What to Pack for a Trade Show in the Spring

I’m currently writing this post on a flight to Pasadena, California for a trade show and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you have most likely noticed that I’ve been traveling constantly for work. So far this year I’ve been to California three times, Texas once, and Arkansas once (for fun). My trade show packing skills have drastically improved so I thought I should share my packing advice with you.

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Pack a pair of comfy shoes.

This is by far the best advice I can give you because I brought shoes on my first trade show that cut the back of my feet up so badly that I was limping in the airport the whole way home. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you and find comfortable flats that mold to your feet. Depending on the trade show you may be able to get away with wearing a nice leather slip on as well. Just make sure you boss says it’s okay. I’ve been wearing this pair of Steve Maddens religiously but I also wear this pair of suede J.Crew flats when it is a dressier trade show. I’m still on the lookout for a good in-between flat for both occasions.

Pack a good pair of headphones that has a headphone jack.

I recently updated my phone to the iPhone X because my iPhone 6 just stopped working on me. This new phone doesn’t have a headphone jack so when I’m on a long flight I need to remember to bring two different types of headphones- one that fits for my phone and one that fits the movie screen jack.

You can’t go wrong with a neutral pair of dress pants.

The thing is about neutral pants is that if you don’t have enough room in your bag you can pack only one pair of pants. 95% of the people will not notice that you’re wearing the same exact pair of pants from day one on day three. If they do notice, then they’re paying attention way too much. I bought a pair of olive green pants and a light gray pair from the Banana Republic. They’re beyond comfortable and I love how they sit slightly higher than a normal pair of pants.

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Try to stay away from dresses and skirts.

I go back and forth on this tip very often because I absolutely love dresses but they’re so inconvenient for trade shows. If you really want to wear one try not to wear on the same day you’re setting up or breaking down your booth. You’ll be bending over a lot and you know the end result for that. The same also goes with low-cut shirts!

Dress in layers.

Nothing is worse than being uncomfortable at a trade show so make sure you pack a cardigan or a jacket so if you get hot or cold you can be comfortable. I’m a huge fan of suede jackets and oversized blazers for trade shows. Plus, layers are perfect for wearing on the plane because they are either super cold plane ride or super hot plane ride.

Don’t forget to pack clothes for exploring!

I love exploring the area around the trade show. I mean isn’t that the perk of traveling for work? The best way to make sure you pack the right clothes is to look up on Pinterest or do a quick Google search on the best things to see or do in the area. I plan on traveling 20 minutes to see the Hollywood sign and explore Old Pasadena. Make sure you check my Instastories for that! Also, you can see what I did on my last trip to California here.

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Do you ever go to trade shows for your job? Do you ever travel for your job? Let me know in the comments down below.

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5 Ways to Make Your Life Easier Next Time You Fly

As some of you know, I’ve been flying a lot lately. I’ve traveled to California, Texas, and Arkansas all in the past two months for work and vacation. I also studied abroad in Italy so I know what it is like to go through the hassle of security. I thought I’d share some of my tips on how to make the process that much easier for you.

Wear comfortable shoes that you wear socks with.

Unless you have TSA precheck, you’re going to have to take off your shoes which means your little piggies are all going to be the slimy floor where everyone else’s little piggies have been. Talk about nasty. Make sure you put on shoes you can easily slide off and that you wear socks with them. Over the knee boots might be a good idea in theory because you don’t have to pack them but they take so much longer to take off than a pair of little booties.

If you can, don’t wear any jewelry because you might have to take it off.

I always wear the same two rings every single day but when I’m going through security I don’t wear them just in case they have to wipe my hands and I have to take them off. It’s so much easier to just put them in my bag ahead of time and if I want to put them back on after.

Make sure your water bottle is empty and your liquids are under 3.4 oz or 100ml.

I still remember the horror of my 8-year-old self when I learned I had to throw out my lotion because it wasn’t under the liquid requirement. This is the exact reason why I’m fixated on making sure my liquids are under the allotted amount. I also always have a water bottle with me so I make sure to chug the remaining water before I enter the line. That way no one has to wait for me to chug the rest of my water.

Pack your luggage and bags so that your electronics and liquids are easy to reach.

When traveling with work I travel with a large camera, iPad, an iPhone, and two laptops. I have to put each of these items in a box and make sure they aren’t overlapping one another. To make it easy, I know which ones to put in what bin and so forth. I also make sure that my liquids are in a spot so that if I have to get them out it’s easy for the security officer.

Be polite.

I don’t know how people somehow magically forget their manners when they’re going through security. No one likes going through security but that doesn’t give you the right to be rude. These people are doing their job to make sure you and your loved ones are safe. They really don’t want to get all up in your space making sure you don’t have something you shouldn’t. So just like you’re supposed to be nice to everyone else… be nice to these lovely people. (Obviously, you knew that already though).

What are some of your tips to make going through security easier? I’ve been thinking about getting TSA precheck because the lines are so much shorter. Maybe my next trip I’ll see how that goes. If you have TSA precheck let me know in the comments down below if you think it’s worth it.

As always,

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