5 Tips for Interview Travel

You landed a job interview, congrats! Here are some great tips to make interview travel as smooth as possible. In the event something doesn’t go according to plan, hopefully these hacks keep you prepared.

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1. Find a great travel bag.

Depending on the length of your interview trip, you can most likely get away with just a tote or briefcase. When it comes to travel bags for women, no one does it better than Lo and Sons.

I’m not even an affiliate, I just love their stuff. I own an OMG bag, Sevillie tote, and Brookline tote. I use the Brookline and Seville for everyday and my OMG (since its a little bigger) as my go-to work travel bag.

Some other ideas:

Leatherology Downtown Tote (Comes in tons of colors!!)
Large Zippered Downtown Tote

Longchamp Large Le Pilage Tote (Lots of colors) 

LONGCHAMP 'Large Le Pliage' Tote

2. Organize your stuff with pouches.

Confession, my mom taught me this trick when I was like 10. My mom is the QUEEN of pouches. I have vivid memories of traveling with my mom growing up and she would look for something in her bag and pull out half a dozen pouches in assorted sizes.

While I totally made fun of her, she was onto something. Pouches let you stay organized and know where everything is with minimal hassle.

While my Lo and Sons bags have a ton of pockets, most tote bags and briefcases don’t. Use a pouch to hold pens, headphones, chargers, lip balm, gum… Ladies, you can keep this bag separate from your make-up bag. If you’re looking for that ultra-polished feel, treat yourself to a leather pouch. (These make great gifts!)

 

  Medium Pouch

3. If you are traveling in a suit, wear a t-shirt.

If you are only interviewing for 1 day, its tempting to wear your interview outfit on the plane. Whenever I’ve done this, I’ve ended up self-conscious that I smell.

Wear a t-shirt on the plane under your blazer. When you get to your destination airport, duck into the bathroom and change shirts. You can always bring a small travel size of Febreeze or a trial size perfume/cologne (this refillable atomizer is super handy) in your bag to freshen up with.

Plus, isn’t the suit and t-shirt considered hip?

4. Snacks.

No one performs well when they are hungry. Bring some filling snacks with you on the plane. Nuts, protein/snack bars, sandwiches are all good ideas. Fruit is a little dicey only because it doesn’t always travel well.

 

5. Interview Travel Must Haves

I’ve put together a quick packing list for you.

Highly Recommended Optional
  • Deodorant
  • Portfolio and Notepad
  • Resume and Business Cards
  • Pen
  • Phone and Charger
  • Headphones
  • Snacks (see above)
  • Clean Shirt
  • Laptop
  • Book to read (I love my Kindle!)
  • Comfortable Travel Shoes

Bonus: Don’t forget to follow up with your thank you notes!!

Now, good luck!!!

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Landed an interview? Going through recruiting at business school? Is a company flying you somewhere for just a day? Here are some great tips for professional travel. Good for the working woman and the business man!

Landed an interview? Going through recruiting at business school? Is a company flying you somewhere for just a day? Here are some great tips for professional travel. Good for the working woman and the business man!

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