Tips for slimming down your business travel wash bag

Travelling for business can be difficult to plan for, leaving you deliberating over what to cut out to make everything fit. When it comes to your wash bag there is the temptation to pack everything so that you are prepared for all occasions, but this can mean wasting precious space on things that you won’t use. Here’s a list of some of our wash bag essentials for business trips, as well as some tips on how to get the most out of your travel space. 

What you should bring in your business washbag:

Washbag

In order to get the most out of your washbag, you must first get one which is the right size. If you buy a smaller one it will encourage you to pack less, which can be a great incentive to cut down on some of the unneeded items you may be tempted to bring. Make sure that the bag that you choose is sturdy and won’t let any products leak over your suits or the rest of your luggage, should it get damaged in transit. 

Shampoo/conditioner

British air travel regulations restrict travellers to containers capable of holding no more than 100ml if you’re only taking hand luggage. Because of this it’s a great idea to find products that combines things like shampoo and conditioner into one. If you can’t find a bottle the right size or want to bring your favourite brand, decant it into a smaller travel safe bottle. It is also worth bearing in mind that almost every hotel has shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and soap available for free, which works well if you only have a short business trip. 

Deodorant

Almost all popular deodorant companies offer travel sized cans which are the correct size for hand luggage restrictions. These provide a great way to take your favourite product whilst obeying travel regulations, and saving weight on roll-ons. 

Toothbrush

You may have the best electric toothbrush in the world but if you want to be efficient with packing, you should really consider going manual. Non-electric toothbrushes can be bought in travel sizes and will save you a great deal of weight and space, and you don’t have to worry about bringing a charger either. 

Moisturiser

Traveling long distances can make you tired and your skin dry. In order to make sure you look your best for any meetings and networking on your trip, bring a travel-sized bottle of moisturiser. If you are traveling to a hot country, try and find some sun cream that combines the two, as this will save you even more space.

Razors

Similarly to the electric toothbrush, bringing a disposable razor will help maximise your space in your wash bag. Disposable razors are allowed on most flights and take up little room. As an added benefit they can be thrown out before your return trip, giving you a little extra room. 

Toothpaste

Make sure the toothpaste you bring adheres to travel restrictions if you’re only taking cabin baggage, and try to get the smallest one possible.

Comb

It’s a good idea to bring a comb rather than a brush when travelling, as this simple tip can save you a lot of space and weight. 

Hand sanitiser

Wherever you are travelling it’s good to make sure that you are protected against germs, especially if you will be shaking lots of hands! Bring a small bottle with you on your trip to make sure you don’t come back with any illnesses.

Hair product

While you may have several products for your hair at home, you need to cut down when it comes to business travelling. Plus remember to make sure any gels, sprays or waxes are under 100ml, unless you’re taking hold baggage.

Medication

Always make sure you have the right amount of any medication you need for your trip. Its also a good idea to have some basics, such as painkillers, with you just in case. 

Zip lock bag

Airport regulations require you to keep all liquids in one zip-top bag. This is good practice anyway as it will mean that if anything leaks in travel, it won’t go everywhere. Make sure the bag is clear and that you have checked that all fluids fit travel regulations before you get to the airport. When you do travel, make sure that your zip bag is easily accessible and bring a few spares just incase. 

When it comes to business travel, as with all other airline travel, make sure you think about the restrictions for cabin baggage when it comes to packing your toiletries. With the wealth of travel sized products on the market it should be easy to make sure that you have exactly what you need, and once you have a wash bag ready, you can keep it stocked for any future trips. 

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