Your business trip is coming up really fast: at the back of your mind, you’re still feeling that there’s something you have not considered packing into your purse. This feeling is all too common for business women! When going on your trip, you should not only look your best but also have all the items which will make your trip successful.
To pack the perfect purse for your business trip, a little planning goes a long way; in the limited space, you have to somehow fit all the important items and tools. In the competitive corporate world, having the 8 things every chic businesswoman should carry will give you a clear advantage!
Before every business trip, ensure you have:
#1 Business Cards
Though small in size, a business card can turn your small business or career around! Apart from being highly personalized forms of advertising and marketing yourself, they contribute to a positive first impression.
By creating a sense of professionalism, business cards enhance your credibility, making it easier to strike deals! Attractive and eye-catching business cards should not only have all your contact information but also capture your client’s attention.
Creating Your Brand
As invaluable marketing tools, business cards establish your brand, helping you become more identifiable in your niche. To make your cards more intuitive, their design should show the close resemblance to your business brand.
If you travel frequently, taking your business cards with you is effortless. By having them safely tucked in your purse, you can establish and maintain contacts long after your first engagement. Everyone you meet is a prospective client!
#2 RFID Blocking Wallet
Did you know that your confidential information could be stolen without your slightest notice? Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is quickly turning out to be the new-age pick-pocketing. With enough information, a malicious hacker can even drain your bank account(s)!
If your credit or debit cards have a horizontal Wi-Fi symbol, an individual with an RFID scanner can easily copy your information and use it inappropriately. These scanners are incredibly easy to acquire, making the threat of cybercrime all-the-more real.
The retrieved RFID data can include:
· The card’s expiration date
· Your name
· The card number
· Your security code
· Additional personal information
Some identification cards, passports, and driver’s licenses are also prone to RFID theft.
Blocking RFID Signals
Unlike the classic bifold or trifold wallets, an RFID wallet secures all your sensitive cards from information theft by effectively deflecting RFID signals. If you have an especially good credit score, you are likely to be targeted for monetary extortion.
A high-quality RFID wallet will allow you intuitive access to your cash and cards. Beyond securing your cards, they are a fashion statement you definitely want to be associated with.
No matter where you go, cash will always be king. Wouldn’t it be embarrassing to pull up in a valet parking without a tip in hand? Plastic money might be good but it’s still vulnerable to delays and even theft.
With cash in hand, you are able to tip, a habit that says a lot about you! If you need to split bills with your associates, it’s easier to do so with cash.
When You Can’t Use Your Card
While credit and debit cards can be used virtually anywhere now, some places will only take cash. Some taxi’, for instance, still run by the old meter and have no option for card payments. Vending machines will only accept cash; you don’t want to miss out on your favorite snack!
Though some emergency services will accept a card payment instead of cash, your card might still let you down following its suspension. Your credit company might do so after observing several fraudulent payments out of your normal usage; this will likely happen when on business trips.
As a precaution, never spend too much on your plastic. Increasingly, more Americans are choosing cash over credit cards; it’s time you too got on board!
As a businesswoman, having a dedicated mobile broadband will keep you connected even when traveling. Weighing like your typical dongle, you will hardly feel its weight in your purse. Unlike the dongle, however, you will have to keep it charged up.
How Does It Work?
Just like your Wi-Fi, MiFi has an easy-to-follow installation guide, coming with its dedicated software. Your laptop and other devices will connect automatically once the initial setup is done. As long as it’s turned on in your purse, you will stay connected at no extra cost!
Depending on the model you pick, the information visible on your MiFi can include data usage, signal strength, and the established connection (3G, 4G, etc.).
Why Use Mifi?
Apart from being able to connect to many devices simultaneously, MiFi gives you a professional look; you won’t have a USB dangling at the side of your laptop. The information displayed will make it easier to track your data usage too.
In terms of mobile broadband, MiFi is the way to go!
#5 A Sweat-Proof Water Bottle
A sweat-proof water bottle balances the mismatch between inside and outside temperatures. A bottle with good insulation holds no sweat; the inside temperature is insulated. If the temperature was to ‘spill out’, water vapor will immediately condense on the bottle’s surface.
Ease of Use
As important as the ease of carrying, the ease of use should incorporate a sturdy design, capable of handling shortfalls. Though cold water impacts the frame of mind, it has many positive benefits to your body.
The appearance of your water bottle keeps you motivated throughout your travels and business interactions.
Cold, Stimulating Water
With a sealed construction, a sweat-proof water bottle is excellent for keeping your spirits and energy up! The design, however, should be thoughtful enough to avoid possible malfunctions. The success of your business trip depends on your level of comfort.
#6 Energy Bars
Business travels and meetings will deplete your energy levels considerably. Without enough energy, your performance in presentations and meetings will be lacking. With your tight work schedule, energy bars provide you with enough energy to keep you going.
When buying an energy bar, look for a balanced nutritional snack. Healthy snacks can at times be used as a meal replacement too.
Apart from building up your physical energy, energy bars keep you mentally alert, a vital component of any successful business trip. If you will be driving, driving fatigue will be conveniently kept at bay too. Healthy energy bars can be used across all ages.
Depending on your preference, you can pack a variety of flavor in your purse, taking out one whenever you feel drained. Energy bars with no preservatives or sweeteners are the healthiest option.
#7 Hydration Mist
In addition to your facial routine, a hydration mist spray will keep your skin adequately hydrated all day. For the best results, it should be locked with a moisturizer, blotted, or directly sprayed on your face. All the beneficial elements are trapped, enhancing their absorption while stopping evaporation.
Mists that have oil as an ingredient don’t require sealing or blotting; they can be used independently. When making presentation or attending conferences, the hydration mist rejuvenates your tired face, giving it a refreshed look.
Setting and Reviving Makeup
Hydration/face mist can be used before and after applying makeup. By using a moisturizer to lock in hydration mist benefits, you lay the perfect canvas for applying your makeup. Misting your face after application keeps your makeup fresh all through.
#8 Hand Sanitizers
With time, the use of hand sanitizers continues to grow. As a savvy businesswoman, there’s no better way of maintaining hygiene and avoiding H1N1. Unless used correctly, however, these sanitizers can fail to provide maximum protection.
Effectiveness depends on the quality of your product and the mode of application. When buying a sanitizer, you should keep in mind:
The Alcohol Level
Good hand sanitizers should contain at least 60% alcohol. If your product contains only 40%, it will only kill 50% of the bacteria! When applying, one should cover the entire hand, wrist, and the back of their palm. All the nooks of the hand, e.g. between your fingers, should be covered.
Taking Off Your Rings
Though hand sanitizers won’t damage your gold jewelry, germs find them in perfect hiding places. With your rings on, hand sanitizers will be hardly effective.
Hand sanitizers are virtually weightless are readily usable.
Businesswomen should also carry a phone charger or backup power source just in case the juice runs out. With these 8 items in your purse, your business trip will be not only successful but also fun!
What else do you have in mind? Let us know in our comment section. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch too. Cheers as you embark on your trip!