Packing for a business trip can be a challenge, and when the summer heat is a factor, it only gets trickier. Not only do you have to find professional pieces that can be mixed and matched and won’t wrinkle in your suitcase—you also have to account for the inevitable reality of sweat.
Not to fear: I’ve spent years advising my followers on smart workwear solutions. Here are my top tips for packing for a summer business trip in a carry-on.
Packing Tips for Summer Business Trips
Tip 1: Prioritize Power Travel Pieces
M.M.LaFleur recently introduced a new category called Power Travel. Every piece included is both comfortable and wrinkle-resistant enough to be worn in transit and polished enough for a work event. Basically, the idea is that you should be able to wear these styles from the plane to your first meeting without having to change—thus eliminating the need for a special “travel day” outfit.
Tip 2: More Tops, Fewer Layers
During summer, the biggest problem you’ll face with packing is the inevitability of sweat. Luckily, tops, which need to be washed most often, tend to take up the smallest amount of space in your suitcase, so you can get away with bringing several options to wear throughout your trip. In contrast, jackets tend to be bulkier, taking up more room in your bag. Try relying on a single layer that’s comfortable enough to wear on the plane, like the Merritt jardigan.
Tip 3: Behold: the Magic of Odor-Resistance
Several M.M.LaFleur pieces (such as the Nora top and Lagarde shirt) are treated with an all-natural anti-odor finish called Polygiene®, which means you can wear them multiple times without having to wash them (yes, even in summer!). It’s a game-changing feature in general, but especially when you’re on the road.
The Packing List
The Merritt jardigan is such an elevated piece, but because it’s so cozy and stretchy, you can also wear it for travel days. Layers tend to take up much more space in your suitcase than something like a tank top, so wearing them on the plane saves room. Plus, because it’s so versatile, the Merritt is a great option if you only have space for one jacket.
STYLES #2 & #3
The Nora is a great top for layering under jackets and sweaters, and thanks to the elegant neckline, it can also be worn as a special-occasion piece. Even better: It’s wrinkle-resistant, odor-resistant, and machine-washable—the travel trifecta. I love it so much, I pack it in multiple colors.
STYLES #4 & #5
The cut of the Soyoung T-shirt is so chic and classic, but the best thing about it isn’t something you can see: It’s made from the most luscious organic pima cotton, and it feels like you’re wearing a cloud.
The Colby pants are super comfortable, lightweight, and easy to dress up or down. I’ve worn them with a T-shirt many times for travel days. For a formal work event, just pair them with the matching Moreland blazer, and you have a complete suit.
The Paige tanks (plural, because I have them in multiple colors) are my favorite go-to layering pieces. They’re great for exploring the city on days off, or you can wear them under a blazer for work events. Because they’re so lightweight, you can fold them up into a compact shape and bring along several—especially key in summertime when you’ll likely be sweating.
I just love these pants—and I totally get why they’re M.M.’s number-one best-selling style. They’re stretchy, chic, and so versatile. What more could you want?
Styled here with the Lagarde shirt.
Thank you to M.M. LaFleur for partnering on this post!