The Art of Packing For the Overnight Business Trip

Heading out of town for a meeting is all about making the most of your time, which means making the most of a few key items. 

It’s easy to overpack for an overnight trip: there’s a ton of temptation to pack clothes you don’t need, which is understandable — it’s always smart to be prepared!

The ultimate hack for a one-day business trip is to pack a few key wardrobe essentials — in the right bag, of course. We, the purveyors of fun and functional luggage at Casey, recommend renting the Hook & Albert Twill Garment Weekender Bag. It’s a slim yet roomy hybrid of a suitcase and a garment bag that secures your clothes so they’re totally wrinkle-proof. Did we mention it has shoe pockets? They’re totally worth obsessing over.

Our friends at Armoire, a women’s clothing rental service, have hand picked some tried and true staples for boss lady travelers to fill a conference capsule that’ll keep you professionally on point all week:


Statement Coat

A Millennial pink trench adds a splash of personality to your polished, professional look. This oversized wool belted coat from French Connection, available to rent on Armoire, is a modern twist on a timeless classic.

Rewritten Pencil Skirt

Sick of solid colors? Try a patterned pencil skirt like this one from Boden for a look that’s edgy-yet-totally profesh.

Tried and True Tweed Blazer

The crown jewel in a boss lady’s wardrobe. A well-tailored tweed blazer like this mustard number from Boden will have you looking and feeling your fiercest.

A Trendy Top

For a look that’s as bold as you are, try mix-and-matching a few patterned pieces. We’re currently crushing on this long sleeve keyhole top from Boden.


We’ve selected two different options for footwear, but we encourage you to pack whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident:

Heels that Won’t Hurt

The Everlane Day Heel has quite a cult following. It boasted a 28,000-person waitlist when it was first released, and it’s easy to see why — the shoe’s elastic backing and two-inch block heel will help your feet feel totally supported, as the name suggests, all day. Did we mention it’s 100% Italian leather? Perfetto.

Super Fresh Flats

We can’t stop gushing about Rothy’s The Point flats — they come in a wide array of colors, there’s no uncomfortable break-in period, and they’re totally machine washable! Since they’re made of repurposed water bottles, you can feel even better about rocking them.

Gadgets and Gizmos—

When you’re on the go, it’s important to have all your electronics charged and at the ready. We recommend:
  • TravelCard - an ultra-lightweight portable battery that’ll fit into your wallet. It’s Wirecutter-recommended, so you know it’s legit.
  • Amazon Kindle - the newest Kindle has seriously amazing battery life — a single charge should last you for weeks, so you can enjoy your favorite book anywhere you go.
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II - these noise-canceling headphones will make you feel like you’re in the quiet car, no matter where you’re going.


Since you’re only packing for one night, we pared your makeup selection down to just a few top picks, keeping sustainable packaging and production in mind:

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