Whether you’re traveling for work or for leisure, the process of packing your luggage and flying or driving to a new locale can prove equally exciting and stressful. When the purpose of the trip is work-related, you also have the added challenges of keeping yourself well-rested, organized, and presentable...not always the easiest task when you’re based in a hotel room rather than in your own home.
Luckily, plenty of products exist on the market with the express purpose of easing the work travel experience. Below, you’ll find 8 of our favorites, all well-worth a place on your business trip shopping list.
1. Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle ($24.95)
When it comes to staying refreshed and alert while traveling, hydration is an absolute necessity. This travel water bottle rolls up into a neat and compact package, perfect for stowing in a tote or backpack and filling with cold water before boarding your flight or heading into a meeting.
2. Anker PowerCore Ultra Small Power Bank ($33.99)
There’s nothing more annoying than pulling out your phone to send a crucial work email...only to discover that the battery life is nearly drained. Travel-sized power banks can solve that potentially-disastrous problem, and this sleek version from Anker can fully replenish your smartphone battery twice before the bank needs recharging.
3. Hilife Handheld Garment Steamer ($30.99)
Sure, most hotels can provide irons to guests who need to smooth out their work wear...but dealing with the unpredictable quality of a hotel iron (and a clunky foldable ironing board) may prove more trouble than it’s worth. That’s why a travel-sized steamer comes in so handy; fill this one with water, turn it on, and make your outfits pristine with up to 15 solid minutes of steam time
4. The Away Bigger Carry-On ($245)
The perfect piece of carry-on luggage often seems like the mythical Holy Grail. However, travel start-up Away offers a hard-case rolling bag that’s pretty close to the carry-on Platonic ideal. It’s the largest piece of luggage that can fit in an overhead bin on an airplane, it contains compartments for separating items, it features agile, 360-degree wheels, it can be secured with a combination lock, and it even includes a removable battery and a USB charging port, so you won’t have to fight for a charging outlet with your fellow airport denizens.
5. Physix Gear Compression Socks ($20.69 for a three-pack)
When you’re heading straight from the airport to a remote office or job site, you don’t want to worry about swollen feet or tense legs (both common side effects of flight). For an easy fix, slip on a pair of these compression socks before take-off, then slip them off and stow them away once you land.
6. Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube Set ($38.48)
Packing cubes help maximize the space available in your carry-on luggage, and they’re also useful for keeping your garments organized. The Eagle Creek cube set includes three cubes of different sizes, all made from sturdy waterproof material that can keep your clothes compressed, stain-free, and orderly.
7. Addalock Portable Door Lock ($17.90)
If the lock system on hotel room doors makes you a little wary, this durable, easy-to-transport item can give you an extra layer of security. It easily slides into the narrow gap between the door opening and the wall, functioning like a padlock.
8. Scrubba Portable Laundry System ($54.95)
On a business trip, when you need to keep yourself looking tidy and professional, you’re more likely than ever to discover a mysterious and obvious stain on tomorrow’s meeting blouse. It’s Murphy’s Law at work...but even if you’re staying in a hotel without laundry facilities, you can take care of this problem with the Scrubba Portable Laundry System. This tube-like apparatus easily folds into a suitcase, and it works like a washboard, allowing you to thoroughly scrub, rinse, and hang-dry your clothes in a small hotel bathroom.