Packing for a short work trip : Tips

Quite often, my job causes me to have to hop over to the more scenic sister isle for work. Tomorrow I will be once again hopping a 20 minute flight. This time I will be spending 4 days and 3 nights. I leave on Wednesday and head straight to the hotel so no court. I then have court on Thursday and Friday and I leave again on Saturday. The third night, Friday night into Saturday was optional on my part. I could have left on Friday after court but I'm staying an extra night/day for a mini one night vacay with a friend who is hopping over to join me. But I need two days worth of work clothes and two days worth of none work clothes.

Tips:
Avoid checking luggage - This time I am attempting not to check a bag. This one is tricky as I typically carry one bag/small suitcase and my handbag and laptop bag. Since I have to carry my laptop, up until this point, I have checked a bag to reduce the shear load since I have a handbag and laptop bag already. I am a short girl only 4'11 and I look ridiculous logging around 10 bags. So, this time I plan to take the laptop bag will be with me and my handbag will be packed in the carry on baggy.

Don't over-pack - I am typically an over-packer and probably am better at packing for long, far trips like Australia, India or Europe. But over-packing is a big no no for the work trip, near or far really. Limit the number of items you pack. The next two point flow from this one.

Pack Black - yeah yeah I wear a lot of black but it makes sense on a work trip. Easier to mix and match outfits and therefore pack less. Not hard for me since 99.9% of my clothes are in fact black.

Pack versatile items to save space -  This goes along with the above tip. Can one work trousers be worn two days in a row with a different jacket and shirt to make a completely different outfit? totally!

Work items -  This is a no brainer, make sure you have all work documents.

Pack some items other than "work stuff" - Pack exercise clothes if more than one day or an oufit for the evenings/ nights.

What I'm packing:

Work Stuff
2 jackets (one black, one blue peplum)
1 pair black work pants
1 pair heels (my nine west black pumps)
1 pair flats
1 white tank to wear with black jacket and black pant
1 black tank to wear with blue jacket and black pant 
Makeup 
Laptop and laptop bag
Wallet and handbag packed in carry on!
Files / work docs 
Chargers for errything


Fun Stuff
1 Swim suit
1 pair flip flops
2 casual tops
1 spair shorts
1 short skirt
1 leggings
Stuff to sleep in etc


(Full disclosure: In the photos above where I couldn't find an exact replica I just used something similar)


So that's what I'm packing for 4 days and 3 nights, with the last night being a night where I'd possibly be heading out of the hotel to eat and drink a bit.  This is really the first time that I am not just throwing a million things into my suitcase with reckless abandon. HA! The works suits I am fine with because I am choosing two of my faves, and I generally love wearing suits anyway! It's everything else I am worried about. So lets hope I don't have a panic attic because of my lack of options. 

What do you think? Too much? Too little?

Have a Great Tuesday!!!

30 comments:

  1. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  2. The best part about packing for an island trip is (usually... when it's not for work) bikinis and shorts are all you need! Have an amazing time girl. Hope court goes well for you! And I almost never check a bag... I hate doing that!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. Looks great. Versatile is always best when packing. The pants can easily be used twice.

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  4. Looks like just the right amount to me! Not overpacking really is an art!

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  5. Perfect tips and you brought all the right stuff!!! I think having versatile work pieces is key like you have!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  6. Great tips! I have been traveling a lot for work lately so this will def come in handy!

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  7. waw you're so lucky to have job that makes you travel!! thanks for the tips, and I think what you're planing to bring for four days is perfect :) Have fun xoxo

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    1. Thanks girl! And yes its one of the perks of my job!!

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  8. You could stay there for two weeks with the amazing amount of flexibility you gave yourself. Not to say you packed too much, but that you're so organized and have great simplicity!

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  9. I feel dumb but packing black is GENIUS and HOW have I never thought of that?

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  10. These are great tips that can apply to short (3-4) day vacations as well!

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  11. I dont travel often, but I enjoy taking a carry on too. I am terrified of having my luggage lost! And 70% of my closet is black.

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  12. All I have to say is that looking at your boards and seeing shorts and tank tops makes me want to cry.

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  13. Great tips. You're so organised!

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    1. I am trying! You KNOW growing up I was anything but organized!! Love you sissy!

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  14. YES to not checking luggage (although it's so damn hard to pack "light" no matter how short a trip!). Please tell me you mix your black and blue because I'm loving that now - so chic. Jealous of the beach part but at least it will balance out any work chores :)

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  15. I am loving your list of things to pack. And you are so right about not checking luggage... who wants to take on the high cost to do so. Wonderful post.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    www.purecomplex.com

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  16. Good tips! I find that not checking a bag and packing versatile items are the best tips I've ever gotten over the years. The moment I realized that I didn't have to have a different pair of shoes for every outfit was like an epiphany. It also made it may easier to "pack light".

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  17. This is perfect! I'm actually heading off to a moot next week (law student here) and this will be great as a reference when I'm packing. Love your blog, Kay! I've bookmarked it and I definitely can't wait to keep up with it :)

    xo, Dolce // http://www.mydailysweet.com/
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    1. Thanks! Going to visit yours now!

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  18. Great tips! Love the heels. I had so much black and then I went through a phase where I thought I wanted more color. Now I am back to wanting more black again. The struggle is real. haha

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  19. Those are great tips, thanks for posting them. Have a good trip.

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  20. i never travel for work, so i hate you. jk as if. great tips girl, and i think this can be applied for normal trips as well - blacks or neutrals that can easily be mixed and matched are great.

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  21. This is a fantastic post. I don't think that's too much. In fact, I would add a couple things - a little cocktail dress for the evening event. I am an over-packer too. The idea that I will be living out of a suitcase for a few days makes me want to have a few extra items (I like options) but I think it's best to limit the number of bags you carry.
    Hope you're having a fantastic time.

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    1. Oh girl the normal me would pack EVERYTHING twice! I tried to limit for this trip!

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  22. this is so helpful. i tend to over pack...

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    1. I usually overpack also!! Im trying to change that!

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  23. Since the past month of my life consisted of back-to-back work trips, I agree with your tips above. I always carry-on as I'm worried my checked luggage won't make it and I'll have to go into the office in my airport wear (which is typically super casual). Surprisingly, even for long vacations, I have never been an over packer. I will bring one additional outfit, but that's it.

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