Here’s my own personal favourite list of essential Apps and packing list for conference travel.


  • Expensify – for all of your reimbursable travel expenses plus it will organise your travel itinerary.
  • Receipt Bank – Scans your business bills and expenses, extracts summary information and pushes the data, and scanned document into your online accounting solution.
  • Minutedock – don’t loose any billing hours while you are travelling! Tracks your time against client, task, or project, and pushes into your online accounting solution.
  • Podcast listening device – I’m on android and currently use CastBox but considering PocketCasts. Remember to download some podcast episodes from Top Accounting and Bookkeeping podcasts in preparation for your flights.
  • Destinations Public Transport App – according to Reddit for Sydney this is tripview
  • Google Maps
  • Plane App
  • Plane entertainment app
  • Uber


  • Business cards
  • Learn how to airdrop to share details
  • Notebook for trip
  • Pens + stationery
  • Print off any paper work you may need – e.g. presentation notes


  • Charged iPhone
  • Charger and cables
  • Earphones
  • Lap Top + Mouse
  • Powerpack
  • Selfie Stick
  • USB Stick
  • Presentation pointer
  • Targus Charger – a laptop charger with multiple interchangeable tips and you can access additional free compatible tips from them here.


  • Charcoal sponge
  • Charcoal tablets
  • Charcoal toothbrush
  • Dry hairspray
  • Volume powder
  • Emery board
  • Hair bands + bobby pins
  • Hair brush
  • Hair straightener
  • Lip balm
  • Lip pencil
  • Eye line pencil
  • Foundation
  • Eye powder
  • Make up remover
  • Moisturiser
  • Rescue nail polish (cause you should get your nails shellaced before you leave)
  • Tooth polish (smaller and less messy than tooth paste)
  • ShowerHat


  • Have mini bags within main hand bag of different textures
  • Mini all-day make-up bag
  • Mini stationery bag
  • Small clutch for when you don’t need the main hand-bag


  • Band-aids
  • Berocca
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Panadol
  • Regular medication
  • Vitamins
  • Plastic bags – for anything that needs to be neatly separated


  • Comfortable shoes + extra inner sole pads
  • Layers (check the weather forecast suggests it will be cold!)
  • Necklace
  • Pyjamas
  • Sunglasses + spectacles


  • Eye Mask
  • Ear Plugs
  • Sleep balm
  • Phone ahead and check they don’t put feather pillows in your room – if your allergic!


  • Plane Tickets – remember to forward to Expensify
  • Plane cushion
  • An extra bag option or express post bags in case the conference swag does not fit
  • a paperclip to swap sim cards if you are travelling Internationally.

Did I miss any?