People who have to travel for work frequently know how grueling the process can be. Having to uproot yourself, make it to the airport, and often attend a seminar or meeting immediately after getting off the plane can be exhausting.
There are all sorts of possibilities for things to go wrong when you have all of the variables which come along with traveling long distances for work. However, with the right tools and tactics, you can make your business travel more comfortable. Here are some of the best tips to get you started.
Arrange Transportation Early
Rather than rolling the dice and hoping you’ll find a shuttle or cab at the last minute, try to arrange your transportation ahead of time. Call ahead and set up a time for your driver to meet you so that you have ample time to arrive at the airport.
The same goes for when you arrive at your destination. You should have a pick up scheduled so that you know the minute you get off the plane you’ll have a car ready to roll.
Carry on Only
A lot of business travelers are tempted to check bags so that they can bring everything they need. However, learning to pack the minimum possible is ideal. Half of the battle of traveling is sitting through lengthy check-in lines and waiting for your luggage at the carousel.
However, when you have only a carry on bag to worry about, you move much faster with much less hassle. With just a carry on to worry about, you can even check in before arriving at the airport which speeds things up immensely.
Buy Two Of Things You’ll Need
When packing for a business trip, it can get stressful trying to remember if you packed everything you need. From your toothbrush to your external charger, it can be a headache digging through your belongings and sticking them in your suitcase.
However, if you have two of everything, then your extras can always remain packed. When you get home from your trip, you don’t have to worry about unpacking, and when you leave for your trip, you don’t have to worry about potentially forgetting something.
Bring a Backup Credit Card
You never know when theft can happen or a fluke accident. Being far from home and losing your method of payment can be disastrous, particularly when on a business trip.
Always make sure that you pack an extra credit card you can rely on if you lose your wallet.
Having the peace of mind that you’re taken care of in a pinch is worth its weight in gold. Just be sure that you pack the extra card in a place other than your wallet. Otherwise, it defeats the entire purpose.