Business Trip Tips
Sleeping on planes, packing constantly for trips and staying glued to your mobile device can derail your routine and make you grumpy. Traveling for business isn’t always easy.
Keeping a positive attitude is the first step to a stress-free travel experience. Travelers have a better chance at getting upgrades, itinerary changes and extraordinary service when they ask politely and maintain happy demeanors.
Kindness isn’t the only way to minimize inconveniences and maximize your productivity while traveling.
Here is some practical tips make traveling for business easier;
1. Use a travel checklist
Even if you travel all the time, it’s easy to forget something. Keep a checklist and cross things off until you’re sure you have everything you need.
2. Make a packing list
Travel items should never leave the suitcase. Keep a pair of flats, a nightgown, chargers, compression socks, glasses, socks, tampons – whatever you think you might forget and a dopp kit prepacked with toiletries, make-up, vitamins, pills. Restock/launder when you return.
3. Keep an energy bar in your bag
If it’s a winter blizzard or a massive string of delays, you may be out of luck. Prepare in advance by keeping an energy bar in your bag so you’re always ready in case disaster strikes.
4. Get a good meal
Eat healthy before, during and after plane. Salad, juice, fruit, veggies, and tons of water.
5. Make sure cell and laptops are charged before the flight.
6. Automate all frequent flier numbers online and sign up for hotel.
7. Know your company’s per diem and what is covered. Movies? Room service? Minibar snacks? Taxis? Dry cleaning? If it’s covered and it would help you be more efficient, use it, that’s what it’s for. Use a corporate card to avoid expense forms.
8. Respond to emails (“I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you, I was traveling…”), VM, etc. Tidy up your postponed issues.
P.S.: Do not sit next to your co-workers on the plane, esp if they are your boss. Super tacky to have business conversations in public, esp. if you are in client services. Use the plane ride to gather your thoughts, focus on trip goals, catch up on email or read. Focus on what you are there for, this is not a vacation. Don’t sight-see, try all the restaurants, souvenirs etc. unless it directly impacts your work.