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Executive Travel Clothing Checklist: Focus on What and How Much to Pack

By Dr. Geri Markel On travel-checklist

Solutions for Executives Who Find Travel Packing Overwhelming.

Over 1.3 million business trips occur each day in the U.S. Research on business travel statistics shows us that on average business travelers have between 12 to 14 trips per year with between 4 to 6 nights away from home each trip.

Careful planning can reduce stress and fatigue associated with business travel.

Checklists help you avoid packing procrastination and ensure that you have what you need, when you need it.

In addition, whether traveling by car, plane or rail, many executive travelers find daunting the decision of what and how much to pack. Perhaps you get home from work too tired and hassled to even think about packing.

With hectic work/life schedules, distractions abound and there is too little time to plan and prepare. This is especially true if you’re going to different climates or to some combination of business and pleasure events.  A simple form or checklist can help prioritize and plan for your travel.

Once noting where, when and what you’ll be doing, begin to visualize the activities for each day. Ask,

“What outfits do I need for 1 or 2 main events”?

“Will I exercise in a gym or outdoors”?

“Does the venue call for business formal or business casual”?

After visualizing your days and activities, fill in the form and then decide if you can use an outfit or piece of clothing more than once. Remember, if you’re in a hot climate, but spending most of your time in a hotel, you probably need a jacket to survive the air conditioning.

Here is a form that has proven very helpful for just such planning: travel-clothing-checklist

Try using one or both of the forms to prepare for you next trip, or create your own chart or checklist. You may be surprised how easy it is to focus and finish packing when using a travel form Imagine packing for a trip or vacation without the usually stress and irritation.


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