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by Victoria Seitz, Ph.D., LamasBeauty Contributor

Travel Light but Right (Part 1)

*A monthly column devoted to helping women and men be their best and most confident in any situation.

Topics include dress, body language, attitude and etiquette.

Victoria Seitz, PhD
Image Expert

Traveling for business or pleasure can be challenging. Especially when traveling for business you don't know what's in store outside of the meeting that the trip is for. Moreover, if you are the type of traveler who takes everything, including the kitchen sink, what kind of impression are you leaving for the welcoming party as you wait for your five bags for a weekend stay?

For business-minded individuals, such as sale representatives, buyers, and consultants, traveling is part of the job description. Whether you're attending an association conference, servicing a client, or meeting with a prospective client, dressing appropriately is a must. You will often be required to attend social gatherings such as banquets and tours, in addition to the business agenda. Already prepared to take a steamer trunk for that three day business trip? Keep it in the attic, with a little planning you can probably carry it all in a 21" Pullman or garment bag and still look your best.

General Tips

1. Look for versatility in your travel wardrobe since your trip will include a variety of activities that go from day into evening.
2. To accommodate uncertain weather conditions invest in an all-weather coat with a zip-in liner. Burberry, London Fog and Misty Harbor have excellent choices.
3. Purchase sundries such as lotions, deodorant, aspirin and perfume in trial sizes to minimize bulk. Most hotels have the basics already in the room if you run out. Moreover, you can purchase more when you get there.
4. If traveling overseas, such as Europe, be sure that your electrical appliances, can adjust to their voltage which is 220. Many travel dryers have this feature already. Also you will need to have the plug adapters to accommodate different outlets in different countries.
5. Consider garments that predominately natural fibers such as wool, silk and cotton. When these items wrinkle they easily fall out with the steam from your bath.
6. If not staying in a hotel, bring a portable alarm clock or wear a watch that has the feature.
7. Have your toiletry bag already packed ready to go at all times. This means have two of everything, one for the bag and one for home.
8. If you're an exercise buff, learn about the facilities where you're staying and bring the appropriate clothing.

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Read the next Image Making: Travel Light but Right (part 2)

Victoria Seitz, PhD is a professor of Marketing at California State University, San Bernardino and is author of Your Executive Image, AdamsMedia, Inc, 2000 and Power Dressing, DonJon Publishing, 1991. In addition to teaching, Dr. Seitz was a fashion coordinator for Burdines, Florida and in retail management for Saks Fifth Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. Clients of Dr. Seitz have included Abbott Laboratories, Northern Telecom, Texas Instruments, Yellow Freight Systems, Sally Beauty Company, the United States Armed Forces, Travellife magazine, YWCA and Accountants Overload, in addition to law firms, hotels, newspapers, universities, banks, credit unions, national and local community and professional organizations nationwide.

To learn more about Dr. Seitz please visit her website at www.cbpa.csusb.edu/vseitz.

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