The Art of Business Travel

It may have been said (by us) that we’re experts when it comes to travelling. Work trips abroad probably sound like the whole reason you got your degree but the reality is noisy hotel rooms and irons that are a certified crime against humanity. Our gift to you? The critical pack list — learnt the hard way.

Packing

It's already 11pm, and your taxi — which you've totally booked — is arriving in seven hours. You've rolled (never folded) the essential items but making hotels bearable is all about the home comforts for us.

These Desmond and Dempsey cotton pyjamas are based on the shape of a man's shirt — with a comfy long cut body. We favour their shorts pairing for battling over-officious heating.

These Desmond and Dempsey cotton pyjamas are based on the shape of a man's shirt — with a comfy long cut body. We favour their shorts pairing for battling over-officious heating.

Dispense with the need for hold luggage, and any reliance on the products offered by your hotel – decant your faves into Muji's travel bottles. Conditioner is key.

Dispense with the need for hold luggage, and any reliance on the products offered by your hotel – decant your faves into Muji's travel bottles. Conditioner is key.

Your blackout curtains aren't going to fit in the case. Make like Holly Golightly and take matters into your own hands with this super soft white waffle eye mask.  

Your blackout curtains aren't going to fit in the case. Make like Holly Golightly and take matters into your own hands with this super soft white waffle eye mask.
 

Hotel tea-making facilities won't include Prince & Sons. Take your own stash of camomile — the queen of calming herbal teas, and mint to ease the obligatory late suppers.

Hotel tea-making facilities won't include Prince & Sons. Take your own stash of camomile — the queen of calming herbal teas, and mint to ease the obligatory late suppers.

Flying

Armed with nuts, seeds and fruit for snacking purposes (when have you ever had good food on a plane?), pick up that book you haven’t got round to reading yet, or hide your trashy mag in something highbrow. We won't tell. 

Spray on moisture from thisworks hydrates your thirsty visage with plant oils and organic aloe vera. It also smells great.

Spray on moisture from thisworks hydrates your thirsty visage with plant oils and organic aloe vera. It also smells great.

Over 20 million hold bags are mishandled each year. This four-wheeled carry on is ergonomic, strong and lightweight — perfect for dashes between terminals.

Over 20 million hold bags are mishandled each year. This four-wheeled carry on is ergonomic, strong and lightweight — perfect for dashes between terminals.

Queuing and airports are a thing. Accept this fact and have your travel docs ready at all times in this slim, leather Smythson travel pouch.

Queuing and airports are a thing. Accept this fact and have your travel docs ready at all times in this slim, leather Smythson travel pouch.

Fill a water bottle as soon as you pass security. Bobble's range are dishwasher safe and filter the taste of chlorine from tap water less exceptional than Birmingham's.

Fill a water bottle as soon as you pass security. Bobble's range are dishwasher safe and filter the taste of chlorine from tap water less exceptional than Birmingham's.

Wearing

Opt for classic items that are versatile and can easily be worn together to create different looks. Darker colours are always wise when away from a washing machine or wardrobe full of alternatives.

Charcoal wool with a longline silhouette, this tailored Whistles blazer looks presentable straight off the plane.

Charcoal wool with a longline silhouette, this tailored Whistles blazer looks presentable straight off the plane.

Court shoes are universal workwear. This grey pair from Carvela update the staple with a block heel and are comfortable as well as professional.

Court shoes are universal workwear. This grey pair from Carvela update the staple with a block heel and are comfortable as well as professional.

Add interest and colour with this ochre and blue graphic print scarf from Hobbs and use it to cover up if the flight gets chilly.

Add interest and colour with this ochre and blue graphic print scarf from Hobbs and use it to cover up if the flight gets chilly.

Polyester sounds awful but this Cos shirt looks and feels like a silk blend and best of all — zero ironing. Goes rather well with a tailored blazer too.

Polyester sounds awful but this Cos shirt looks and feels like a silk blend and best of all — zero ironing. Goes rather well with a tailored blazer too.

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