How to pack for an extended business trip

Friday, November 1, 2013

How to pack for an extended business trip

Extended business trips are much different than more traditional ones. Whether you're working overseas for several weeks, months or even a year, the experience requires a different approach. Not only would it be wise  to look into serviced apartments and corporate housing, but it also changes the way you prepare. Packing is often a difficult task, regardless of a trip's length, but this is even truer when you're going to be gone for a long time. While it presents new challenges, packing for a long business trip does not have to be a struggle.

Shirts, shirts, shirts
If you're having trouble deciding what clothes to bring, you should focus more on bringing extra shirts. One pair of pants can withstand several days of wear without having to be washed, but the same can certainly not be said for shirts. Electing to pack more shirts will not only save you from some of the anxiety associated with choosing what to wear, but also help clear out some space given that they take up considerably less room. Plus, bringing a few extra shirts can be a life saver in the event of an emergency.

More than clothes
Perhaps the biggest difference between an extended stay and one that only lasts a few days is where you'll be spending your time. A hotel might be OK for a short trip, but fully furnished serviced apartments are the better choice for longer trips, and this requires that you bring some items that you might not otherwise. For instance, if you want to make your new lodging arrangement feel more like home, it might be a good idea to bring some familiar pictures, art or decorations.

Don't forget documents
Packing is not always about saving space or selecting the right clothes, you also need to be sure that you have the right documents with you - there's nothing worse than being on a long trip overseas and realizing you forgot important documents. In addition to your passport, you should also take any visas for the country or countries your visiting and an international driver's license. You should also check with your bank and credit card company ahead of time so they're aware you'll be making transactions abroad.