Look Professional While on the Go

It might have zero to do with your workability, but your appearance can make or break your next promotion. A 2011 study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found ratings of competence, likability, attractiveness, and trustworthiness were higher when females wore cosmetics. Attention to detail in grooming related to fashion, hair and scent are important to make a stellar first impression, but for business travelers on the go, jet lag and a busy schedule can make putting a fresh face forward challenging.

Luckily, there are ways to look professional while traveling. Ditch the stress, and use these quick and easy tips for staying flawless while you’re jet-setting.

Stay Healthy

Puffy eyes and dull skin are giveaways that travel is taking its toll on you. To battle jet lag, Twitter’s VP of Global Media Katie Stanton makes staying healthy a priority. She tells Fortune that she works out, eats well and drinks plenty of water to stay in tip-top travel shape. Especially when traveling, eat plenty of protein (nuts make a great portable option) to stay satiated without weighing you down or making you feel greasy. Avoid dehydrating alcohol, and drink plenty of water to stave off headaches. Stanton also recommends that you avoid taking a nap and work until at least 10 p.m. to get your body adjusted to time zone differences more quickly.

Be sure to get your beauty sleep, and consider setting an extra alarm to ensure you wake up on time. Avoid using electronic screens at least an hour before bed, and stretch or take a hot bath to help you sleep more soundly.

Change Your Clothes

If you’re heading to your meeting shortly after you get off the plane, Campbell Soup Company CEO Denise Morrison suggests changing into your business clothes after you land instead of wearing them on the plane. She explains that it puts you in a professional frame of mind and gets you ready for doing business. If you need a quick change after landing, ask a flight attendant if they’d be kind enough to hang your garb.

Pack Smartly

Sure, there’s probably an iron in your hotel room, but you can save time on clothing rehab by packing thoughtfully. Some tips from Inc. include:

  • Packing heavy items, like shoes, on the bottom of the suitcase to keep them from messing up other items.
  • Putting shirts in plastic dry cleaning bags to keep them wrinkle-free.
  • Rolling clothes instead of folding them to save space.
  • Using air-compression bags to squeeze air out of clothes.
  • Picking what you pack based around anchor accessories, such as shoes.

For makeup and toiletry packing, look for travel-sized and multi-use items. Before packing, run through your beauty routine to ensure you don’t forget any tools. If you color your hair, bring your own shampoo and conditioner to keep your color from fading while on the road. If you got a manicure or pedicure, bring a bottle of the same polish to fix nicks, should they happen.

Smart accessories make you look pulled-together, professional and up to date on the latest trends. They also help you arrive on time and get around your new city. A smartwatch like the Samsung Gear S, for example, allows you to receive important calls and download a map for your next destination.

Maintain your confidence through preparation and organization. Wear what makes you feel best. Don’t experiment with makeup, and stick to techniques you know. This way you’ll be calm and collected no matter where you’re off to next.


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