When you consider that you will never get a second chance to make a good first impression, its obvious that careful wardrobe planning is the key to a successful business trip. Of all the kinds of trips you might take in your lifetime, business travel requires the most careful consideration — its about your livelihood. Appearance counts! Etch this into your mind.
Dressing for business is not about wearing what you feel like wearing: it is about wearing what you must to get the job done and make the best impression. If you travel in sweats and your business contact unexpectedly meets you at the airport it will take a lot of suit. and-starched-shirt days to change this too-casual image. Your travel and business attire should convey responsibility and professionalism at all times.
Decide What to Take
less is best — pack the smallest amount possible to be well dressed. Traveling with carry-on luggage for a short trip Is the most efficient use of your time, but as the airlines continue to limit the size and number of carry-on pieces this becomes more difficult. Some frequent business travelers pack very light but have laundry done daily In the hold. This is an expensive vet efficient alternative to packing more.
IBC sure to read -Checking or Carrying Bags!’ For a trip of more than three days in one location, consider packing more and checking your baggage. There is a tradeoff between maximizing work time and being willing to wait for bags because you need more clothing to be professionally presentable. Do not travel in anything you cannot wear for business lust imagine arriving without your luggage and having to do business wearing leans In a suit cultum. If you plan to check your luggage, travel in appropriate business clothing and carry your toiletries, cosmetics, and a change of shirt blouse and underwear with you. Daytime Business Wardrobe Options I Use your itinerary to plan a calendar (see page 101 and assign clothing notes to each event.
Know the business customs and culture of the place
you are visiting For example, the business uniform of Singapore (depending on the industry; is an open-collared, short-sleeved dress shirt with dress pants — and a coat and tie only if you’re meeting with the company president. Don’t try this in Tokyo though, where white shirt, tie, and dark suit arc the only accepted uniform. Conversely, in Phoenix some men (even conservative bankers) wear short-sleeved shirts and cowboy boots with their suits. Women generally wear suits or conserv•
alive dresses plus pantyhose for business attire around the world, even in 110’f weather If you arc unsure about the appropriate business attire for your destination, ask the people you II be meeting or a colleague who has been there before Your type of business and the business activities planned during your stay also set the tone for dress. hands on projects require more casual dress, while sales presentations to the president of the company will call for your most formal business attire. You can’t go wrong in a suit, dress shin, and tic for men: a conservative dress or a suit with a simple blouse, sheer hose and mid • heel pump is a safe bet for women You might be a bit overdressed, but It is always best to err on the conservative side