Dorie’s Business Travel Checklist

Hitting the open road. Photo by Andreas Feininger.

This week, I’m facilitating an overnight client strategy retreat in Western Massachusetts.  That means I have to pack – so I’m bringing out Dorie’s Business Travel Checklist, which I’ve developed over the past several years of extensive schlepping for work. I hope you fellow road-warriors find it helpful. You won’t need every item for every trip, but it’ll help ensure you don’t forget something crucial (international converter plugs, anyone?).

Dorie Clark’s Business Travel Checklist

  1. If you have a cat…
    1. Change litter
    2. Dry food
    3. Wet food
    4. Clean water
    5. Leave out to-do list for cat-sitter
    6. Ensure thermostat is set to appropriate temperature
  2. Laptop and charger
  3. Backup laptop
  4. Sync phone/PDA
  5. Bring any relevant files
  6. Wi-Fi air card
  7. Check if cell phone will work where I’m going
  8. Webcam
  9. Videocamera (if needed)
  10. Converter plugs if country uses a different type
  11. Phone and charger
  12. GPS device, charger, and holder
  13. Digital camera and battery charger
  14. Papers with info on flight, hotel, car, tickets to attractions, etc.
  15. Tape recorder, if speaking, plus extra batteries
  16. Speech notes and topic, if presenting
  17. Extra business cards, if speaking
  18. Sign-in sheets, if speaking
  19. umbrella
  20. Reading materials
  21. Bring book or newspapers
  22. Kindle and charger
  23. iPod, headphones, and charger, and car playing device
  24. Download new audiobooks and sync iPod
  25. Netflix (if I want to bring DVDs)
  26. guidebook
  27. sunscreen
  28. baseball hat
  29. if foreign: passport and currency
  30. Check weather report online beforehand (re: clothing)
  31. socks
  32. underwear
  33. bras (for ladies) or undershirts (for men)
  34. PJs
  35. T-shirts
  36. Dress shirts
  37. Belt
  38. Shorts
  39. Dress pants
  40. Sweaters
  41. Coat/scarf/hat/mittens if needed
  42. Sneaker and gym clothes (if there will be a chance to work out)
  43. Bathing suit (if there is a pool/hot tub)
  44. Toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss (under 3 oz)
  45. Deodorant (smaller than 3 oz)
  46. Extra contacts, contact case, glasses, lens solution (under 3 oz)
  47. Purell (under 3 oz)
  48. Moisturizer (under 3 oz)
  49. Nail clipper, tweezers
  50. Concealer
  51. Hairbrush
  52. Lint remover
  53. Feminine supplies, if needed (for ladies)
  54. Dramamine, if needed
  55. Tylenol/Advil
  56. Any prescription medicines
  57. Pre-print boarding pass if possible
  58. Change sheets for house-sitter
  59. Do dishes and remove from dishwasher for housesitter
  60. Change voicemail message on office phone
  61. Email clients contact info if I will be out of range
  62. Pay any bills that are due
  63. Remove trash for house-sitter
  64. Lunch and/or dinner (if there will be a long flight)
  65. Clif Bars for snacks
  66. Various types of shoes, if needed (dress shoes, sneakers, etc.)
  67. Holiday gifts, if relevant
  68. Leave check for catsitter
  69. Travel reading light (if I’ll be staying in a room with someone)
  70. Eye cover (if I need to sleep on flight)
  71. International Drivers License (if international and I will be driving)

What does your travel checklist look like? What have I left off?

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant who has worked with clients including Google, Yale University, and the National Park Service. Listen to her podcasts or follow her on Twitter.