Making Your Business Trips More Exciting
It used to be that only high level executives in large Fortune 500 companies traveled frequently by air. Now, even despite marked improvements in information technology and telecommunications, those employed by smaller businesses find themselves called upon to travel to meetings, conventions, and other events in various parts of the world. The following tips are intended to assist the business traveler in avoiding the stress and fatigue that often seems to accompany frequent business travel. Some of these tips may even have the added benefit of causing the frequent business traveler to relax and enjoy the trip.
There is nothing more irritating than when your baggage goes missing during your trip. For business people this can mean a lost business opportunity or making the trip again to accomplish your mission. To avoid this inconvenience you should keep all important items for your trip in your hand luggage.
Thinking ahead to avert this type of disaster will prevent you from being caught without the clothing or other items needed for your trip and will prevent a wasted trip. Frequent fliers are equally careful to avoid over packing, so that they travel with exactly the items they need for their trip. In that situation, if a suitcase or piece of hand luggage is lost, the loss is minimized.
When packing, you should pack one pair of business shoes and one pair of casual shoes only, and only bring only the necessities when it comes to work clothes, which are costly to replace if your luggage goes missing. You should then pack whatever toiletries that you might need, and any non-essential work related items.
One tip that will enable you to travel with a smaller piece of luggage is to roll your clothing items, rather than folding them. Doing so takes up less space in the bag and also results in less wrinkled items when they are unpacked. Finally, it is a good idea to pack dark colored, rather than light colored, clothing, because a dark colored item will not show a stain and may not need to be laundered mid-trip in the event of a spill.
Sometimes you might be delayed before important meetings. It is therefore important to carry travel wipes, which can help you, freshen up without taking a shower. You should also ensure all your electronic gadgets such as cell phone or laptop are charged fully before embarking on your trip. Most cell phones have long standby and talk time therefore once charged they would serve the purpose.
Given the routine nature of business related air travel, it is entirely possible to do work while en route to your destination. Spending this down-time working on projects frees up time when you arrive to relax and perhaps do a little site-seeing. By planning ahead, you can be prepared for whatever comes your way during travel. If you pay heed to the travel tips offered above, you can enjoy your time traveling for business, and banish the stress and boredom that was once associated with it.