Late nights, long flights, extended stays from family, and stressful situations can make many the business traveler think about packing it all up for a comfortable desk job. It’s understandable- no one wants to spend their career stressed out on the road. Especially when that career was something that was dreamed of and worked hard for. Luckily, there are solutions.
We’ve researched and investigated ways to make life on the road easier on the business traveler. We’ve broken down a business trip into six aspects, and assigned five hacks to each. Use any, all, or any combination of them to make your next business trip you’re best.
1. Pack not to check. Checking-in luggage is the worse. It always takes ages and costs extra money. Pack with the idea that you won’t be doing it. You’ll be rewarded when you don’t have to stand in long bag check queues.
2. Check airline cabin hand luggage restrictions in advance. If you don't own a hand luggage that fits perfectly (like GATE8 cabin luggage), this could prove costly.
3. Pack versatile wardrobes that can be used for multiple occasions. Weekend trips call for one jacket, two pairs of pants, and two shirts? that can be worn in any situation. Also pack versatile socks and sundries. Keep in mind that navy blue is the most versatile colour.
4. Use the right bag. You want something that’s cabin approved and can fit all of the above mentioned items without creasing or wrinkling them. It also should have special compartments for your laptop, cell phone, passport, and wallet.
5. Charge all electronics before putting them in your bag. This ensures that you’ll be ready to work as soon as you get to your destination.
6. Stay organised. Before you head to the airport, make sure all your belongings are organised and in a place where you can easily find them. Also, make sure your ticket, passport, and wallet are on hand. Our currency travel wallet lets you carry all this perfectly.
7. Get rewarded. Always fly using a credit card that will reward you with additional miles. Flight costs are the greatest expense for business travelers. Hotel, restaurant, and cash rewards are great, but nothing is more valuable than sky mile rewards.
8. Work. Or Don’t Work. Some love to work while in the air. Others find it impossible. It’s never a good idea to force yourself to work- it can create loads of unnecessary stress that can hurt your productivity once you land.
9. Enjoy your flight by doing something you know you like. Reading a book or watching a movie you’re interested in is always a good idea.
10. Stay awake. The quality of sleep on a plane is poor and can leave you feeling grumpy, tired, and irritated, which is the last thing you want while traveling on business. Force yourself to stay awake, so that you can get real, quality rest when you land.
11. Don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol isn’t a good way to make a plane flight go by. Avoid it so that you can get off your flight without feeling sluggish and hung-over.
12. Choose a quality hotel. Never sacrifice quality for cost. A neat, organized, and clean hotel is an absolute must for a business traveler. Check hotel ratings before making a booking. If a hotel seems questionable, don’t stay there. In addition, if you’re not comfortable in a hotel then you should leave and find a new one.
13. Talk to the hotel staff. You want to do everything you can to make your life easy. Talking to the hotel staff can be a great way to win their favor and get them to help you if you need it.
14. Organize your room as if it were your home or office. This is a great way to ensure comfort. It also will trigger your brain to organize its thoughts and work efficiently.
15. Contact your loved ones. It’s important to let your loved ones know where you are and how you’re doing. Most business travellers run into family problems in some way, shape, or form. By staying in touch, you ensure that neither you nor your family will be under any excess stress because of your absence.
16. Find the location of everything you need. The hotel staff can be your best resource here. Ask them to tell you where any and every place you need to go is. The last thing you want to happen is to be running around searching for directions when you’re supposed to be working.
17. Focus on one thing at a time. Business travellers have a million things on their mind. In order to be productive, you must be able to focus on one thing at a time. Avoid any and all distractions that will sidetrack you from your work. Also, stay away from non business related calls, texts, and social media messages.
18. Use all resources available. A good hotel will have tons of resources for business travellers. Use them. It will make working a lot easier. Hotel computers, scanners, copiers, conference rooms, quiet spaces, and guest offices can all be used for your benefit.
19. Talk to other business travellers. Other veteran business travellers can give you good advice in regards to the area your staying in. They can also be good way to branch out and make connections.
20. Take a break. Being on the road is stressful. Stress induces a fight response that will give you excess energy that can lead a potential burn out. Remember to stop and take breaks even if you don’t feel like it. By doing so, you’ll be increasing your future productivity.
21. Get comfortable. It’s easy to not take care of yourself when your working on the road. There’s something about the idea of not being at home that makes you neglect comfort. This is a surefire way to burn out. Do what you have to do to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible.
Hacks When Not Working
22. Do what you want. Don’t force yourself to spend time with colleagues or tourists if you don’t have to. Do something that makes you happy. Remember that traveling is one of the coolest parts of your job. Take advantage of your freedom.
23. Rest. Take advantage of down time and get some rest. Use any facilities the hotel offers if they help you. Pools and spas are always available and popular.
24. Exercise. It’s easy to neglect exercise while on the road. If you have time and feel like it, do some type of exercise that you enjoy. It will make you feel good and give you energy.
25. Check in with family. Checking in with family is a must. Do so when you’re not working. It will give you and your family the chance to enjoy a conversation without being
rushed or pressed for time.
26. Explore the town. If you feel like it, explore the town for a new experience. See what it has to offer. If something interests you and you have the time, do it. Never leave a place with the regret that you didn’t explore it.
Hacks When Leaving
27. Organise your valuables. Always organise your valuables first. Get them all together. Create a list. Check it. Then, double check it. Then, put everything in a safe place- don’t pack it just yet.
28. Pack to check on. Again, you never want to check a bag. If you’ve bought something, make sure to rearrange your items so that your new purchased item can fit. Also, don’t neglect properly packing your clothes just because you’re going home. You don’t want to ruin them for future trips.
29. Make sure all business affairs are in order. Leave no stone unturned. Double and triple check to make sure any and all business that you came to do is done before you leave. Not doing so could be a costly mistake.
30. Thank the hotel staff. Establishing good relationships is important. You never know when you’ll be returning to a location. Thank the hotel staff to ensure that you leave on good terms. They’ll appreciate it.
31. Pack your valuables. Triple check your valuables to make sure they’re all there. If they are, go ahead and pack them. Make sure they are in a safe and secure.
There you have it. 31 business travel hacks that you can put to immediate use on your next work trip. Some of them might be a change of pace, but that’s okay.
Try them out.
All successful business travellers will tell you that the lifestyle takes time to learn, master and appreciate.