[ Photo by Eric Harmatz ]
This turned out to be a bigger challenge than I thought. In fact, it became less about "Do I really need this?" and more about, "How can I organize this better?"
There's the necessary equipment: the laptop and the cell phone plus their adaptors. Instead of shoveling all the wires and cords in various zippered compartments on my carry-on bag, I separated them in an old makeup bag that I never used--the kind with a few different compartments that fold out and can be zipped up into a small neat bag, similar to this. This not only kept everything organized, but saved on space (and peace of mind when I left, as I tend to forget at least one essential power source).
And then there's the business-friendly attire. I got a set of these compression bags to pack sweaters and blazers, and while they did work well to minimize space, it took a couple of tries to get it really flat. Another thing I've found that packs light and small are Envirosax nylon bags. These bags came in handy during the trip: I used them to separate the dirty from the clean laundry, and protect shoes.
Anyone else have any tips on packing light for a business trip?