Did you know that most large corporations and companies either employ their own travel agent OR outsource the task? Keeping track of individual and team travel, especially when it occurs often, can be an arduous task. I LOVE helping business travelers, honeymooners, and families. Actually, come to think of it, I love sharing my love of travel with just about anyone. Haha.
Since I spend most of my time writing about non-business travel, I thought this week we should mix it up and talk about things that make traveling for business a little easier.
Always carry on! You save a ton of time and money by not checking bags. And if they run out of room aboard, they'll check it for free. Side note- if you need suggestions on that, check my luggage post here.
Have a ready to go bag of toiletries. Getting stuck in security because of your liquids is NO fun. Remember- ALL liquids, creams, and aerosols limited to 3 oz in a single one-quart size bag. Having a travel specific face wash, lotion, shaving cream/gel/oil and toothpaste packed. If your trip is less than 4 days, just use the hotel shampoo and conditioner!
Have a small first aid kit in your regular travel bag (and yes, you should have a designated business travel bag). This kit should include bandages & moleskin (because all that airport walking can be a serious blister inducer), pain reliever, tweezers and alcohol swabs.
Have a business ready wardrobe. For the ladies, this means a couple of skirts and pants, maybe some wrap around dresses. 1-2 pairs of shoes- these are amazing! And versatile tops (think camis, tanks, and blouses that go with all of your bottom pieces). For men, 1 pair of shoes, 1-2 suites and several dress shirts and ties. I
Sign up for ALL of the rewards programs! Now, I'll be the first to say that rewards programs aren't always beneficial for travel agents. BUT, they are helpful for travelers. So I can't ignore their existence! If you travel for business, there are countless rewards programs out there. And although you may not actually be able to cash those rewards in (depending on company policies), they CAN help your experience. From upgrades to freebies, and speed of check-in, being part of a rewards program can save you a ton of time and money. They all store your payment information, which makes check-out a breeze. Rental car companies usually offer preferred programs that allow you to pick your own vehicle and check-out quickly. Hotel programs will provide you with complimentary upgrades (wi-fi, room type) as well as welcome gifts. And airlines will offer you preferred boarding and first class (when you're really lucky) upgrades.
ALWAYS have a good book or activity with you. Delays are inevitable. Use the time to catch-up!If you are already a PRO business traveler, what are YOUR tips and tricks? I would love to hear them! And if you're just getting started, well, I hope this has been helpful for you! Although it can be exhausting and fast paced, it is an experience that so many wish for. Business travel is a great way to see the world. My last tip? If you can, try to give yourself some shoulder time to do something YOU want to do in each destination. You'll thank yourself for the downtime AND you will gain a better understanding of the locals and destination.