If you’ve ever watched multiple videos off Youtube on how to travel as a Minimalist, you’d be loaded with backpackers and freelancers who do not seem to need to attend business meetings or face clients that requires them to be in business/office attire on a daily basis.
My current career requires me to meet clients on a very regular basis. Thankfully, I need not don a suit and business casual would suffice. However, I do hope that this entry can shed some light on how to keep an office job while being a minimalist.
Additionally, be it travelling for a month long business trip, or just thinking about a very minimalist wardrobe, the list below would provide enough options for ladies.
(I have added in some cold weather essentials for the business travellers.)
- 2 blazers
- 3 bottoms (2 pants 1 skirt)
- 2 casual bottoms
- 1 casual dress
- 5 work appropriate tops
- 2 work appropriate shoes
- 1 pair of slippers
- 1 pair of casual wear shoes
- 3 bras
- 5-7 pairs of undies
- 3 changes of gym clothes
- 3 changes of night/lounge wear
- 1 dressing gown
- 1 pair of bedroom slippers (optional – I usually request them from housekeeping)
- 3 pairs of socks (for gym/sneakers)
- 2 warm jackets (optional – good for colder climates)
- 1 Scarf
Total clothing count: 37- 41
- Hand sanitizer
- Portable charger
- 2 pens – blue and black (ball point only)
- Vanity kit
- Hair tie/ hair clip
- 2x Granola bars
- 1x Notebook
- Phone (loaded with offline playable podcasts and music)
- Sanitary pads (females only)
- Small stash of cough drops and Paracetamol
- 2x Sachets of choice of tea
- TSA approved mini swiss-army knife
The carry on essentials include items that could come in handy prior and after a long flight and you are feeling tired and peckish.
Get most of your items in the same colour palette as much as possible. Having matching tones make you appear more organised and professional, leaving a better first impression for the extremely exhausted security and cabin crew. Being neat also decreases the likelihood of being stopped at security checks or being nagged by the cabin crew.
My “Travel Ready” Purchases
I recently purchased a portable charger for SGD$18 at an IT fair. It lasts 4 charges and have not failed on me so far. If you travel and rely on electronics extensively, this is a definite must on your list. Heck, even your colleagues will thank you.
Being slightly obsessed with cleanliness, I love to keep my hands clean when I travel and never know when my next access to the washroom might be. Also, do you know how filthy a plane seat can be? Green tea is a must for me to help me calm down when I work or to simply end the day.
Did you know that Green Tea contains slow releasing caffeine? This means that while comparing a cup of green tea that contains an equal amount of caffeine as coffee, the rate of absorption of caffeine by the body is decreased by 50%. This is why we have less of a jolt and crash effect when we drink green tea as compared to that cup of joe.
Last but not least, a pen is a must for every traveler. Be it immigration cards or extra instructions for the crew, you never know when you would need to write. I usually bring an extra as pens do fail on you (especially when you really need to write on an important document) and everyone else around you would be in need of one when immigration cards are issued.