I’m pleased to be a co-author Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire. The other mompreneur experts featured in the book are stellar and “have been there done that”…and in some cases (like me) are STILL doing that.
One chapter entitled, “From Business Suit to Bathing Suit” discusses mastering business travel with family & friends. I’ve been traveling for years but it’s very rare that I travel for business with my children. So having an expert’s advice was pretty enlightening for me. Cindy Sakai gives you a strategy for surviving the airplane ride (like board last), toys to avoid some things to consider when you and your family have reached your destination (like how to manage work and play time) and a suitcase strategy that allows you to keep business travel light.
I have always been able to pack light for myself. As a matter of fact I traveled Europe for two weeks doing seminars from the U.K. to London with a carry on suitcase and large purse! My family and friends are amazed by my packing skills! Sometimes I amaze myself.
So I’ve included my personal packing list. This has saved me from nail-biting plane rides wondering if I’ve forgotten something.
A couple of business travel tips:
- Everything in listed in the “Toiletries” section below should remained packed in your business luggage at all times.
- Locate the closest Wal-Mart as soon as you arrive to purchase necessities. For me it’s bottled water, apples, mini carrots, nuts and raisins. Wal-Mart is the perfect store because you can also purchase forgotten items; anything from wrinkle-free khaki’s, to baby wipes, to music cd’s.
- Roll clothes instead of folding them. This saves space.
- Leave your business suit on the hanger in the drycleaners plastic bag. I’ve tried rolling it and folding it the results are the same; minimum wrinkles.
- Write a To Do list and keep it in your suit case. This list should consist of everything that you need to be taken care of before you leave. Also include a To Do list of everything you want your children to do while you are gone. Leave that list posted on the fridge and when you return home you can check it off before placing it back into your suitcase.
- Enjoy yourself without guilt. While on business I’ve had the opportunity to detour and visit Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, ride the falls of Niagara and a host of other adventures. My mommy mind said, “awwww, I want my children and husband to be here. I’ll wait until we can do it together.” But the truth is: it may be years (and it has been years) before we ALL have the same schedules, the same taste for adventure & knowledge and the children are all at a easy traveling age, For instance, visiting the Smithsonian Library is not something my husband is interested in. The two older kids will enjoy it for a short period of time and my three younger ones would whine just looking at the building. I was able to delight myself for 3 hours!
Copy and paste the packing list below for your sanity and read the book Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire for your success. You’ll be glad you did.
My Packing List for Business Women
1 pair of walking/comfortable shoes
1 pair of heels
2 pairs of pants (one dressy, one casual; wrinkle-free khaki is recommended)
2 shirts (long/short-sleeved that matches the 2 pants)
1 light cardigan for layering
2 pair of stockings
undergarments-bra and panties 1 for each day (silk, lace, or micro-fiber dries quickest but cotton is healthier)
workout clothes and socks
1 swimsuit (packed in a plastic bag)
Pajamas-one large Tee
Body soap/puff (washcloth); most European hotels do not supply washcloths
Toothbrush/travel size toothpaste/floss
Other BASIC hair necessities
small spray bottle of bleach water and baby wipes (to spray toilet seats, doorknobs, tv remote, bathtub)
Feminine hygiene products
Nail clippers/file/polish (for touch ups)
Travel size hand sanitizer
Vitamins packed in a labeled container
Baby powder (dry shampoo for hair)
Money and Security
Moneybelt: Passport, plane ticket, debit card, credit cards, traveler’s checks, railpass, driver’s license (this should be carried on your body not in a suitcase)
Security: Bury copies of your passport, plane ticket, and prescriptions in the bottom of your luggage & leave copies at home with family.