Are you getting ready to travel for business? Going on a business trip can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve never gone on one before. Although you know it’s important for your job, you can still easily get stressed out by it. Instead, use these 5 business travel tips to make your trip less stressful so you can focus on the job ahead. Let’s explore these 5 tried and true tips and turn you into a business trip pro.
- Develop a Packing System
There’s nothing worse than getting to your destination and realizing you forgot to pack something. When it comes to packing, you need to follow a system. Get your suitcase ready and then make a list of what you’re taking with you. Include everything on this list, from clothing to shoes to electronics. Then, you have an inventory ready to go for your trip.
Then, pack what’s on the list. Make sure to take an extra outfit, just in case you have to stay an extra day. Also, remember to bring extra of all of your extensions – socks, underwear, contact solution, etc.
Make sure to leave room in your suitcase or carry-on for things to make the flight easier. If it’s a long flight, you’ll probably enjoy having items that will help you sleep, like our Air Evolution® travel pillow and our Midnight Magic® Sleep Mask. The Air Evolution® is our inflatable travel pillow that shrinks to the size of a soda can for easy transport. The Midnight Magic® Sleep Mask features adjustable straps and a moveable nose bridge, ensuring a perfect fit on your face.
While packing, check the weather of the area you’re traveling to. It’s not a good feeling when you pack polos and shorts and it ends up being jeans and jacket weather. Also, keep all of the important things you’re carrying – house keys, wallet, and cellphone – in an easily accessible part of your bags.
Lastly, charge all of your electronics before putting them in your bags, so you don’t have to worry about charging them when you’re traveling.
- Join a Frequent Flyer Club
Another often-overlooked business traveler tip is the good old fashioned Frequent Flyer Club. After all, if you have to travel for business, you may as well get some perks for it. Find the right program for you that offers you benefits that you really want. Getting enough points can get you some in-flight upgrades, like being bumped up to first class if there’s room. Who wouldn’t want the extra legroom and free booze that first class entails?
Once you’ve signed up for the program that works best for you and your lifestyle, make sure you’re keeping track of your miles and status with an app on your phone, like AwardWallet. This app lets you keep track of all of your programs, even if you’re a member of multiple programs.
- Learn the Layout of Your Airport
Knowing where everything is located at the airport you’re traveling out of makes your time at the airport less hectic. If you know the layout, you can easily check your bags, get through security, and get to your gate in know time. With the time you’ve saved, you can grab some new magazines and buy some coffee to enjoy before your flight is boarded.
For getting through security quicker, remember to keep your important things in an easily accessible part of your carry-on. As soon as you’re in the security lines, empty everything out of your pockets, just keeping your ID and phone in your hand. Put all of your belongings in a bin and do everything that the TSA people tell you, so you get through the line as quickly as possible.
Of course, when it comes to the TSA, nowadays the ultimate business traveler tip is to simply splurge on the TSA PreCheck program. For a flat fee of $85, you can cut the security line at over 180 airports in the US – and your PreCheck status lasts for five years.
- Ask for Room Upgrades at Hotels
It’s a little-known business traveler tip, but you can sometimes get room upgrades at hotels for free. Hotel clerks are likely to do this when business is slow and a lot of rooms are empty. Wait for the line at the front desk to clear and, once the clerk appears to have a bit of free time, approach the desk and politely make your request. If you happen to be traveling for a special occasion – say you just got a promotion – you can mention this when asking, too.
If you do get a free upgrade, you need to enjoy it. Go into your fresh, new suite and slip on a pair of our fuzzy, scent-infused socks and relax from a hard day of business.
- Give Yourself Extra Time
To take away some stress, give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport or train station. Take into account traffic getting to and from the airport, any potential weather delays, and the time it may take to check into your hotel once you arrive. Have something ready to read in case you get to your gate early – you’ll be much happier you’re there with time to spare than if you head out the door in a rush and find yourself running through the terminal.
Travel Like a Pro with Cabeau
Follow these 5 tips to travel like a pro the next time you’re planning a trip. When you follow these simple, easy to remember business travel tips, you can save yourself time, money, and certainly stress. And don’t forget to stock up on our top-rated neck pillows and comfort accessories to reclaim some of the long-lost luxuries of travel!