Over the years, I’ve read a lot of business travel articles. Most of the advice I tried at one time or another. What worked, I kept. What flopped, I didn’t try again.
So based on my hard-learned experience, I’ve compiled some great business travel tips in this section that I hope will make being on the road for work a little less of a pain, and if not fun… at least a little more enjoyable.
In fact, I wish I’d had these business travel articles / tips when I first started travelling for business a million years ago. Because at first, it was kind of fun. Hotels with clean sheets on a bed everyday that I didn’t have to make up. Meals delivered to my door that I didn’t have to cook.
But after a few of them, it just didn’t seem so much fun anymore. Getting from here to there just became too much of a hassle. That’s why I hope this will be different from many of the other business travel articles in that it gives you practical advice that will be real help to you. Some can help save you money. Others will help save you time. Still others will save you stress (these are my favorites!).
1. Don’t check your bags at the airport.
Seriously. Just don’t do it. What’s going to happen if you show up at your destination, but your bags don’t? How are you going to make that all-important presentation in your jeans and t-shirt? Pack lightly and use the kind of luggage that has wheels.
And while we’re on the subject of bags, consider keeping one packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. I read about this tip years ago in one of those business travel articles. I started keeping small bag with cosmetics, toiletries, and a change of clothing in my car so that whether I have to jump in the car and go somewhere, or head to the airport, I’m ready at a moment’s notice.
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2. Stay healthy.
When you’re traveling, it’s easy to get run down, tired, and sick. So it’s important that you continue to eat right and exercise to keep your health quotient up and your stress level down.
Stay in hotels that have a pool and/or gym. If that’s not possible, consider going for a run or a walk in the morning or at night (instead of renting the in-room movie!)
Additionally, be cognizant of what you’re putting in your mouth. Business travel is no excuse to indulge or get off your regular routine. Don’t overeat and avoid foods that you wouldn’t normally eat. (Trust me, late-night room service desserts can be killer!) Consider carrying your own healthy, portable snacks for those times when the late-night munchies hit you.
One more thing… wash your hands often. In a strange town, surrounded by strangers and strange germs. – it’s no wonder so many people wind up getting sick when they travel. You might also consider carrying alcohol wipes or hand sanitizer in your briefcase or purse.
And while you’re at it, be sure carry a small bag with over-the-counter medications with you so you don’t have to run out to get some if you should fall ill while you’re traveling. Include pain reliever/fever reducer, antacid, vitamins, and any other OTC drugs you use often like sinus tabs, etc.
3. Bypass big airports and hubs.
I have traveled through some of the largest airports in the world, and there is absolutely nothing cool or glamorous about it. Oh sure, they have lots of flight choices, and cool restaurants and stores – but if you’ve seen Chili’s, you’ve seen them all. Big airports have lots of congestion… people and planes. Check-in and security lines are a nightmare.
Instead, book the smaller or regional airports whenever you can. For instance, fly into or out of Newark instead of JFK. You may (or may not) have to drive a little further, but you will save so much time and brain damage.