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Passport? Check. A booking for a business hotel in Manila or Hong Kong? Check. Plane tickets? Check.
These three items are the first things that come to mind when talking about essentials for a business trip. However, they aren’t the only items that you should have in your luggage when you travel. Here are seven other must-haves for your journey:
1. Well-Tailored Black Blazer
No matter the color of your blouse, a black blazer is the perfect match. A staple of business attire, this top can easily transform a t-shirt and jeans getup into a dressier outfit. That way, even if you run out of blouses to wear to your meetings, you won’t worry about having nothing to wear.
2. Pair of Closed Shoes with a Sensible Heel
It’s a business trip, so yes, you do have to dress the part—down to your footwear. Leave the stilettos at home, unless you can walk around in them for an hour. Go for a more comfortable, safer choice such as pumps with heels that are three inches at most.
3. Stick of Plain Lip Balm
“But I already have a stick of lipstick/tinted lip balm!” You may say this—but we assure you this stick of plain lip balm is not just for your barely-there look. For example, you can use it to tame flyaway strands of hair or erase mascara smudges. You can also use it to loosen a tight ring that’s stuck on your finger or to open stuck zippers. With many other life hacks that make use of plain lip balm, it’s definitely a must-have in your travel kit.
4. Pack of Safety Pins
You never know when a button for your blouse may give way or a zipper could malfunction. Sometimes, it might happen right before a critical meeting or an important presentation. To deal with these kinds of fashion emergencies in a jiffy, always have some safety pins on hand. That way, you won’t waste time looking for one when you have to deal with a wardrobe malfunction.
5. Instant Stain Remover Pen
Accidentally got some coffee splashes on your blouse? Sauce droplets on your top during lunch? Stop dabbing it with alcohol or water in the hopes of removing it. Just purchase a stain remover pen such as Tide To Go to erase the stain quickly and easily.
6. A Set or Two of Smart Accessories
Business trips are all about dressing smart, so you don’t really need to bring your entire jewelry collection with you. Just one or two complete sets of accessories—earrings, necklace, bracelet, and a watch—will be enough.
7. A Confident Demeanor and a Warm Smile
Even today, many women are afraid of being seen as too bossy when they try to become more assertive. But as an article in the Wall Street Journal notes, there are some ways to display assertion without being abrasive. One example would be to use nonverbal cues such as expansive bodily stances or paraverbal signals such as a louder voice. Paired with a warm smile, these actions can help you get the contacts that you need or to seal the deal.
These seven things will surely help you during your voyage, no matter how long or short it may be. But we’re just getting started here. What other things should women bring along on a business trip?