The Minimalist Guide to Packing for Business Trips: Practical Tips for Affiliates

In affiliate marketing, as in life, it’s best to travel light. No stress, no worries, and definitely no excess baggage that will only weigh you down more than your business already does. So, if you are bouncing between airports, coffee shops, and coworking spaces, this guide is for you. It might sound trivial or irrelevant, but if you apply the following tips, you’ll save valuable time on something many dislikes but is essential for any digital nomad or frequent traveler: packing.

Whether heading to a conference, meeting with clients, or exploring new business opportunities, knowing how to pack efficiently is crucial. Otherwise, you’ll feel as stressed as losing your internet connection during a campaign. With this minimalist guide, you’ll learn to pack light, fast, and stress-free, so you can focus on what matters: your work and your adventures.

Open your suitcase, and let’s pack together.

Plan Ahead

Before tossing everything into your suitcase, take a deep breath and plan. Think about the days you’ll be away and the activities you’ll be doing. Research the weather and cultural norms of your destination. This will help you select the right clothes and avoid unpleasant surprises. Choose clothing that mixes and matches to create different looks with fewer items. A good rule of thumb is to pack two tops for every bottom. This way, with just a few pieces, you’ll have several outfit options.


  • Neutral colors: Colors like black, white, gray, and beige are easier to mix and match.
  • Versatile pieces: A blazer that works for meetings and casual dinners is a great choice.

Limit Your Shoes

Shoes often take up a lot of space in your suitcase, so bring only the essentials. One pair of formal shoes and one pair of comfortable walking shoes should be enough. If you have a specific event, like a formal dinner, adjust your selection accordingly.


  • Shoes at the bottom: Place shoes at the bottom of your suitcase and fill them with socks or underwear to save space.

Travel-Size Toiletries

Personal hygiene products can be bulky and heavy. Buy travel-sized versions or transfer your favorite products into smaller bottles. Remember that many hotels and accommodations provide basic toiletries like shampoo and soap.


  • Clear toiletry bag: Use a clear toiletry bag to speed through airport security.

Essential Tech

As an affiliate or digital nomad, your tech gear is crucial. Make sure to bring only the essentials: your laptop, a portable charger, a tablet, or Kindle for reading, a smartphone, and noise-canceling headphones. Keep all cables and chargers in an organizer pouch to avoid tangles.


  • Cloud backups: Ensure you have cloud backups of important documents, just in case.

Keep Documents Handy

Keep your documents, like your passport, boarding passes, and hotel reservations, in an easily accessible place. A document organizer can be useful to keep everything in order and at hand.


  • Travel apps: Use apps to have digital copies of your documents and quick access to your bookings. TripIt, Expedia, and Google Travel are great options.

Underwear and Socks

Pack enough underwear and socks for each day of your trip, plus one or two extras, just in case. These items don’t take up much space, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.


  • Optimize space: Use compression bags to reduce the space your clothes take up, or get packing cubes to keep everything organized. This way, you can find what you need without unpacking everything.

Other Essentials

Don’t forget to include some additional essentials, like a reusable water bottle, a face mask, and a travel pillow. These small items can make your trip much more comfortable.


  • Emergency kit: Include a small emergency kit with basic medications, bandages, and other essential items.

Use a Packing Checklist

To make sure you don’t forget anything, use a checklist before packing. Check off each item as you pack it, which will help you stay organized and reduce last-minute stress.


  • Checklist apps: There are many apps available that can help you create and manage your travel checklist, like PackPoint, Packr, and Google Keep.

Consider What You’re Wearing

What you wear during the trip counts too. Opt for comfortable yet presentable clothing, and wear your bulkiest shoes to save space in your suitcase.


  • Layers: Dress in layers to easily adapt to changing temperatures during the trip.

Leave Room for the Unexpected

Always leave extra space in your suitcase for any unexpected items you might need to bring back, like conference brochures, gifts, or souvenirs. Remember that most people only use 20% of what they pack. Be honest about things you will need, and apply the 80/20 rule to your packing.


  • Foldable bag: Bring a foldable bag that you can use if you require extra space on your return trip.


Traveling has become a habit in the lives of many affiliates, and packing is part of the price to pay for leading a nomadic lifestyle. However, it doesn’t have to be a hassle.

With these minimalist tips, you’ll be ready for any adventure without carrying excess baggage. Remember that the most important thing is to enjoy the journey and the opportunities it brings.

If you’re an affiliate or digital nomad looking to maximize your income and connections, join Olavivo today! You’ll have access to exclusive opportunities and a community of professionals passionate about digital marketing. Don’t wait any longer and travel light towards success!

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