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Conference and Meeting Travel: Pack for the one-night trip
Packing for one-night business trips is a lot like doing so for visitation weekends with my son when I build in an overnight. Clothing just isn't that big a concern. The big question is when the business is actually happening.
I was lucky: the dress code was casual. Nonetheless, I had to wear a decent looking shirt because I knew I'd be on camera and filmed from the waist up. And, hey – it's never bad to wear a shirt that you could be seen in on television. The instructions I got from the company were fairly specific: no stripes and no sheen. So, I dressed for that in the morning, caught the Acela up to Boston, and arrived for my video shoot half an hour early and with no need to get dressed. The shirt was fine for the two later appointments, as well. I only had to back a change of clothes (except jeans) for the next day, and that was easy to stuff into the bag I carry every day.
Now, arriving the night before an event is a bit more difficult. You need to make sure you can accommodate clothing that will meet with the dress code, and you can't just travel in your business clothes. So, you might have to drag along a carry-on with a suit or business casual clothing in it. To avoid this (except for a suit), I tend to change into the required clothes right before my "night before" travel, so I won't need to pack it. This way, they won't be as wrinkled or dirty when I need them the next day.
The key is to wear as much as you can and pack as little as possible. Keep your bag simple, and the short-and-fast business conference or meeting trip becomes much, much easier.