Top Tips To Prepare For An Upcoming Business Trip
companies learn to navigate a global industry, business trips are now a regular part of the job for millions of people.
You may be so “old hat” at this that you’re hoping for some new tricks to help reignite the excitement. Or maybe you’re a novice looking for tips to make your next trip less intimidating.
Either way, we have you covered here.
Before you start preparing for your upcoming business trip, check out these three expert suggestions to make the whole process easier. You may even — dare we say — get to mix business with some leisure!1. Make a Reusable Travel Checklist
If you’re going to travel more than once in your lifetime, a reusable travel checklist is beneficial. Much of what you need on a trip is the same whether you’re heading out for fun or work, so you can use the same list to start both. Amend it with any extras, and have a “vacation” and “business” travel checklist.
How you put this list together depends on your preferences. Here are a few popular methods you might like:The Traditionalist: You can type up a basic list with your essentials on it, then laminate it. Use dry-erase markers to add things as you remember them, and then check off each thing as you pack.The Virtual Assistant Mode: Make a “Travel List” on your smartphone using Alexa, Siri, or your other virtual assistant to add items.The Techie: Use packing checklist apps, such as PackPoint and Packr. These apps ask a few questions about your habits, then provide a basic list of essentials. They can also tell you what you should pack based on your destination city and the hotel’s amenities if you’re interested.
Start with a checklist that includes your normal items: toiletries, undergarments, electronics, chargers, and other must-haves. This list will help you no matter where you go. As long as you make the list flexible, you can always change it when you think of new things to add.2. Keep Your Documents Secured
The biggest fear for many travelers is losing their personal documents during the trip. This is a legitimate concern, especially if you’re flying or heading out on international trips. You need your ID, cash, and a credit card to get home.
Having all of your documents in one secure place is smart, but it’s better to have multiple copies in various places in case you lose the originals.
Make a few copies of your passport, driver’s license, and credit cards. Put one set in your purse or carry-on, one in your suitcase, and leave a set at home with a trusted friend or family member. Download a secure app like KeepSafe to your phone, and store images of each of these items in a password-protected file you can access from anywhere.
Copies and pictures aren’t accepted as government ID at an airport or border checkpoint. But if you’re separated from your documents, you can use the credit card number to book a flight home. The copies and images will help when you talk to officials to report your missing documents.3. Get to Know the Business Hotel Amenities
Traveling becomes easier the more you do it, but even as a seasoned corporate guest, every trip is different. This is particularly true if you stay at a new hotel at each destination.
Still, while business hotels are all unique, they have some consistent amenities designed to attract corporate travelers like you. When you’re familiar with what you can expect at lodging facilities geared toward business guests, it makes packing and planning simpler.
Some common amenities available at almost every “corporate” hotel include:Multiple chargers for a variety of electronicsComplimentary high-speed WiFiDesktop and laptop computers available for useAll-in-one or individual printers, faxes, copiers, and scannersCoworking spacesOvernight (or faster) laundry servicesPrime locations with various restaurants and shopping options within walking distance
If a hotel markets itself as business-centric, it must provide amenities the average corporate guest needs. Look into these offerings wherever you’ll be staying, and you may not have to pack a big wardrobe or any extra electronics, which can help you stick to a carry-on bag only.Conclusion
With these three tips, organizing, packing, and preparing for your next business trip is simplified. You won’t need as much “stuff” in your suitcase when you know what your hotel amenities include, and you’ll feel safer heading out with your identity and credit cards secured.
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