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When lockdown is lifted, many individuals will be thinking ahead to how they can embrace their new normal and get their personal and professional lives back on track once more. For those considering the growth of their companies, a well-timed business trip unlocks a long list of advantages.

Whether you’ve been able to operate in some capacity over the last 12 months or not, a business trip can pave the way to increased growth, market expansion, and enhanced brand awareness.

There are many more reasons why 2021 should be the year of business travel, whatever the size of your business, your corporate ambitions or industry sector.

As with any trip – work or leisure – packing the essentials is the key to a successful excursion. But it’s not just what you pack in your suitcase that’s important…

Here we reveal the packing secrets every business traveller should know so you can take along all you need to make the most of that corporate trip.

Plan ahead

Packing smart begins long before you get that suitcase out of storage. Plan your business trip wardrobe to precision, then lay out your outfit choices plus all the essentials you think you need to evaluate what the real must-brings are.

To save time and pack smart, you could even make a list of what you’ll require for each day of your trip before preparing the items for packing.

When planning your wardrobe, try to choose outfits that you can mix and match with fewer pieces of clothing. This will guarantee a lighter load and plenty of great looks for your trip.

Compress for success

Whether you’re travelling domestically or internationally, no traveller wants to be weighed down by their luggage.

One sure-fire way to make use of every available inch of your suitcase is by compressing items. Clothes, towels, and blankets, in particular, can benefit from compression, with folding items into thirds instead of the standard half able to save you tons of room.

Rolling items is another option for travellers wishing to fit more into their luggage. But beware, while rolled-up clothes are great for filling those nooks and crannies in your suitcase, they are prone to wrinkles.

Invest in a travel essential

If you’re not the best at compressing, there’s one purchase you have to make. No occasional or frequent business traveller should be without this travel essential, as Asher & Lyric explains:

“Packing cubes will make your business trip packing and unpacking so much easier. Stay organized by utilizing these handy cubes when packing your suitcase and keep yourself from over packing. These cases come in different sizes and colours and even include laundry and shoe bags as well!”

As well as helping you maximise your suitcase space, packing cubes will make staying organised throughout your trip extra easy.

The carefully-organised cubes allow for quick and simple identification. Packing cubes also keep clothes neat and minimise wrinkles so they’ll be less ironing to do too!

A word about footwear

Footwear takes up a lot of room, which is why being smart with the shoes you take along on your business trip counts. If your trip is less than a week, aim to pack two or three pairs of shoes for different occasions.

Comfort is important but so is a sleek, professional look. Thankfully, you don’t have to pack and suffer heels on your business trip with these stylish work flats.

Remember you can also use footwear to save yet more suitcase space. Stuff underwear, socks, toiletries, and other small items into your shoes. This will save space and protect the shoes from becoming misshapen during transit.

For those looking to book a business trip to kick-start a new venture, Cambridge is the right destination for you.

Find out more about why Cambridge is the best place to start a business then go ahead and book your accommodation with Citystay.

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