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Business travel checklist

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Kristof Kovacs
Software Architect & Devops Consultant

Hello, Iā€™m Kristof, a human being like you, and an easy to work with, friendly guy.

I've been a programmer, a consultant, CIO in startups, head of software development in government, and built two software companies.

Some days Iā€™m coding Golang in the guts of a system and other days I'm wearing a suit to help clients with their devops practices.

This list had been honed through years of business travel and saves me regularly; I hope that it will be useful for you too. Feel free to print it, or check off items here. ā€“ Kristof

Packing checklist #

Clothing #

  • Shirts & undershirts (one / day, two in hot climate)
  • Socks (one pair / day)
  • Boxer briefs (one / day)
  • Sleeping t-shirt and shorts
  • Warm clothing (for cold climate)

Papers #

  • Money (right currency)
  • Passport (or other ID, as needed)
  • Plane / train ticket or car papers
  • Vaccination certificates
  • Hotel reservation
  • Addresses jotted down on paper

Suit #

  • Suit (trousers and jacket)
  • Ties
  • Oxford shoes
  • Belt (if you use one with your suit, same color as shoes)
  • Cufflinks, tie pin (what you use)

Higiene and stuff #

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Shaving equipment (minimal)
  • Shower gel, body & hair (depends on hotel)
  • Hand sanitiser (in cabin baggage)
  • Cleanser, moisturizer (what you use)
  • Medicines

Tech #

  • Earphones (I prefer in-ear for airplanes)
  • All mobile phones (personal, company, whatever)
  • Travel SIMs (for given country)
  • USB charger and cable
  • Notebook
  • Notebook charger
  • Reading (book or tablet)

Miscellanous #

  • Business cards
  • Gifts (if any)

TODOs #

The evening before the trip #

  • Check in online
  • Print stuff (hotel guidance, tickets, etc)
  • Software update notebook and phone(s)
  • Sync music/films to phone / notebook / tablet

In the last possible minute, re-check #

  • Phones
  • Sunglasses
  • All packs (remember the count)
  • Papers (passport, money, tickets, address)

If you're going to do some sports #

Common for all sports #

  • Towel (one more if there's a sauna)
  • Shower gel (definitely body & hair)
  • Small money

Swimming specific #

  • Swimwear
  • Swimming cap (sometimes it's required)

Martial arts specific #

  • Workout shorts and t-shirt
  • Knee pads
  • Gum shield (or any other protection you use)

Gym specific #

  • Workout shorts and t-shirt

Squash specific #

  • Squash racket
  • Shorts
  • T-Shirt
  • Squash shoes
  • Socks
  • Underpants
  • Ball

Iaido specific #

  • Gi
  • Hakama
  • Obi
  • Undershirt
  • Knee pads
  • Bokken
  • Iaito **
  • Sword oiling and cleaning kit (if using a steel iaito)