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9 Must-Have Items You Need to Pack For A Business Trip

24 March 2020 | 0 comments | Posted by Meredith Davis in Hit the Road

Business travel packing checklist

fDoing business abroad is exciting. Doing so allows you to immerse yourself in a new culture, and meeting new people is something that most of us dream about as part of our career. Business travel comes with a completely different set of preparations.

If you've never had to travel for your company or on behalf of a business deal, then you may want to put together a checklist, so you don't get caught off guard. So to make your trip worthwhile, by being well-prepared. That's why we created a list of items you need to pack in your luggage:

1. Your documents

When you go to travel abroad to do business, there would be several documents required for you to prepare. These are either immigration requirements or your host’s requirements.

Some documents you should prepare are the following:

  • Passport
  • Immigration papers
  • Passport Photos
  • Wallet
  • Paper with Important Phone numbers

It’s best to create a checklist of all the required documents you need, so you don’t miss any. Preparing them at the last minute would be a hassle on your part. Not to mention how it can add a lot of stress if you notice that some documents are missing.

Another important thing you should do is to photocopy all the essential documents. Create as many copies as possible and place them inside several bags just in case you lose it.

2. Medications

Take your medicine kit with you. Usual medicines such as for fever, sore throat, headache, stomach ache, etc. can be a great life-saver if you’re in a new country.

This is even more important if you’re taking prescription medicines. Bring your supply because it might take a while before you get into your host country’s healthcare system.

Another thing that you should check and make sure is if the medicine you’re bringing is allowed inside your host country. You can call the embassy there and confirm what you can and cannot bring in terms of medicine.

3. Clothes

The clothes you’ll pack will depend on the country and the season when you arrive. So do your research about what style is the most recommended during that time.

Now, the most important thing is you shouldn’t pack up your whole wardrobe. Bring about 4-5 sets of clothes, primary colours that you can easily pair them with each other to create several styles for different occasions. Include pieces for warm and cold seasons.

Pack also your jacket, 1-2 pairs of shoes, raincoat, a formal outfit, underwear, socks, bathing suit, leggings, a hat, and even sunglasses. Pack any additional accessories that you think you would need.

If you’re worried that your clothes may not be enough, don’t be. There are a lot of thrift stores or dollar stores wherever you’re going. You can always buy extra clothes.

4. Toiletries

Even in another country, hygiene is also paramount. So pack needed toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, soap, shampoo and conditioner, and even some skincare essentials.

You don’t have to bring all the toiletries you have because pretty sure you’ll be able to buy those in a shop nearby. You also don’t need to buy those in bigger containers as it will only add weight to your baggage.

Finally, you must place these toiletries in a sealed plastic bag (or ziplock), so it won’t leak and damage your other stuff.

5. Stationery items

These are not a must-have but more of a nice-to-have item on your list. What’s sweeter than writing a birthday card to someone right?

Plus, you can also write thank you notes to specific people after your extended stay. It comes handy in these types of situations.

6. Universal adapter

You will be in an entirely new country and, believe it or not, things such as outlets can be different.

You should bring along your universal adapter that would suit your needs well. All you need is to make sure that it has a connector for all the items you’re taking with you.

7. Portable charger

Flights to another country can take several hours. Sometimes, when you get there, you no longer have enough battery left on your phone. This is where a portable charger can save you.

A portable charger comes in handy in a lot of situations, especially when you’re in a new environment and your phone is the only weapon you have.

8. Laptop

Since you’re going there for business purposes, it’s nice that you have your laptop to use. This will save you the hassle of going to internet cafes to do some transactions.

On a weekend or breaks, you can spare yourself from the boredom as you can binge-watch shows too. That is if you don’t have any assignments or projects to finish.

9. Emergency cash

Your emergency cash should be separate from your allowance or cash-on-hand. This should be placed in a different place, like in a secret pocket, so you won’t get tempted to take from it.

This should be used only in emergencies like when you lost money, or you didn’t anticipate the needed budget for the day.


When packing, take into consideration your luggage as well.

Since you’re moving to a different country, it’s best only to choose the best luggage brands suitable for your travel needs. That’s because they are more sturdy, of high quality, and will last years with you.

There you have it. It’s best if you write these down on a piece of paper so you won’t forget anything important.

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