From security to crowded planes to sleeping in a strange bed, traveling can be an awkward process. According to a study conducted by the Travel Industry Association of America, the average business traveler takes 5.4 trips per year with each trip lasting an average of 3.3 nights. So, here are some tips to help make your next business trip a little more comfortable.
Whether it’s renting a car, making dinner reservations, or assembling your presentation materials, anything you can get out of the way before you leave on your business trip will be one less thing you have to worry about while you’re out of your usual environment.
Choose Your Luggage Wisely
Black is by far the most popular color for luggage, so pick a color that stands out from the rest. It will save time at the baggage carousel and make it easier to find if it gets lost. And, if you bring a carry-on, be sure to double check that it meets the proper size regulations before you head to the airport.
Familiarize Yourself With Local Streets
It’s never fun to get lost in a strange city. If you know you will be driving, it’s a good idea to pick up a map or pack your GPS device and research your driving directions ahead of time. Look at a couple different routes so you’ll be ready to make quick decisions if you hit traffic, construction, or other unexpected roadblocks.
Take Hard Copies
Even though everything you need to make your big business pitch will easily fit on your laptop or a flash drive, it’s still important to bring a hardcopy of all your presentation materials. Computer bugs have a bad habit of only showing up at the most inconvenient times. It’s also a good idea to take hardcopies of all your important phone numbers and contact information.
Bring your own alarm clock
Whether you use a clock radio or your cell phone, stick with what you know will work. It’s much more difficult to reschedule a meeting you slept through when you’re out of town instead of in the office. And this goes for all other important equipment such as phone chargers and computer cords, too. When traveling for business, it’s always better to be safe, than sorry.