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As a consultant, I typically alternate between 3 day business trips and 4 day business trips. For a 3 day business trip, I would bring a carry-on suitcase in addition to my laptop bag. My carry-on is a hard shell suitcase that opens down the middle. I will typically pack all of my clothes on one half with packing cubes, and then my toiletries and shoes in the zippered half to stay in place.
Whether you are packing for a conference or you are visiting one of your clients, the following bullets will help you determine what you need to pack for your 3 day work trip.
3 Day Business Trip Packing List
When I am packing for a 3 day business trip, I pick clothes from my wardrobe that will coordinate so that I do not have to worry about matching. For example, I might choose blue and white shirts, or one week I might choose primarily pink shirts. For a 3 day business trip, I would likely choose one suit color. That might mean wearing navy, and alternating between a navy skirt and navy pants each day.
The following items would take up one half of my suitcase:
- 3 days worth of clothes (3 shirts, 2-3 pants/skirts, 3 pairs of underwear)
- 1 extra pair of professional shoes
- Casual clothes for the evening (2-3 outfits)
- 1 pair of casual shoes
- Work out clothes
No matter how long you are traveling for, when you are packing, you will always want to include one extra outfit. You never know when you might have to stay an extra day for the client, or your flight gets canceled.
The following items would be in my laptop bag:
- Work laptop and charger
- Notepad and pen
- Phone charger
Check out our ultimate packing list for work trips for a detailed breakdown of everything that you should bring on your business trip from week to week.
Toiletries for a 3 Day Business Trip
In addition to your clothes and laptop, you will want to make sure you pack any necessary toiletries. My toiletries and shoes will take up the second half of my suitcase. Items you may want to bring include:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Face wash
- Hairbrush or comb
Some of these items you may already find in the hotel, but I prefer to pack my own brands when going on work trips.
Women’s Packing List for a 3 Day Business Trip
As a woman going on a business trip, there are a few additional items that I would pack in my carry-on for a 3 day business trip. These items would fit on the half of my suitcase with my toiletries.
- Make-up case
- Travel hair dryer
- Hair straightener or curling iron
- Make-up remover
- Cotton balls
Preparing for Your 3 Day Business Trip
Pack the night before your trip, especially if your flight will be early in the morning. Before each business trip, I will pack all of my business clothes, and lay out my travel outfit for the following day. I will top off any of my toiletries, and I will have my make-up bag out and ready to grab once I finish getting ready.
Once you arrive at the hotel, I would recommend setting out all of your clothes for the week. Iron anything that needs to be ironed, and hang your outfits in the closet. This way, you do not need to worry about ironing or looking for your clothes in the morning.
Don’t forget your work laptop, and anything else that you need can be purchased once you arrive at your destination.
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