It’s getting to be vacation season. Hooray! Business travelers will often combine a fun trip and a business trip, to maximize time away and minimize travel time and costs. But for people who still want to carry-on, what kind of things can you pack that will do double duty? A packing challenge? I accept!
Pashmina. Yeah, yeah. You hear from me about the glories of the pashmina all the time—in fact, when I was trying to help my sister plan her packing list for a trip to Paris, she told me to “lay off about the scarf already.” Hah! But seriously, they are amazing. A pashmina is a critical accessory to any business outfit, but can serve as a bathing suit cover-up or even a casual dress on vacation.
Floaty tops. My favorite travel uniform is blouse+cardigan+slacks/skirt. Choosing blouses that can stand alone with shorts will stretch your wardrobe.
Dresses/skirts. When choosing which dresses or skirts to bring, look for less structured dresses that can be dressed up for work. For example, instead of a sheath, choose a patterned a-line and top it with a cardigan or blazer when you’re on the job.
Suggested packing list for a 4-day business trip with a long vacation weekend:
- 2 blouses
- 1 cardigan
- 1 blazer
- 1 casual tank
Outfits for work:
Outfits for vacation:
- Shorts+tank (sightseeing)
- Dress+pashmina (dinner out)
- Swimsuit+pashmina (pool time)
- Shorts+casual tank (hanging out)
- Skirt+blouse (brunch)
Readers, how do you pack for work and fun trips in the same suitcase?