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How to Pack a Carry-On For a Business Trip

If regular travel is part of your career, you need tips for best practices to get you to your destination as efficiently as possible. How you pack your bags is a large part of the equation that will affect how quickly you’re able to get from one place to the next.


Packing for business travel can be an anxiety-inducing task unless you’re a seasoned pro. You have to pack the wardrobe you’ll need, toiletries, and bring a mobile office with you. It’s very different from packing for a vacation. Most of us have strict schedules to keep when traveling for business purposes. And because of tight schedules, efficiency is key. You want to pack as minimally as possible, keeping necessities quickly accessible, to make transitions from your flight to ground transportation to your hotel as efficient as possible.

Never Check A Bag

Checking bulky luggage almost always creates more hassle than it’s worth. There is the additional time when you arrive at the airport to check the bag, time spent at the baggage carousel at your destination, and there’s always the possibility of your belongings being damaged, or waiting for lost luggage. In business travel, efficiency is the name of the game. Once you arrive at your destination you’re likely on a schedule, and you can’t afford the extra time and the possibility of losing your belongings because of checked luggage.

You should never need to check a bag, even for a two-week trip overseas. With only a carry-on bag you can go directly from long-term parking to the security checkpoint, then to your flight’s gate. Once the flight lands you can go directly to ground transportation and get to the work that brought you there in the first place. If you haven’t already committed yourself to this practice, make the decision now to never again check your luggage.  

Use the Right Travel Bag!

Not all travel bags are created equally. Your belongings should be well-organized and easily accessible when you’re on the road or in the air. Have you ever had to open the large compartment of your luggage to weed through all of your carefully folded and packed belongings just to find one small item? We all have and it’s a frustrating predicament when you’re at the airport, or even worse, on your flight. Pockets, compartments, pouches, straps, and zippers matter.

What Makes Our Travel Bag Different?

There are a number of features of the Nomatic Travel Bag that set it apart from all the rest. It is engineered to pack all of your essential belongings as compactly and optimally as possible. We know what items are the most essential for travel, and there’s a spot for it in the Nomatic Travel Bag. It’ll be the only bag you’ll ever need for traveling. Here are just a few of its unique features:

  • Strap SystemEasily adjustable to switch between a duffle bag and a backpack—with no dangling straps!

  • Bottle PocketLocated on the top of the backpack for easy access to your water bottle. Your belongings stay dry, and you stay hydrated.

  • Laundry BagHang it on a doorknob when you’re at the hotel, zip it shut to keep dirty and clean clothes neatly separated on the flight home.

  • Shoe CompartmentAccessible from the bottom of the bag, keeping clothing and valuables protected from your shoes.

  • Laptop/TabletPadded pockets for both a laptop and tablet so you can keep all your gear in one bag, rather than traveling with a carryon bag and a briefcase.

  • RFID Protected/Cord ManagementKeep your scannable items protected in the RFID protected pocket. Your charging cords and headphones will be tangle-free and easily-accessible in this side storage area.

  • And more!

Pack Less Than You Need

After you’ve packed everything, go back and remove ten percent of it. Nearly everyone returns home with unworn clothing, or a book that was never read. If the item isn’t necessary, leave it at home. Minimalism is the name of the game.


Question every single item you pack. Do you really need to pack toiletries, or can you purchase only what you’ll need at your destination? Pack just enough clothing and other belongings to get you through your trip. Chances are, you really don’t need an extra button-down or polo shirt “just in case.” If you don’t have enough clothing to last through your stay, utilize on-site laundry services.


Pack neutral colored clothing so everything can mix and match. This eliminates the need to pack several separate outfits for different occasions. Bring multi-functional clothing that can be worn to meetings, seminars, cocktail receptions, and even dinners. Be sure that even your accessories are versatile.

Buy A Nomatic Travel Bag

Make your next business trip more productive by packing your carry on bag as efficiently as possible.  Free yourself from the bulky luggage and over-packing habits. Buy a Nomatic travel bag today, and see the difference it can make in your business travel needs!


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