No matter where you’re headed to, business travel can be a pain- apart from having work on your mind, you also have to put up with long hours of travel and pesky co-passengers! While you can’t do much about these two problems, you can make your trip bearable by doing a few things differently.
If you’ve got to travel for business any time soon, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for 6 tips that will make business travel a breeze!
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Packing light can save you from the hassles of checking your luggage and waiting for it to turn up on the baggage carousel. What’s more, you won’t have to worry about the airlines losing your baggage!
Carry only the essentials with you and consider each item you take along carefully- if you’re never going to use it or if the hotel will provide it, don’t carry the extra weight. Avoid packing everything in a single large bag as it will be difficult to travel with.
Moreover, a lot of others will be doing the same. As such, if you happen to check-in late, there might not be any overhead bin space for your bag, and you might have to get it gate-checked. Instead of taking the risk, pack a medium-sized bag that can be pushed underneath your seat, and a small-sized one that can be shoved into whatever little space there is overhead.
Select the Right Clothes
Even if you’re going to be away for a week, you don’t need to carry a different outfit for each day. Learn how to mix and match clothes- you can create varied outfits by just taking basic clothing items with you.
Carrying a suit when you’re traveling for business is a must. If you don’t have a well-fitted suit, look at some custom suits and buy one that appeals to your taste or get one tailored. Give yourself an edge while traveling by putting on a pair of dress pants, a blazer over a dress shirt, and a pair of good shoes. You can always take the blazer off if you feel hot!
Apart from these clothes, fill your travel bag with a couple of formal shirts and pants that complement each other. Don’t worry about soiling your clothes; get the laundry done at the hotel!
Do Take Some Casuals Along
Just because you’re going on a business trip, doesn’t mean you pack only formals. You’re sure to have some time off to tour the city or indulge in activities of your choice, and you can’t go everywhere wearing a suit. So do pack some casuals like a pair of khakis and a couple of polo shirts.
Don’t forget to take weather-appropriate gear like scarves, sunglasses, and a hat, and activity gear like hiking boots or swimming trunks!
Organize Your Luggage
Irrespective of the number of bags you carry and the amount of luggage you take with you, be sure to have it all organized. Ensure that all items you’ll need on the flight are in your carry-on bag.
Remember to store cables and chargers in one place so you know where to look for them when needed. The same goes for items like socks, underwear, and accessories.
Prepare in Advance
Preparing in advance will ensure you have a great time at the airport, while flying, and at the hotel. Remember to charge all your gadgets the night before your scheduled flight. Place all items you’ll need in-flight in a small bag inside your carry-on. This way, you won’t have to rummage through your carry-on for things.
Place all important documents including your passport, visa, and ticket near your wallet and keys. This way, you won’t forget anything behind when leaving for the airport. Get important documents printed out beforehand so you always have a copy should anything go wrong.
Consider carrying enough cash with you so you don’t have to queue up at airport ATMs or waste time finding one once you land.
Being upgraded to business class on a flight and to a suite at the hotel you’ll be staying at can make a world of difference to your travel. To fly business class, you can either hope to be upgraded by a gate agent- providing economy class tickets are over-sold- or tell a gate agent that you’d like to be considered for an upgrade. You might have to shell out money in the latter case, but you could fly in style for as less as $50- $100 extra.
When you reach your hotel, politely ask the front desk clerk if business is slow, and if they could put you up in a more comfortable room, a room with a better view, or a suite. Keep in mind that being well-dressed and good-mannered can earn you brownie points!
Now that you’ve read these tips, you’ve got no reason to sulk over your next business trip. Do the right things and you’re sure to enjoy traveling whether it be for work or pleasure!
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