Business travelers don’t have any time to waste. Unlike people who are on vacation and have plenty of time to unpack, or even go shopping for items they forgot to take. When you’re on a work-related trip, time is precious because the stay is usually limited and there’s much work to do before and after the trip is over.
In order to make sure you get to that meeting on time and ready to get the job done, here are some tips on how to make your next business trip a success. There are also a few new tools you should consider to ensure that your trip is both problem-free and successful. Read on to find out!
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Bring Only What You Need
When you take a vacation, you may bring an outfit or two that you may not wear or even a golf outfit in case you can get a round in.
But you don’t have that luxury when there’s work to do. Make a detailed itinerary of where you need to be, and what you’ll need to bring. Will you be going to an office every day? If so, what’s the dress code? Pack accordingly.
Will you be going for business lunches or dinner? Or out for drinks, or to see a show? You don’t want to be over- or under-dressed.
Carry On Essential Items
Your plane lands, and you need to get to your meeting right away. Pack whatever you need for the meeting in a separate bag, and carry it onto the plane if at all possible. This way, everything you need to get the job done is in one, organized place. No need to open a suitcase and go looking for your materials.
And carrying on this all-important stuff means your career won’t be at risk if your luggage is lost or misplaced. Pack any electronic equipment you need for work (plus chargers), printed materials, notes, pens or samples you need for your meeting or demonstration.
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Know Where Your Phone Is
Your flight has landed, and you’re on your way to a meeting when you hear your phone ringing. It could be a person at the meeting, someone from the office back home, or your spouse checking in.
But you can’t find your phone, you only hear it, and by the time you find it, it’s stopped ringing, so now you have to check messages.
There are products out there that can help, such as a phone leash. One of these is the Phone Fetcher, which attaches a chain or bungee from your phone to a bag, so that when the phone rings, all you have to do is follow the chain to the phone. It’s ideal for women to attach to a purse, but also works with a backpack, the briefcase of choice for many millennials.
“Being a busy mom and businesswoman, I was tired of all the time I wasted during my day looking high and low for my cell phone, digging in my purse, leaving my phone at home, or in my car, even losing it on occasion (expensive mistake),” says Madelyn Goldberg, the inventor of the Phone Fetcher. “This seemed like such a waste of precious time to me. I felt if I was having these issues, other women must be going through the same thing as I am. I had to find a better way.”
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Consider Using Your Hotel’s Laundry Service
Yes, it can be pricey, but one of the easiest ways to simplify a trip is to pack less. By packing fewer outfits, and planning on using your hotel’s laundry service, you won’t be stuffing your bags, which will make it easier to unpack and bring less luggage on a trip.
It also allows you to bring a smaller, lighter bag so that you can move quickly through the airport or hotel lobby. An added bonus: having your clothes laundered means they won’t get them wrinkled inside your luggage.
Speaking of wrinkles, try buying wrinkle-free clothes, or choose clothes made of materials that are less prone to getting wrinkled.
Buy the Right Stuff
You can save a lot of space by packing travel size soaps, shampoos, and deodorants, though you will want to bring them sealed in a different compartment to prevent leaks. Chances are you’ll use most, if not all, of these items, so you can throw away the bottles before returning home, and prevent leaks that could damage your clothes or other possessions on the way back.
And don’t forget the most helpful tool of all. The LugLoc luggage locator can help you keep track of all your precious possession while you travel.