by Kari Gillenwater – Owner, Gillenwater Consulting Group
January 14, 2019 .2 min read
Let’s face it, we all have baggage – and if you travel frequently, it can really begin to weigh you down, literally! I’m dashing between airports, hotels, and Ubers over 40 weeks a year, sometimes weeks at a time to different events and climates.
Feeling good in what you wear plays a big part in feeling confident and ready to take on the world. If you forget a pivotal piece – like that perfect-fitting skirt to your favorite suit that makes you feel like a “She"EO – it can really throw you off your game.
Here are My Top 5 Road Warrior Packing Tips:
1 – Start Packing Before the Night Before
Don’t wait until the night before to pack. Juggling family, work and life often leaves us with less time than expected. When packing is left for last minute, things are forgotten or we pack too much and end up with way too many clothes and nothing to wear. Using a checklist is also a lifesaver.
2 – Use a Clothes Rack to Pack
Pull the pieces you think will work for the trip and hang them on the rack in order of each day and what you might wear. You can visually see what can mix and match, and you don’t end up with a clothes tornado. (BONUS: these racks collapse and fit under the bed).
Hotel irons are unpredictable and if they are old or rusty they can ruin your clothes. (Not Cool!) Steaming is so much easier and better for your clothes, and everything looks showroom ready – even when you are on the road. (In a pinch, if the hotel has a dress shop, they have a steamer. Bring your outfit down and ask to have it steamed).
I’m always searching for the perfect travel bag. My current fav is from COSTCO, so they don’t have to be expensive! It becomes your survival bag if your luggage takes a detour. My musts are: toiletries, make-up, nicer jewelry and tech gear (chargers, cords and power packs), an extra wrap to use as a blanket to prevent frostbite on a cold plane, a $20 bill for emergencies, power bars, an empty water bottle (Starbucks serves free filtered water), headphones to avoid loud guy behind you, a good book, an extra pair of undies, Neutrogena makeup wipes and Advil.
Two parting Road Warrior secrets – sit near airport lounges to use their free wifi, and always have a business card handy, you never know… your next great connection might be on your next flight.
Happy travels and be amazing!
Kari 's love of marketing and strategic business development has shaped her 25+ year career. In 2005, she entered the insurance financial world and became the Executive Director of The McGehee Group, Inc., an elite producer study group, which was the impetus for starting her own national consulting firm. Her work scope evolved as she began to specialize in working with elite insurance advisors and their study groups. Now, she devotes her entire practice to helping them succeed. She develops and manages advisor-centric study groups, conferences and offsite retreats. In addition, she coaches advisors on business development, accountability and creating strategic alliances to increase their bottom line. With that belief in mind, Kari dedicates her time creating the perfect environments for her clients using the 3 C’s - Connecting, Collaborating and Cultivating relationships with other advisors and their clients to growth their businesses. She leads and facilitates growth for her high-level advisor clients within the insurance and financial industry by strategically designing events to initiate collaboration, connect people and cultivate relationship building. Whether through peer-to-peer study groups, educational conferences, networking events or even outdoor sporting retreats, she helps advisors engage, share ideas and collaborate with one another to enhance their practices, drive revenue and business development. Kari is experienced in working with and coaching high-end advisors and understands their unique needs and the relevant issues that surround their industry. She is fully engaged and present on-site at all her events. From beginning to end, she personally sees that every detail is managed seamlessly so her clients can focus on why they are there – not running an event. Whether she is facilitating a small group of advisors in a boardroom, building strategic alliances with centers of influence over a long weekend of skiing or hunting, or connecting hundreds of advisors at an industry-wide event, Kari has proven success in crafting the perfect environment to facilitate collaboration, connection and to cultivate advisor relationships.