If you’re in an occupation that requires you to travel often for business, knowing what to pack and how to best prepare for your trip is essential. Whether it’s an overnight stay or an extended amount of time, traveling can be overwhelming and stressful. Want to enhance your business travel experiences? We’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of business travel tips from start to finish. Follow these steps to ensure your trip runs smoothly to make the most of your time away from home.
If your trip is only for a short time, you don’t want to have to stress over lost luggage or waste time waiting at the crowded baggage claim. Try packing lightly and keeping all belongings in your designated carry-on bags; this will save time at the airport and make it easier to walk around the airport and get to where you need to be.
Frequent flyers know never to pack more than you need. Minimize space needed by planning outfits before leaving and coordinating outfits with shoes to pack minimal pairs. While having business wear is essential, you’ll likely want to explore your new surroundings, have a casual dinner, or work out in your free time, so be sure to pack all the necessary items of clothing.
When it comes to packing toiletries and all other essentials, you should buy duplicate travel-size versions and keep them in your luggage. A few items that can stay in your bag are headphones, a phone charger, lint roller, and toiletries. Before you’re all packed and ready to go, be sure you’ve gone through a checklist to ensure that you don’t leave anything behind.
When it comes to extended stays, they can be more challenging to pack for, especially if you need a month (or more) worth of clothes. And yes, it’s possible to fit several months’ worth of essentials into a suitcase. For more tips, check out our blog How To Pack For An Extended Stay.
Charge Electronics Before Flying
If you’re flying for the long haul, make sure that your electronics are charged before jetting off. With hours to kill both in the airport and on your flight, be sure to charge your phone, laptop, and tablet to allow yourself to catch up on work and pass time more productively.
Book Nonstop Flights
Frequent flyers understand how stressful traveling can be, especially with multiple flights. To reduce stress levels and minimize the amount of time on your feet, we recommend booking non-stop flights. Layovers are also at risk with numerous flights that can lengthen the trip, so avoid an extra day of travel or waking up earlier than needed by booking a direct flight.
Print Important Documents
The last thing you want to do is arrive at the airport without all your relevant travel documents. While no one wants to think about losing their phone or running out of battery life, situations like this can occur, especially if you’re a frequent flyer. Come prepared and print off confirmation numbers and boarding passes for backups.
Find Suitable Accommodations
Whether you’re going to be away for a couple of nights or a couple of months, finding suitable accommodations that cater to all your needs is essential. If you are planning a trip on your own, make sure to do your research. We have many helpful articles (https://thehennesseygroup.com/blog/) to aid in your research and decision making. If your company has a position or department that handles business travel, ask around to see how they vet and choose living solutions for team members. As in all aspects of remote work and extended business travel, preparation is paramount.
At The Hennessey Group, all of our temporary stay solutions are designed to make you as comfortable as possible for your stay. From fully furnished solutions to lightning-fast internet connectivity, we’re ready to accommodate your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter how long you plan to be away, those who travel for business purposes can benefit from preparation. Unlike traveling for pleasure, you’ll need all the energy you can get to excel in meetings, conferences, or long days on the job, so be sure to follow our list of tips to ensure your journey runs smoothly.