At Value Parking, we know there’s a lot to plan for when it comes to business trips (we hope parking at Newark Airport isn’t one of them!) and even if you travel regularly, you could be missing out on some things that can make your trip easier. Here, we share 10 travel mistakes to avoid during your next business expedition:
1. Settling for the regular security line
If you travel frequently and you still don’t have TSA PreCheck, you’re wasting a lot of time in those regular security lines. Right now, the service is just $85 for five years and lets you go through a separate security line with your shoes, belt, and jacket on. In addition, you won’t have to take your laptop or liquids out of your bag.
2. Booking at the last minute
Even if your company pays for your flight, you don’t want to wait until the last minute to book it. Last-minute flights can cost a lot more (up to 47% more if booked within three days of departure) and you may compromise the ability to choose a decent seat.
3. Focusing too much on work
Yes, it’s a business trip. But you don’t have to make it all business. If you can, head to your destination early or stay a day later and spend some time exploring the area. If you can’t work out the extra days, at least try to squeeze in a touristy site or a fun activity between meetings.
4. Not taking advantage of rewards
If you travel often and aren’t part of a rewards program, you could be missing out on some great opportunities. Choose an airline (or two) and a hotel (or two) and do your best to be loyal to these companies. You’ll not only rack up miles or points that you can use towards travel later, but you may enjoy other perks like priority boarding, lounge access, suite upgrades, and more.
5. Checking your bag
If you’ve ever lost your luggage during a trip, you know it can put a huge damper on things. Don’t risk this happening during a business trip – pack a carry-on instead and you’ll have all of your clothing, documents, and other belongings with you at all times.
6. Forgetting international preparations
If your company is sending you somewhere overseas, don’t forget to make some international preparations. First, invest in an electrical outlet adapter that can be used in several countries. This will allow you to use your American-shaped plugs in foreign outlets.
After that, notify your credit card company that you’re going to be traveling. This way, when they see foreign charges on your card, they won’t think it’s been stolen.
Lastly, check with your cell phone provider to see if you’ll get service in your destination and if there are any international charges you should keep in mind.
7. Stressing out
We know business trips can be stressful, but try not to let your stress get the most of you. After all, you do get to travel, so take a deep breath and make the most of your adventure. You’ll find you can get through the trip much easier this way.
8. Packing only business clothing
While your first thought is to pack your dress pants, skirts, ties, blazers, and other business attire, don’t forget that there will be times when you won’t be working. Be sure to pack some leisurely clothing, whether it’s an outfit you can explore the city in or sweatpants you can lounge around the hotel in.
9. Not charging your devices
No matter where you’re going, you’re likely going to have something to do as soon as you get there. Don’t make the mistake of arriving with a low battery on your phone, laptop, or tablet. Charge all of your devices the night before so that they’re ready to use when you land.
10. Pushing through jet lag
Jet lag affects many business travelers and if you’re one of them, don’t just push through it. Instead, find out what helps you overcome it and make sure you do it. Some people prepare for the upcoming time zone by going to bed early or later; others adjust their exposure to light while they’re abroad and some even turn to natural sleep aids.
Bonus: Not parking with Value
If you have plans to choose the parking at Newark Airport for your next business trip, we suggest you reconsider and park at Value Parking instead. We offer a variety of parking benefits you simply can’t find at the airport and we’ll make your experience a whole lot easier.