In today’s society, business travel is often an accepted common feature, in many different sources of employment. Whilst some enjoy the opportunity of visiting other locations, for others it can seem like a complete nightmare. Thankfully, there are simple ways, which may make business travel less stressful, when put into practice.
Improve Business Travel Preparation – Save Packing List
A really simple way to make preparing for a business trip significantly easier, involves saving a packing list on the computer, blackberry or iPhone. This means that each time one has to go away on business, there is no need to have to worry about forgetting important items. It may also be worthwhile adapting the list into two or three sections, with one for warmer climates and the other for locations where the weather is typically cooler.
In The Art of Organizing Anything, Maggio provides the reader with a handy A-Z of travel essentials:
- Airline tickets (or e-tickets)
- Alarm Clock
- Business cards
- Car and hotel reservations
- Cheque book
- Credit cards (company/own)
- Driver’s license (doubles as ID)
- Photocopies of essential documents
- Water bottle
- Work materials and related documents
In addition, for those who are due to make frequent business trips, having pre-packed hand-luggage, with all the basic essentials will likely save much time and stress. Remember that some airports or airlines have stricter rules about baggage weight allowance and hand-luggage contents. If in doubt, it is always best to check on the airline’s website, to decrease the possibility of having to re-pack items whilst at the airport.
How to Make Business Travel Easier – Luggage ID and Itineraries
As there is a strong likelihood of many other airline passengers having pretty much identical or similar luggage to oneself, it is well worth purchasing or creating some form of luggage ID. Most airport shops will sell leather ID tags to fit onto luggage, but to save money it is very simple to personalise a suitcase or holdall. This can be done by simply using a bit of ribbon or even a colourful hairband and threading it through one of the zips and tying it round. Choosing a bright colour will make it much easier to identify luggage, thus saving time at the luggage carousel.
Maggio also recommends emailing copies of business travel itinerary (especially when one is moving around a lot or away from some length) to family and friends. This way, should anything serious occur whilst away, one may easily be contacted.
As highlighted above, business travel does can be made easier and less stressful, with having a saved packing lists and pre-packed hand-luggage. Also, it is well worth either purchasing or making some form of clear, luggage ID, to save time whilst away and emailing family and friends one’s itinerary means one may be easily contacted in an emergency.