An Event Planners Guide to Business Travel


1. I would not consider myself a neat freak, however, my roommates might have a very different take on this! I always remember to pack the travel size of disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer (the kind that hangs from your bag or keys for easy access), wet wipes for those unexpected touch-ups, and if you can fit it- a mini humidifier because I’m extra!

2.I recently invested in a 13-in MacBook Air for The Hot Kommodity. I am a strong believer in investing in yourself and your passion! After reading my itinerary for the week, I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I arrived. So, I made sure to pack my own personal office. Along with my new gadget, I brought along some of my favorite event planner must-haves:

- Staples® Arc Customizable Durable Poly Notebook System. This is a configurable book that I bought over a year ago when I worked for a special event firm. The tear-away pages are ideal when your catering team “forgot” to bring a copy of the layout.

- Sticky Notes. Like why wouldn’t you bring these?

- Highlighters. Again…I don’t leave the home without one.

- Pilot G2 Premium Retractable Gel Roller Pens. A cult classic and my ultimate favorite writing pen

3.     I only brought one large rolling bag, and one carry on for this trip! I know right, I did well. I hope this packing list gives you some inspiration:

- (1) NC State University Sweatshirt (Go pack!)

-  (1) pair of grey joggers

- (1) Short set pajamas

- Bedroom slippers- a true MUST HAVE

- A satin bathrobe

- (2) Pairs of black pants. One is your standard tailored pant, the other is a funky pair of vintage wool pants. They both are acceptable in the workplace.

- (5) tops of various colors and styles

-  (2) blazers. I packed a season-less black one and a “millennial pink” faux leather one to show off my personal style while remaining professional

- (1) White skirt. I find that your skirt option should be a signature piece and really stand out. White always makes a statement.

-  (1) grey tailored shift dress. This is my first day of work outfit. Professional and smart-looking

- (3) pairs of shoes- Low heel pumps, sassy leather booties, and fun pink flats. I also wore my favorite trainers on the trip there!

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- (1) Fun statement top. I got this cropped wrap top from Marshalls for a steal. This is going to be your after-work activity top. I suggest only one night out on the town while away for a work week- but let’s be real…

-  (1) pair of work appropriate jeans. In case there is a casual Friday option, or for going out.


One thing to always remember when starting a new gig out of town, your primary reason for the trip is work. So make that money, remain professional, and absorb as much of the city you can! 

NFL Pro Bowl Week

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This week, I will be traveling to Orlando, Fl to volunteer in the NFL Pro Bowl to support my Drexel University degree program. As some of you may know, I am in the online part-time program, working toward my maters degree in Sport Management. I am so thrilled for this opportunity! Follow me on @thereal_kamille, and The Hot Kommodity instagram page. It's going to be an exciting week- see you all tomorrow!