what to pack?

I find myself frantically trying to find and fit everything I need for a week of business travel in a carry-on and my backpack. Can we do it? Let’s make the list and see what comes and what goes:

My1 Quart Liquid Bag: (it’s amazing how much crap fits in a Ziploc bag)

  • travel sized toothpaste
  • face wash
  • lotion
  • travel freebie perfume
  • travel sized antiperspirant
  • chap stick
  • contact solution
  • new pair of contacts


  • Laptop
  • Sony Cybershot
  • Business paperwork
  • 1 paperback book
  • Moleskine pocket notebook
  • Adapter
  • Passport
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • Granola bars
  • Gum
  • iPod
  • Medication
  • Glasses/contacts

Carry-on Suitcase:

  • 2 skirts
  • 1 pair of knit slacks
  • 5 blouses
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair of black pumps
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • undergarments (underwear, bras, stockings, etc)
  • 1 sun dress
  • hat
  • toothbrush
  • hairbrush
  • hair ties
  • headband

We’ll see how this works itself out tomorrow when I actually sit down to pack. It’s so hard to pack for business.  I find that business travel almost always requires me to check luggage when I wouldn’t otherwise. Business clothes (i.e. suits) take up so much unnecessary space and require so many things (like extra shoes) that it makes me throw my hands in the air and give up.

But I’m determined to make this trip a carry-on only. And going to India helps because I’m packing summer clothes instead of bulky winter clothes.  I’ll update the post with my success or failure. Flying business means I get free checked bags, but I just hate retrieving the damn things from that carousel.  Call me lazy, but I’d much rather just cruise through arrivals at my destination than move from line to line to line.

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