If you booked a professional leadership retreat and the trip is fast approaching, you may be wondering what to pack. If you’ll be staying at a luxurious wellness destination, you’ll feel like you’re in “vacation mode.” You’ll also be surrounded by other clinicians, though, and you’ll want to make a good first impression when it comes to networking. While traveling for business and pleasure simultaneously can pose a packing challenge, your suitcase will have everything you need—and nothing you don't—if you follow these tips.
Bring extra business cards.
Having a stack of business cards on hand will ensure those you connect with over the course of the retreat can follow up. If you printed the current batch of cards a while ago, make sure they contain all information others will need to reach you, including your most up-to-date website, phone number, and social media handles.
Pack for every activity.
To make the most of the leadership retreat, prepare for every activity on the itinerary, including those you’ve never done before. You might not be a big fan of yoga or swimming, for example, but stepping out of your comfort zone is one of the best ways to foster personal growth. Going to activities could help you make valuable professional connections. It may actually be easier to strike up conversations in these more relaxed settings.
Overdo the electronics.
Pack only the essentials you’ll need to communicate with your office in the event of an emergency. For most clinicians, that means bringing a smartphone. If you plan on giving a slide presentation at the retreat, you’ll want to bring your laptop, as well. Otherwise, though, staying in constant contact with your practice will prevent you from being present at the retreat.
Overlook casual attire.
While you should approach all networking opportunities with professionalism, retreats provide the opportunity to do so in a relaxing environment. As such, it’s best to pack with versatility in mind. For example, bring a pair of black pants that can be dressed down with a t-shirt for casual events or sharpened up with a button-up and a blazer.
If you’re looking for a leadership retreat designed specifically for clinicians, turn to Metro Collaborative™. Based in New York City, this health care networking group is proud to connect medical professionals through peer-to-peer dinners and all-inclusive retreats. To learn more about these networking opportunities, visit their website. To reserve your spot, call (609) 876-9163.