Getting a good tip or two to help your trip go smoother and fly time faster when away from home can be invaluable when it comes to preparing yourself for business travel. Knowing what you can do to save time, stress, and being prepared will help you get used to a whole new way of working and traveling, and give you more time to work, play or relax.
Packing for perfection
It is important to think carefully when packing your hand luggage for a work trip. You want to make sure that everything you need - paperwork, documents, phone, charger, pens, the sunglasses you have bought from this site, and passport - are easily accessible. Put them into compartments that you can get to without hassle so that checking in and going through security is a smooth and painless process.
It is also worth thinking about not checking in luggage if you can avoid it. It can make travel considerably more expensive, but can also slow you down when it comes to check-in and leaving the airport when you have arrived at your destination.
You may think that traveling light is not possible on a work trip, but before you start loading things into your suitcase, think carefully about what you are going to take with you. Realistically, how many different sets of clothes will you have a chance to wear?
It is also a good idea that you take the time to charge your electrical devices before you leave or at the airport, and if permitted, take a portable charger with you on the plane so that if you do have to work, you don't have to worry about them going flat.
Take advantage of travel perks
If you are a frequent flier, you may be able to access a whole range of perks from loyalty programs for various airlines, so if you haven't already signed up, what are you waiting for? When you accrue points or air miles, you can exchange them for all sorts of things, from fast-tracking through security via priority lines, access to VIP lounges at the airport and even upgrades to business and first-class for the cost of a coach class ticket - there are all sorts of things to take advantage of!
What time are you traveling?
Depending on the time zone you are traveling to, and the work you need to take care of, it is always worth considering different flying times. The red-eye is always a good option and also cheaper if you have time to sleep at the other end and get ready for business. It means that you will be well-rested and fresh ready for meetings and work the next day. Think about all of your options carefully before booking your flights.
Hire a car
Is it worth renting a car for your journeys, or getting to know the local transport connections? The last thing you want is to show up late and feel rushed for important business meetings, so do your homework in advance to figure out the best way to get around to make sure you have plenty of time to get there early and be completely prepared.
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