Business Class: Only a Carry-On?

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Every few months, I fly up to the Bay Area for work. And it's only for a few days at a time--three days here, five days there. This time around, I decided to follow the sage advice of Laure and pack really light...

[ 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?

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