Efficient business travel means being ruthless, and it turns out I was not quite ruthless enough. I’ve realised I can actually take a change of clothes on my week-long armed-only-with-a-phone travel odyssey and still not need a separate bag. This is how.
My announcement that I was taking a small bag for a spare change of clothes this time around led to some criticism in the comments and from friends. The gist? Once you are carrying a bag, you might as well carry a laptop.
Most business travellers I encounter carry as much crap as they think they can get away with, so I don't think my tactic was a total cop-out. But I still wasn't quite convinced I had the right approach.
Two things made me realise I could cut back but still not spend the whole week writing mostly about laundry. First: I can change as soon as I reach my hotel into my second outfit while I wash the first -- I don't need a third choice just to lounge in. It just means dividing my wear over two days; I get a fresh T-shirt, socks and undies each day, but not first thing.
The second was remembering that my suit has two stitched-up outer jacket pockets I had never bothered to cut open. With those available, I could put the spare T-shirt in one and the socks and undies in the other. Result!
On testing this out, I even have room for a beanie in one pocket (cold weather is promised this week). Yes, my pockets are bulky, but not ludicrously so. And I can truly claim to be on the road, working, and luggage-free.
I'm writing this in the Allure offices in Sydney , where I'll spend the first part of the day before heading to the airport, and hence to Auckland. Explaining no luggage on an international leg could be interesting. At least my toothpaste is small enough for security.