The Ultimate Travel Essentials for the Jet-Setting Professional

A great travel experience isn’t just about timely departures, smooth connections, and easy arrivals. With all of the components that have to fall into place, there are a lot of situations with travel that are beyond control. However, being prepared ahead of time is the perfect way to make sure that no matter what happens, you are ready with everything you need.

Packing well is the key to having a successful (and comfortable) business trip.

First, you need to pack the right bag for the job. This is essential when setting yourself up for success on a business trip. A great bag should be not only compact (for storing in an overhead compartment, or even better under the seat in front of you), but also well organized for keeping all of your things easy to access and safe.

Some of our favorite bags, perfect for professionals that travel for work:

Transit30 2.0

The Matador Transit Packable Duffel Bag

Matador Transit30 2.0 is the lightest, most compact, weatherproof duffel bag there is. Waterproof 30 denier Cordura® ripstop, sealed seams, and sealing zippers get you from point A to B against any odds. Forget physics, Transit30 2.0 is excess space in a defiantly light package.

KP Duffel

The Keep Pursuing Duffel

Meet the Ultimate Travel Duffel Bag . Fast-looking and elegant, like a Ferrari, with quick-access pockets for your daily essentials. Ventilated shoe compartment keeps your stuff smelling fresh while the scratch resistant PU leather keeps your bag looking great for a really long time. Meets airline carry-on dimensions and includes easily accessible tablet compartment. Whether you’re traveling for business or just going to the gym, do it in style with the Ultimate Travel Duffel Bag.

Never Check Overnight Duffel

Timbuk2 Never Check Overnight Briefcase

A rear document sleeve doubles as a luggage pass-through should you bring a rolling companion, while external laptop access eliminates digging at the gate. Side hooks offer hasty yet secure closure options and an expandable main compartment accommodates the inevitable airport binge shopping. Done in rugged yet refined materials, this overnighter wears well in light of day.

Now that you’re set up with the perfect bag, it is time to load up with the right gear to ensure you’re prepared for everything without overpacking. Our list includes the best items to pack for your next business trip.

These items make great corporate gifts for employees, partners, or clients that frequently travel for work. All of the products listed are available for branding with your logo.

The Ultimate Travel Essentials for the Jet-Setting Professional

Travel Earplugs Kit

A good pair of earplugs.

From the crying baby on the plane, to noisy neighbors at the hotel, there are plenty of chances for your sleep to be compromised. Traveling is already stressful, and getting enough rest (whenever and wherever you can) is so important to keeping your cool. Don’t skimp on this valuable sleep-supporting travel supply.

Freefly16 Packable Backpack

A lightweight day pack.

You never know what kind of turn a day might take. Bring along a lightweight collapsible backpack that you can unfold and use in a pinch, like Matador’s Freefly16 bag. Whether having the time to take an unplanned tour of the city, go for a hike in the wilderness, or just load up on souvenirs, you’ll be prepared for anything.

Organic Cotton Travel Set

An eye mask.

Getting your natural sleep rhythm back on track after a long trip can be challenging, so eliminate the factor of light. Keep a good eye mask in a pocket along with your earplugs. And maybe a small bottle of whiskey (in case of an emergency).

Corkcicle Canteen 16oz

A reusable water bottle.

Moving around all day means you’re inevitably going to get thirsty, especially if a portion of that day includes a flight. Not only is buying a plastic water bottle wasteful, but that bottle won’t keep your water cool or safe from leaking on the valuable tech gadgets in your bag. Bring along a sturdy and insulated bottle that you can refill. The Corkcicle canteen is a sleek solution. With a leak-proof lid, a slip-proof bottom and triple insulation, your beverages will stay cold (or hot) for a long day out.

Powerstation

An easily transportable power bank.

Never get stuck without a way to power up. Bring a power source with you to ensure you have full charge anywhere, at any time. This powerstation by Mophie is a 6,000mAh universal battery packed with power, that includes two additional smartphone charges and two USB ports for plugging in multiple devices at once.

Travel plug adapter

A travel plug adapter.

Find a universal charger to convert power from any outlet. This is especially important for frequent international travelers.

Droplet

A wet gear bag.

Whether you need to tote around sweaty gym clothes, a wet swimsuit, or a towel, a wet gear bag comes in handy over and over again. This Droplet bag from Matador is super compact, making it ideal for travel.

Flatpak Toiletry Bottle

Lightweight (and flattening) toiletry bottles.

Wasted space is, well, a waste. These toiletry bottles by Matador reduce in size as you use them, making your suitcase lighter as you travel.

Wasatch Leather Notebook

A good quality padfolio or notebook.

On a business trip, it is inevitable that you will need to jot down some notes. This is also a great way to keep any business cards or tax-deductible receipts you collect along the way all in one place. The Wasatch leather notebook is a wonderful choice, as the leather exterior and creamy pages will enhance any writing experience. Even taking notes during meetings will be more satisfying.

 

Workout clothes/shoes.

Cardio is a great way to reduce stress between meetings. Bring a lightweight pair of running shoes, and one set of workout clothes to wash in between uses. If you carried your gear all the way to your destination, you’ll be more likely to use it.

A snack.

Ever been stuck on a flight that had to circle a few times before landing? How about waiting for a car share when your stomach started grumbling hours ago? Don’t get hangry about it. Pack a small bag of a healthy non-perishable high-energy-yielding snack with you at all times, like cashews or beef jerky. You won’t regret it.

 

Abbracci Rollerball Pen

A reliable pen.

Don’t be the unprepared person searching for a writing utensil. Keep a reliable pen with your padfolio or notebook at all times. Bonus points for one that’s beautifully designed, like the Abbracci rollerball pen, or the vintage-inspired Tornado Deluxe pen.

Sidekick Cord Wrap

A cord wrap.

Keep all of your cords, chargers, headphones, and power banks organized and all together in one handy place. A jumbled mess of cords is so 2010.

Dryvent Rain Jacket

A travel umbrella or raincoat.

Depending on where you’re going (and what time of year), weather can be notoriously unpredictable. Rather than risk getting caught in a storm, be prepared with either a small travel umbrella or a rain shell that folds up nice and small. The North Face has created a perfectly designed DryVent rain jacket just for this purpose for both men, and women.

Being a savvy professional means being prepared for anything that comes your way. Wherever your business may take you, these travel essentials will make sure that your trip is comfortable and successful.

Considering giving any of these travel items as corporate gifts? That’s a great idea. Let’s get started.

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