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Business Travel Essentials: Carry On & Toiletries

And just like that it’s time to board another flight.

Little helpers are always welcome.

It was particularly hard to leave my little people this evening. Maybe because I know this is going to be a long week away – 2 countries, 3 hotels, 5 nights, our longest yet! – and maybe also because the crisp fall air has just started to sneak in and I don’t want to miss a second of talking about the leaves changing or snuggling up just when the temperature shifts.

I got a lot of help packing today. Which made it a little longer than expected and a lot more fun.

And since I’ve done a lot of international travel for work in my day, I think it’s time I share some of my key Traveling Diva carry on essentials for *business travel — which I use for both domestic and international work trips. So let’s go:

Main Bag Items:

  1. Crossbody purse (hands free, and strapped to your body is key)

  2. Mini wallet with card essentials

  3. Passport

  4. Sunglasses

  5. Charging cables & universal international plug

  6. Reusable water bottle & Yeti for tea/coffee in transit

  7. Vitamins: multivitamin, Zinc, Echinacea, Vitamin C packets

  8. Meds: Advil & Allergy chewables (I always travel with Allercetin Allergy & Sinus chewables)

  9. Emergency Snacks: Almond butter, protein bars (love RxBars and ThinkProducts bar), and VitalProteins collagen peptides packets; I try to steer clear of any meltable items, but I’m less concerned this round given the time of year and my destinations

  10. Tissues

  11. Makeup bag, essentials only

  12. Scarf (planes get cold, and this can dub as a blanket/towel/fashion item)

Toiletry bag (with hook!), fully loaded, never unpacked only refilled:

  1. Face mask sheets

  2. Disposable razor

  3. Tiny sewing kit

  4. Makeup remover towelettes

  5. Hair elastics, ear plugs, tweezers, Q-tips, eye drops

  6. Tums & Pepto-Bismal tablets

  7. Minis: Dr. Bronner Castile Soap (can clean basically everything), deodorant, hair spray, dry shampoo, heat protectant oil/spray

  8. Teeth care: Sonicare with head in steripod (the only item I remove), toothpaste, floss, wisps

  9. Tide-to-Go stick

  10. Not pictured: Probiotics (I prefer Jarrow-Formulas, which are room temp stable); I like to travel with probiotics especially in places where water might not always be the cleanest and you need to dine out. These have saved me in India, and I now always bring them along.

*Note: This list is for business travel, with the assumption that some amenities will be available on the flight (business class travel expected) and/or at the hotel (hair products, soap, coffee). This list would be adjused slightly for personal travel and/or family travel.

And now we’re ready for anything.

What’s in your bag?

xx, Danielle

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