5 Ways to Ensure Your Business trip Goes Smoothly
What do the words, missed, lost, canceled, and “I’m sorry,” all have in common?
They’re all words you never want to hear when traveling for business.
Traveling for business can be exciting and fun, but if you’re not paying attention, it can also be stressful.
Thankfully, most of the hassle can easily be avoided by following these simple tips.
- Pack Appropriately
You are probably pretty busy as it is, and don’t have a lot of extra time to spend staring into your closet and wondering what to pack.
Here are some quick tips you can use to streamline the process:
- Consider the number of days you’ll be gone, and what you’ll be doing while you’re away.
- Research what the weather at your destination is like, so you’ll have a better idea of what kind of clothes you’ll need.
- Make sure to include chargers for your laptop, phone, and any other electronic devices. Keep them in an easily accessible carry on.
- Create a toiletry bag that you use specifically when traveling. This ensures that you’ll never be without a toothbrush or razor again, and you don’t have to spend so much time packing and unpacking them.
Some people also include a change of clothing in their carry on, just in case they spill something on themselves during their flight.
A change of clothes also comes in handy in the very real scenario of check-in luggage getting lost.
Additionally, on travel days, pick an airport security friendly outfit.
You know, shoes that slip on and off easily. No metal belt buckles, bulky jackets or excessive jewelry, and of course. None of the prohibited items displayed on the security checkpoint posters.
- Use the Same Airline
Choosing to fly with the same airline means that every time you arrive at the airport, you know exactly where the gate is. You’ll know the amount of time it takes to get there, and will spend less time and energy figuring it all out.
Additionally, you (or your company depending on who books the travel) can collect perks such as frequent flier miles or other incentives which are used to reward loyal customers.
- Arrive Early
Arriving early sets the tone. Nobody likes to rush through the airport panic stricken, coattails flapping in the wind. No one likes to be “that guy,” the person who sheepishly boards as the other passengers who’ve been buckled in and waiting for 20 minutes stare, stone faced.
And that’s if they even let you on the plane in the first place.
Showing up early gives you a chance to review your itinerary., and review some of the things you’ll be doing when you land.
If you’ll be doing a presentation, participating in meetings, whatever it is. You have time to go over it, and be prepared.
- Book Appropriate Accommodation
Where you stay is important. If you’re going on a short-term basis, hotels usually work well.
For longer stays, corporate housing and other types of rentals are much better. Not only do you feel more at home, they’re usually set up to allow guests the ability to cook, relax, and generally feel right at home.
Take Texas, for example. There is a wide range of Houston corporate housing options available, which suits all needs and durations of stay.
To help you find the perfect place, ask:
How long will you be there?
- Which area (or areas) will you be working in during your stay?
- Do you love to cook? Exercise? What daily habits do you have that you’d like to be able to engage in while traveling on business?
- Will you be renting a car, or use Uber or a driver to get around?
There are quite a few options that suit all sorts of travel needs, which means there’s no need to settle, inconvenience yourself, or be uncomfortable during your trip.
- Have Some Fun
Fun is an important part of life, and there’s no reason why you can’t add a little to your business travel.
You’re going somewhere new after all, which means there’s a lot of different things you can explore.
Do you enjoy live music? Art? History? Nature?
No matter where you go, there’s likely to be something you’re interested in if you know where to look.
Most places have websites that showcase some of the highlights. If you prefer to stay off the beaten path, ask a local. People are usually more than willing to share the things they think make their city the best.
If you’re in need of relaxation, get a massage, or try a 5-star restaurant.
Or, book a food tour.
You can mix business and pleasure; there’s no better place to do it than on a business trip.
So, there you have it. Some simple tips and tricks to ensure your business trip goes smoothly. Just…maybe don’t tell everyone how much fun you had.