Living out of suitcases, surviving on airline food, and battling jet lag - travelling for work can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. A savvy business traveler knows that preparation is key when it comes to a good business trip. Using checklists, planning tools, and various information sources can help maximise your work-related travel. Here’s what you should have sorted before you set off:
While booking a hotel, make sure you opt for one closet to the client’s office or the meeting destination. This can help you avoiding traffic, especially if you are a first-timer in the city, and minimise the last-minute rush. If the hotel is being booked for you, make sure you convey your requirements.
Give yourself time to relax by travelling in advance. This minimises worries in case of flight delays. Avoid planning your trip in a way that you reach the venue just before the meeting/event. Getting around connecting flights can save time. Make sure you assess the destination before you set out, including weather, security concerns, and health advisories.
Every business traveler would do well with a capsule wardrobe for his or her trip. The idea is to carry few items that you absolutely love wearing, and that you can mix and match to create multiple outfits. Save space in your bag by carrying travel-friendly clothing such as foldable flats, extremely light walking shoes, and less wrinkle-prone fabric.Wearing/carrying the heaviest accessories (bags, shoes etc) while travelling helps minimise the amount of things you need to carry.
Without a phone, work comes to a standstill. So never leave home without an appropriate electrical adapter and a power bank. Whether it is necessary or not, always keep a notepad and a pen in the bag. Carrying a bottle of water means you stay hydrated and don’t end up buying umpteen plastic bottles. A first-aid kit with medicines for common ailments - headaches, cold, or stomach troubles – is a must.
Research nearby restaurants or eateries where you can eat or take your client to. Check the menu and affordability before going. If you are arranging a meeting with a client, make sure you reserve a table in advance. You can also try out local favourites. Stick to light and healthy food to ensure you get enough nutrition. Travel-friendly food packs can work if you are not sure of the food at your destination.