3 Tips Travelling for Work
If travel is part of your work, you know it’s not all luxurious flights and hotels. It’s mostly seeing your suitcase in its designated place in the hotel room, which will all start blending into each other at one point. It’s having to cram all your necessities in your bag and wondering if you need to check-in your bag or can get away with it as a carry-on.
It’s having to rely on hotel room service if you don’t manage to get reservations or are just too tired to have to dress up to get a meal. It’s having to think about having your tech with you and fully charged. It’s missing your loved ones and your own bed! There is plenty not to like about having to travel for work, but there are ways to make things easier. Here are a few top tips.
The Luggage Mothership
When thinking about luggage, think mobility and practicality. Make sure to pack a daypack which folds down neatly. It’s a great way to keep your essentials on you without having to carry the more sizeable suitcase, which can stay back at the hotel. Think of your larger suitcase as the mothership from which smaller, mission-critical, vessels will emerge and return to.
If you have dress shoes you need on you, you might want to invest in shoe bags that will protect your shoes. In the same fashion, you can have a bag for your toiletries which will pack your essentials. It also makes a perfect grab-and-go bag when you need to leave at a moment’s notice.
Control Your Comms
If you are traveling for more extended periods and don’t have anyone at home who can check and/or forward mail, you can opt for a virtual local mailing address that will help you to access & view your mail online. It’s a great way to make sure you are on top of things. Sorting out your physical communication lines would also include making sure phone calls are being transferred and/or voicemails are being checked.
Also, making sure all your online comms are sorted will mean you will need some backup internet connectivity when you can rely on local/hotel WIFI. Having a good mobile plan that allows tethering or having a MIFI device can get you out of a jam when the specific hotel room you have has poor WIFI reception.
And when you’re traveling a lot, the food will get to you at one point. Most options you will have are a simple sandwich, a complete dinner, or an unhealthy fast snack. Not much of a good diet. It might sound like something else to pack, but making sure you have some lunch containers, even if its some Tupperware, on you will go a long way. If your room has a small fridge, you can make some decent salads or sandwiches that will be a great deal better (and cheaper) than the quick options you have around. Traveling can be taxing enough as it is, it might be best to let your body and stomach off the hook.