Packing for a Work Trip

I’m on my way to Boston for a two-day meeting and I’m thrilled because it’s my first ever work trip. I’ll also be staying an extra day for a mini vacation. Packing for a 3 1/2 day trip proved to be more challenging than I thought. With some editing and a lot of simplifying, I was able to fit everything in a small backpack.

For the meeting, I decided on two simple ensembles that I feel best in: a knee-length, short-sleeve black dress and a black pant paired with a white, button-down tunic. Both are paired with my favorite nude flats and a gold, spiked necklace for a touch of edginess.

For the weekend, I’m bringing along some boyfriend t-shirts and the jeans I’m wearing on the plane. I’m throwing in a pair of sandals and a pair of sunglasses, just in case.

Packing for a Work Trip | Refined Lately

| Target t-shirts | Ray Ban sunglasses | Payless flats | Ann Taylor shirt | CUSP dress | Vince Camuto sandals | GAP jeans | INC pants | necklace from Loehmanns |

Packing toiletries and makeup is a bit of a challenge. Is anyone else surprised with the number of products they use when they pack? This set of 3 travel bottles from the Dollar Store and empty sample containers are life-savers for traveling. For packing light, decanting is a practical solution.

For makeup and skincare, multi-use items save even more space. Some of my go-to multipurpose items are the Philosophy Pure Grace Shampoo, Bath and Shower GelJosie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil, and the Aura Cacia Restoring Rosehip Oil.

Packing for a Work Trip | Refined Lately

| Boots Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm | Aura Cacia Restoring Rosehip Oil | Philosophy Pure Grace | Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion | Sun Bum SPF 50 | Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil | Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude

Packing for a work trip, or any trip, comes down to reflecting on what we need and editing accordingly. For me, this is the perfect time to really look at everything I use and figure out which ones I need for daily use and which have gone unnoticed or unnecessary in my collection.

For more tips, tricks and inspiration for your trip, check out these lovely ladies:

Inside My Overnight Beauty Bag | Bed in the Kitchen

Travel Beaty Tip: Beauty Samples | Ellie Ferrer

The Art of Packing | The Private Life of a Girl

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