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Tips for Smarter Living: Surviving Business Travel

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tips for Smarter Living: Surviving Business Travel

I love to travel and enjoy telling my kids how when I first started traveling I would have to call a local chamber, order brochures of local hotels, and drive around to ask if I could see the room and negotiate a fair rate, or go meet with a travel agent to plan a trip.  Now, we have the luxury of virtual tours, apps, and online reviews.  But for all of this new-found convenience, traveling for business can still be arduous. Below are a few tips to make business travel easier in 2018.

  • Take advantage of all the virtual information available! Download apps for the airlines, hotels, and rental car companies you tend to favor. Downloading your airline’s app will give you access to your mobile boarding pass, gate information, and more! Downloading your rental car agency and hotel apps often gives you the ability to check in online and skip the counter when you arrive. Remember to sign up for frequent traveler programs to earn points and be notified of special deals.  This works best if you are loyal to one or two companies. See our Savvy Business Traveler IQ Test for find a few more apps you may like.
  • Sign up for TSA Pre-Check if you only travel domestically. The sign-up process can take up to 8 weeks, so plan ahead. The $85 fee is well worth it, as TSA Pre-Check membership is good for five years and you will love the feeling of waiting in the (usually) shorter security lines and not having to take off your shoes, belt, etc.
  • Keep essentials packed at all times. I fell in love with a small emergency kit I discovered in the checkout line at Starbucks of all places, from a company called Pinch Provisions.  It includes sample size necessities like deodorant towelettes, an emery board, stain stick, lip balm, a mending kit, clear nail polish, as well as Emergen-C, Airborne, aspirin, and Sudafed.  Add your favorites to be ready for any adventure.
  • Find your perfect jet lag cure.  Everyone reacts to changing time zones differently, so it's important to figure out what your body needs and doesn't need to avoid jet lag and stick to your plan.
  • Pack and/or Find Healthy Snacks. Whether you pack healthy snacks in your carry-on bag or grab some at the airport, always have a healthy snack nearby. You are less likely to grab a candy bar (or two) if you have a protein bar to hold you over until your next meal.
  • Exercise! Whether you hit the hotel gym, work out in your room, or take a walk to explore the area you are visiting, be active!! There are many benefits of exercise for business travelers, including stress reduction, increased productivity, and decreased jet lag.
  • Remember to set your out of office reminder. Even if you will be replying to email, let your recipients know your response may be delayed. This helps to keep your stress down and sets expectations for the recipients.
  • Stay Organized. Keep your laptop bag and luggage organized. This includes cords, medications, papers, and anything else that has a tendency to get tossed into the bag. The more organized your bag, the less likely you are to lose or forget something along the way. Packing cubes, plastic bags, cord organizers, and smaller travel bags are all useful tools.
  • And lastly, contact phone and credit card companies in advance if you will be traveling internationally. Ask for email follow-ups to these contacts that detail special instructions and take screenshots of these emails so you have the instructions handy.

For more great tips, take this month’s Savvy Business Traveler IQ Test.  I love the apps Elaine mentions, especially an app that practically packs for you, helping you organize what you need to pack in your luggage and suitcase based on the length of you.

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Debbie Story, Corporate Identity, Inc.

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