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Luggage Hyperspace Spinner 21.5 Expandable Suitcase
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The Ideal Carry-on Bag. Samsonite is known for their durable travel pieces that last forever, and many of us in the office swear by this Spinner Expandable Suitcase. At 21.5”, it is suitable for carry-on, and it’s 4 spinner wheels make getting around the airport a breeze. It has front pockets to easily access any papers, or your laptop. And the wetpak and mesh pockets on the inside make organizing your stuff so much easier. We love the fact that it expands, too. If you end up coming home with more than you went with (we tend to gather things – papers, hand-outs, free pens), you can expand your bag and it will all still fit. And, of course, we can’t ignore style. This is a really good-looking suitcase. It comes in this rich grey, as well as a simple black. If you are one who has trouble remembering where you slipped your luggage in to the overheads, there is a pretty teal blue, also.
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10/14/2014

Packing for a Business Trip Doesn’t Have to be Overwhelming

Getting ready for a business trip is always a bit of an undertaking, isn’t it? No matter how often we travel, there are always the matters of getting your life in order before you leave – will the pets be fed/walked? Ditto on the kids. Is the work I need to bring or present at the meeting ready? Are there any major work fires I need to put out before I leave? And then, at what often feels like the last minute…what am I packing? It’s a tricky one. At the time when you often need to look the most professional, you are trying to squeeze everything into a suitcase. So, let’s start there. If you can, avoid checking a bag. It saves you so much time at the airport, especially if you travel often. And, you avoid the risk of losing your luggage, and having nothing with you for the entire trip. Officially, the FAA says your bag needs to be less than 45 linear inches for carry on. Carry-on guidelines do vary by carrier, though a 22” suitcase usually works. Spinner wheels really help rolling, especially when you will also have your work bag filled with your laptop and files. We also like to always keep a separate set of travel size toiletries ready to go. Refill them at the end of a trip, if necessary, while it’s still fresh in your mind. This saves so much time and energy remembering if you have everything. Lastly, have a travel bag ready to go with all your chargers and cords you need for your electronics. If you travel often, it is very worthwhile to have an extra set that, like your toiletries, you just keep packed. Oh, and keep a travel umbrella in a pocket of your carry-on bag…you never know. And now, the important stuff (well, to us, anyway)…what are you packing in that bag? Mixing and matching is the key to light packing. We all know this, but that doesn’t always make it easy to execute.

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Flight 001 - Fill & Fly Carry On Quart Bag
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Fill & Fly Carry On Quart Bag
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The Clear Toiletry Case. Not only is this bag clear and quart-size, which is required to carry on to the plane, it comes with 4 really durable – and refillable – bottles for your necessary toiletries. 2 of them have pumps, which isn’t always easy to find in travel-size. This is enough for a few day business trip, and you can keep them filled and ready to go, so you don’t need fuss with your everyday toiletries. (If you need small jars for your toiletries instead, this option has a couple of those.)
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Gucci - GG Pattern Scarf
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GG Pattern Scarf
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The Versatile Scarf. We love a scarf, or two, to not only change up the look of our outfits, but it’s great for the actual travel day for the plane. Have one neutral option that is luxurious and soft - it will be your go-to that creates polish to any outfit - and make your comfy travel clothes more presentable if you run into a colleague at the airport. You can even leave it packed in your bag, if you travel often. Go with a seasonless wool or cashmere to keep you warm on the plane, and prevent you from getting too hot when you layer it with your outfit during meetings. We couldn’t resist this Gucci oversized scarf. (There’s a beautiful silver version, too.) The Italian wool is buttery soft and it’s a great size to wrap yourself in, and stylish to wear around your shoulders or neck with a blazer or simple dress. It is timeless, superb quality that will never go out of style. Roll up an extra, more colorful, scarf in your packed shoes to change up your outfit before you head out to drinks and dinner that night.
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Vince - Slim Ankle Trousers
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Slim Ankle Trousers
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The Key Item Pants. You may opt for your pants to be that key item. That’s great, too. Again, pick something simple that will go with different tops, blazers, and cardigans. It can be a straight leg or a slimmer silhouette, like these pants from Vince. The fit is typical Vince – contemporary, but easy. They are very versatile, working in conservative or more creative environments, and with blazers, sweaters, and blouses. They have great stretch to them, so they will hold up after a long day of meetings and still look fresh for dinner. Any shoe will work with them – heels, oxfords, ballet flats or loafers – which is another key to simplify packing. Make sure everything works with one pair of shoes – that will leave room for your sneakers, if you want to hit the gym.
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Jotila Collarless Tweed Jacket
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Jotila Collarless Tweed Jacket
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The Key Item Blazer. To efficiently mix and match, you need to pick the one item that will get re-used an build around it. That item should be simple, so it’s not as noticeable that you’re re-wearing it. Opt to do this with your blazer, changing up your blouse, pants/skirt, and potentially adding a scarf. You could also wear it on the plane (and ask to hang it) to avoid packing it – or needing to get the wrinkles out. Since your jacket is the outer layer, don’t be afraid to wear it twice. You’ll change up the look with the rest of the outfit – pants and a shirt one day, skirt and a knit top, or a dress another. If you will be at a conference or a trade show, you’ll be seeing a lot of different people each day, anyway. We like picking a jacket that works back to black, but isn’t too bold, making it easy to match the rest of your pieces. This Hugo Boss style does just that – the subtle tweed ties in black, blue, white. The collarless style is simple so it will work with any crewneck or collared layered underneath. The length and modern fit (trim, but not oversized) will work with pants, skirts, or dresses. If they don't have your size, you can pre-order it from Saks.
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Anker - 2nd Gen Astro Mini Ultra-Compact Portable Charger Lipstick-Sized External Battery Power Bank
The On-the-go Charger. This is one of our favorites – especially if we’re in meetings all day or traveling. If works for a lot of different phones, including the new iPhone 6. We love how small it is, especially when our bags are heavy enough with all of our stuff. And we have to admit, we’re suckers for the fun colors – nothing too over-the-top, so you can take them out and not feel silly at a meeting. We are fans of this gold color, but the silver and pink are easy to spot in your bag, too. Oh, and the most important part? You’ll be able to get a full charge to your phone, so you can actually use it.
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Cocoon - GRID-IT Organizer
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GRID-IT Organizer
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The Electronics Organizer. When we’re traveling, especially for work, we’ve got ALL of our electronics with us. We might have 2 phones, an iPad or two, a laptop…the list can go on. And most of them have their own individual wires and chargers. And that is where the brilliance of the GRID-IT organizer comes in. Simple as can be, but oh-so-effective, we wish we had thought of it. It’s basically an 8x12” board covered in stretchy elastics, so you can slide your smaller electronics, adapters, wires under a band to keep it organized. No more searching in the bottom of your bag, no more knotted wires. This will fit in your carry-on luggage and most totes.
 

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