Whether your first business trip is coming up or you’re a seasoned business traveler, we have some helpful tips that can make your journey a little easier:
Keep essentials packed
If you fly often, keep a small toiletry bag of essentials on hand at all times. This way, when you’re given travel plans, you can simply throw the bag of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and more into your suitcase and go.
Bring only a carry-on
Most business trips require you to dress nicely and the last thing you want is for the airline to lose your luggage full of business clothes. Instead of risking lost or damaged luggage, stick to just a carry-on. This way, you won’t have to worry about your belongings going missing.
Sign up for a frequent flier program
If you fly on a regular basis, consider joining the frequent flier program of the airline you travel most with. You’ll be able to rack up miles to use in the future and enjoy things like priority boarding. In addition, when you’re loyal to a business, they tend to be loyal back.
Check your cell phone plan
If you’re traveling internationally, make sure you check your cell phone plan to see if you’ll have service at your destination and if so, what the international charges are. You don’t want to get back to the U.S. to find that you’ve racked up a large phone bill.
Make sure everything is charged
The night before you leave, make sure all of your essentials are charged. This includes your phone, laptop, tablet, and other devices that you’ll need for your trip. It will make traveling easier and you won’t have to worry about dead batteries.
Carry hand sanitizer
Airports, planes, and taxis are full of unseen germs, so make sure you carry plenty of hand sanitizer with you on your journey. Wipe down commonly-used surfaces like tray tables, arm rests, door handles, and more to keep germs at bay.
If your company foots the bill for your food while you’re on a business trip, it can be easy to overindulge or eat unhealthy things you wouldn’t normally eat. Resist the urge to do so and instead, choose healthy options like fruits, water, and protein. You’ll feel much better when you get home.
Bring those headphones
Traveling can be loud – especially with long flights or long layovers, so invest in a good set of noise-cancelling headphones to keep things quiet.
Don’t forget the leisure clothes
When planning a business trip, it’s easy to forget about clothes for your down time. While packing, remember you’ll likely have some time to relax in between meetings or assignments, so don’t forget some comfortable clothes.