs
  • Map of destination (optional depending on data charges!)

Personal (ironically these things are easiest to forget):

  • Shirts
  • Ties (though I’m done with them)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Night wear
  • Casual wear
  • Shoes
  • Dirty laundry bag
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Razor
  • Shaving gel
  • Aftershave
  • Hair styling gel (needing less and less of this as time passes)
  • Shampoo (same)
  • Condoms (I don’t need these. Only you can know whether you do)
  • Tissues
  • Sticking plasters (seriously, if changing shoes then you will get a blister)
  • Coat, scarf, gloves, hat (depending on season/destination)
  • Gym kit (if you have the desire/time)

In your pocket/manbag:

  • Phone
  • Headphones
  • Wallet
  • Local currency
  • Passport
  • Boarding Passes
  • Ticket to airport (unless Uber)
  • Hotel confirmation
  • More business cards
  • More pens

Additional suggestions welcome! Printable version here: Packing Checklist 29-09-2016