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6 Tips for preparing for a business trip

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Traveling on business is very different from traveling for pleasure on your vacation, so it is important that you know what to expect from a business trip. Going away on business can often be a stressful and chaotic time, and it usually isn’t as glamorous as it may sound. If your job involves taking regular business trips, then you could benefit from having a routine when it comes to preparing for a trip away with work.

Planning a business trip is always challenging. Even if you are going away for a weekend conference, you will have to make flight arrangements, figure out a place to stay, decide what you will do about food, and make a work schedule. Our expert tips will help you.

Create and save a packing list

Things can be difficult to plan, especially when you’re going to be away for a fortnight or so. Making a list of things to bring can be helpful.

If you are going to be traveling on business on a regular basis, then by perfecting your preparation routine, you will find packing to be much less of a chore. It is beneficial to make a list of all the things you need to make for your trip. From toiletries to a smart suit to wear to business meetings, you should write everything down so that you don’t forget anything. You can keep this list to one side while you are packing and tick off each item as it goes in your case.

However, once you are all packed and ready to go, you should keep hold of that list and reuse it next time you go away. This will make any future business trips much easier to pack and prepare for. It also means that if you find you have forgotten something essential while you are away, you can add it to the list for your next trip..

Keep your travel documents in order

This may seem like an obvious thing to do when you are traveling on a business trip, but it is by far the most important! You should invest in a folder that you keep with you while you are traveling. This should contain your passport, emergency contact details, and necessary visas. This avoids any frantic last-minute searches for your passport when you are rushing for your flight.

Phone Charger and Cords

Your cell phone came with a charger, but when you are traveling it can be hard to find a place to plug it in. It is a good idea to buy a portable cellphone charger that you can carry with you wherever you go. You simply load up the charger before you leave on your trip by plugging it into a wall. If your cell phone runs out of batteries, you can plug it into the portable charger and make that important phone call or get directions to wherever it is you are going.

One of the main things people forget in hotel rooms is the cord for their cell phone charger or for their laptop. You may want to carry extra power cords in case you should lose yours.

A Place to Stay That Has a Kitchen and a Laundry Machine

If you are going to be in town for a while, it can be expensive and fattening to eat in restaurants.  A hotel probably is not a practical place to stay if you’re going to be living there for ten days. If you rent a condo or apartment from a corporate housing company, you will have a kitchen where you can prepare some meals.

When you travel for work it is always advisable to bring a carry-on bag containing wrinkle-proof clothing and a garment bag for any suits or other fancy attire you may need. It is not advisable to check bags, because they can get lost.

You are unlikely to be able to fit 10 days worth of clothes into a carry-on bag. Hence the house that you select should have a washer and dryer with supplies. Read more here.

What Clothing to Bring

You should always bring a black blazer and a black skirt or pair of pants. Bring one pair of sensible black shoes that can be worn on both casual and business occasions. Pack workout clothes so you can stay in shape wherever you are.

Bring at least one pair of pajamas. Even if you sleep au naturel you won’t be able to fit a bathrobe in a tiny carry-on bag and you never know when you might have to open the door for a hotel manager, coworker, or room service.

Toiletries

The vast majority of hotels, motels, and corporate housing facilities will provide you with basic toiletries. If you are traveling for over 10 days, you will need such things as shaving cream, razors, and a facial cleanser in addition to shampoo soap makeup, and conditioner.

Remember to put your toiletries in a waterproof bag. It is always better to carry bar soap and Stick deodorant when you are traveling. Nothing ruins a trip faster than arriving at your destination to find shampoo all over everything.

Taking a business trip can be an adventure. You will get to explore a new city and meet new people. Knowing what to bring can take the stress out of the situation and save you time.

Authoritative Sources:
The Future of Business Travel

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