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International Etiquette for Business Travelers: One Week, One Bag

02/03/2015 02:32 pm ET | Updated Apr 04, 2015

Q: Dear Diane, I'm not sure what to pack for an upcoming international business trip. I will be gone for one week.
M.P.

A: Hello M.P., I contacted KAYAK, the world's leading travel search engine, for their expert advice on what not to forget on your international excursion. David Solomito, North America Brand Director, shares his tips below.

David recommends packing:

  • A compact Wi-Fi enabled tablet for easy access to your book and movie collection on the plane or train ride.
  • A currency converter to calculate how much a 500 Yen cup of coffee is going to set you back.
  • An outlet adaptor for all your gadget-charging needs.
  • Copies of your health insurance and credit cards.
  • Noise cancelling headphones and a portable external battery charging pack.
  • A sweatshirt and an extra pair of socks to stay warm and comfortable on the plane.
My travel suggestions:
  • Consider a "carry-on". Any seasoned traveler will tell you the goal is to streamline your clothes and avoid delays and lost luggage upon your arrival. It is worth the expense to invest in a quality carry-on suitcase or duffel with wheels that will fit in the overhead bin.
  • Review your itinerary, check the weather forecast, and plan accordingly. It's not necessary to take your entire closet for a one-week stay abroad. Some travelers purchase slim packing cubes to keep things organized. Ziploc bags in varying sizes also work well to keep items separated and in order.
  • Travel size products. Remember shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, hand sanitizer, body lotion, and lip balm. Buy what you have forgotten when you arrive.
  • Stick to one color palette. Men can accent their wardrobe by changing ties and sports jackets. Similarly, women may wish to complete a look with their choice of inexpensive jewelry and scarves. Utilize a sweater for casual wear, or under a suit jacket when chilly.
  • Items to include for men:
  • - 1 suit

    - 1 belt

    - 3 trousers

    - 3 ties

    - 4 shirts

    - 2 sports jackets

    - 2 casual slacks

    - 1 pullover sweater

    - 1 pair dress/work shoes

    - 1 pair tennis shoes

    - 2 sets of workout gear (wash out in the sink)

  • Items to include for women:

  • - 1 suit

    - 2 jackets

    - 1 sweater set

    - 2 dress pants or skirts

    - 4 blouses

    - 1 pair dress/work shoes

    - 1 pair tennis shoes

    - 2 sets of workout gear (wash out in the sink)

  • Wear your bulkier items on the plane, such as your coat and boots. Adjust your packing list as needed.
  • Ship heavy presentation material in advance. Have it waiting for you at your business destination.
  • Leave expensive jewelry and extravagant outfits at home. It serves as a temptation for theft, or may draw unnecessary attention.

Don't forget to review TSA guidelines before zipping up your suitcase.

For more information on Business Etiquette and International Travel, visit Diane's blog and read her article, How Should I Prepare for My First International Business Trip.