5 tips for business trips

While business trips are fantastic for both personal and career growth, they can easily seem daunting and overwhelming. You not only want to make a great impression and forge strong connections with clients and co-workers, but you also want to have an enriching experience. Because of this, it’s important to take care of the seemingly insignificant things before you set your polished heel on the plane. Read on to see what you could use to become a savvy traveller on your next trip.

1. Carry-on luggage

For the shorter business trips, you should consider saving money, time and stress with carry-on luggage. The best carry-on bags have wheels and an extendable handle for easy use. If you struggle to pack light, take advantage of travel-sized toiletries, perfume samples and compact makeup. Also style your outfits around only one pair of shoes. Working hard to pack light will be worth it when you end up avoiding the luggage carousel upon landing. For added security, ask your business for their travel agent’s contact details, as some agencies like Corporate Traveller offer insurance in case of any luggage mishaps.

2. Portable chargers

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as a low battery when you’re trying to use Google Maps to find you way around town. Carrying around a portable power charger is extremely handy in case you haven’t had access to any charging points.

3. Organised business satchel

If time is of the essence (and it usually is on business trips), don’t waste any while digging for a document in a messy bag; get organised with a business satchel. Purchase a stylish, sleek bag with plenty of compartments for your laptop, power cords, itineraries, business cards and other paperwork.

4. Portable hotspot and other handy apps

Smartphones are aptly named; not only can you tether your laptop or tablet to your phone for instant internet, but you can also make use of an array of helpful apps that can guide you around town. As some hotels may not have WiFi, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and be ready to use your phone as a WiFi hotspot. Just be sure that you are checking your data usage until you can get to an area that offers a free WiFi connection. In addition, make good use of restaurant review apps and other travel apps to help guide you around your temporary home.

5. A good book

It’s important to set some time aside each day on your trip to ensure you’re refreshed and ready to tackle new challenges and meetings. A great way to relax and escape the daily grind is by reading an engrossing book. This is especially helpful before bed, as winding down and being comforted by a great read is the perfect way to rejuvenate after a long day.

What helps you most when you’re preparing for a business trip? Share your thoughts and tips on what helps you become a savvy traveller in the comments section below.

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