I have probably already shared with you that I am an accountant for an international company, and if not then I am an accountant for an international company. My position at my company is within budgeting and forecasting. Since our company is headquartered in Germany and many of the departments I work with are based out of Germany, I get the opportunity to travel there quite a bit. This upcoming week, I am traveling to the controller’s meeting over in Germany. My husband told me I should blog about how I pack, since I am really good about fitting a weeks worth of professional clothes in one carryon. Truth be told, I only have one hack for this. But I have a talent for knowing how to stay warm in professional clothes!
Side rant really quickly…why is it that many women’s professional clothes are always thin fabrics or sheer chiffon? Most tops I find are also ALWAYS sleeveless. With how cold many offices are, I always wonder how I don’t catch hypothermia! Ok rant over…my main trick to stay warm in my professional clothing is long underwear. Specifically, Cuddl Duds brand. This brand makes really thin nice leggings that allows your skin to still breathe while staying warm. Many of my Cuddl Duds are silk so my suits just glide over them. They are one of the few brands that I have found that doesn’t feel bulky under dress pants. Plus they are reasonably priced! If you are in a pinch and don’t have or can’t find some nice long underwear that fits nicely under work clothes, I would suggest wearing tights underneath.
When shopping for professional clothes that will keep you warm, pay attention to the fabric. Polyester doesn’t breathe well and will trap heat. Plus polyester travels fairly well, and it is also a cheaper fabric. Another fabric I try to buy a lot of is silk. I love the versatility of silk and how nice it is underneath suit jackets. It is a magic fabric that keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. Only draw back is that usually pure silk tops are pricey and dry clean only. Wool is yet another fabulous fabric to keep you warm. Unlike silk, wool is wrinkle resistant! Other similar fabrics to wool are angora, cashmere, and alpaca fleece.
Since I am traveling to Germany in February, my suitcase is going to contain all of those fabrics. My shirts that I chose above are all warm shirts and look nice under suits. I have three suits because I wear suits a lot. I am choosing to bring my navy and my grey suit on this trip as I can mix and match the tops and bottoms with both suits easily. Plus my more comfy heels are nude which works better with grey and navy than it does black in my opinion. Because I am wanting to pack in one carryon, I am only bringing one pair of heels and then a comfy pair of walking boots that I will wear on the flight. I am limiting my clothes to be packed. I will have 2 suits, 1 pair of shoes, 2 pairs of Cuddl Duds, 5 work shirts, undergarments for each day, 2 weekend/travel shirts, and 1 sleep shirt.
That list plus plug adapters and toiletries is going to fill up my carryon quickly. Enter Space Bags travel bags. These things are a lifesaver for me and I never travel without them. I was able to pack for a three week backpacking trip through Italy with these beauties. I literally put my clothes inside and roll the air out. Once I get to my destination, I immediately unpack my clothes and hang them up to get any wrinkles out. Sometimes I will even put the clothes in the bathroom while I shower to steam them. With these bags I am able to fit everything in my carryon! No complicated folding required.