Sharing a few tips on how to effectively pack for a work conference in one single carry-on, all while still looking professional and cute!
As part of my job I attend a lot of conferences. It’s actually part of my job description, I coordinate and execute my company’s presence at conferences and exhibits, and while figuring out what to wear is the least of my worries it’s still something that I’ve got to add to the list. Other than performing the tasks of my job I still have to manage to look professional in front of a event full of people.
More often than not, I am attending multi-day conference so there’s the added pressure of figuring out what will pack well as well as coordinating accessories that won’t take up room in my suitcase. Typically I don’t pack light but for work trips I stick to a carry-on and that’s it. Since this is something I do every few months, most recently this week, I thought it would be helpful to share my “sage” advice!
What to Wear and How to Pack for a Work Conference
Footwear: Heels that are comfortable and that you can walk in are major essentials. I also recommend sticking to a neutral color that way, if possible, you only have to pack one pair of shoes. You can also consider ditching the heels and opting for equally comfortable, yet stylish, flats. Or even better, pack both a pair of flats and heels for variety and wear the flats for travel to save room in your suitcase.
Dresses: Shift dresses are my favorite for conferences because they are easy and can be belted for a different look in case you have to get creative and wear twice during your trip. I also recommend sticking to fabrics that pack well like ponte and cotton. This way you can avoid doing any ironing.
Toppers: Conferences are almost always guaranteed to be freezing so wardrobe toppers are necessary in my book. While you can pack a cardigan I’m always partial to blazers, I just love them! You are ensured to look professional without much effort and they seriously go with everything! I like to wear mine during travel, too, in case I get cold and to save room in my luggage. Pro tip: I suggest snagging a ponte blazer because they are durable and comfortable!
Something else to consider is your color scheme selection. Typically when I travel I always focus on a color scheme. This way, no matter what I pack, everything works with everything else. In this trip’s case, I only packed dresses to ensure minimal space being taken up in my suitcase – less clothes to pack means less options which I was okay with. However, if you prefer options, I recommend picking a color palette where you have a lot of versatile options. Limiting the color scheme and packing separates (blazers, shirts and pants/skirts) ensures for a variety of options.