With an increasing number of businesses going global these days, business travel is slowly becoming an unavoidable part of work. Recent studies have shown that people who spend more time in the road or in between flights tend to suffer from poorer health than those who do less traveling. But, there are some things you can do to make your travels less stressful for you. We’ve compiled a few practical tips for you to follow to ensure a hassle-free business trip each time.
- Prepare a packed carry-on bag – If you expect to be traveling anytime soon, re-pack your carry-on bag with a fresh set of clothes and other travel essentials as soon as you return from your flight. This step will not only save you time, but it will also get you more sleep because you don’t have to wake up so early, or sleep late the night before your flight because you needed to pack.
- Choose to book direct flights- Travel agents often choose to book the cheapest flight, which often happens to be the longest too, and this often translates to overnight stays in hotels and additional expenses on meals and transport. To save time and money, do some research and opt for flights with shorter stopovers, or just book a direct flight which may save you expenses in the long run.
- Select your seat or know where you’re seated before hand- If you plan to upgrade your seat to first class; ask your travel agent to seat you near the front of the plane so you can get off the plane quickly and save a lot of time.
- Check in Online- Checking in online will save you time because it allows you to skip this step and go directly to security. However, if you check in online, make sure that you only have your carry-on bag and don’t have any luggage to check. Airlines that offer online check-in services usually require the passenger name and a reference number which is usually a six-digit alphanumeric code.
Some essentials you should consider:
1. If you’re going to do any presentations, bring an extra Ethernet cable just in case the hotel runs out or if theirs are broken. You should also bring a USB drive that contains a back-up copy of your presentation just in case you’re not able to connect your laptop to the projector and have no other choice but to stick your USB stick to the system’s port.
2. Always have a pen and paper ready. Unlike your laptop and some of your other electronic devices, you can rely on these because they don’t need batteries that need to be charged.
3. Make sure to always have some cash with you. You’ll never know when you might need it.
These are just some tips to make sure that your business trip will be light and hassle-free. If you have any additional tips, feel free to share!