If your job requires you to travel a lot and because of all the presentations and meetings you’ll have to prepare for, you won’t have enough time to think about all the little details of your business trip, I would like to share with you a few pretty useful tips for efficient business travel that I hope you will find really helpful. You will be able to enjoy your trip to the fullest; despite of all you might think could get in your way, with the help of these little tricks for efficient business travel that really do work. So, here is what you should know:
1. Electrical Plug Adapters
In my opinion, one of the most useful tips for efficient business travel I could give you is to tell you to never ever forget bringing this little item with you. Always take appropriate plug adapters! I’m sure you wouldn’t want to live the horror of realizing that you’ve brought the wrong plug adapter and you have no more battery left on your laptop or on your cell phone. You could visit sites like countryplug.com which will show you what kind of plug converter you should take with you on your trips.
2. Organize Your Luggage
Before you leave home, you should try to organize your luggage as best as you can. Try to store each of your items in designated locations so you’ll be able to find them much faster when you’ll need them and I’m talking especially about cables, plug adapters or other gadgets. You could also make a list with everything you have to bring with you on your trip and this way, you’ll make sure you won’t forget anything.
3. Use USB Ports
In order to save some space in your luggage, you could try to recharge your gadgets (phone, PDA, Ipod or anything else you might bring with you) using USB ports. Now days pretty much all these gadgets have a USB connection cable through which they can also be recharged. This way, you’ll have more room in your luggage to bring other things you may need more than a bunch of cables that can be replaced by a single one.
4. Avoid the Bedbugs
If you are usually allergic to a lot of things, you should definitely try to avoid the places that might have bedbugs. You wouldn’t want to ruin your business trip by not get enough sleep at night and by feeling sick. You could visit this wonderful site bedbugregistry.com where you will find a list of all the hotels in the U.S. with bedbug reports. I heard that you’ll be quite surprised by the names on that list.
5. Check Your Flight and Airport Status
I didn’t know about this until I did my research for this article, but I think this is one of the most helpful tricks you can use every time you travel, whether it’s for business or for pleasure. You can check your flight and airport status from a mobile phone or iPad with Internet access because Google and Yahoo! will keep you updated. “For Yahoo!, visit m.yahoo.com and type in your airline and flight number, or send a text message to 92466 (which spells Yahoo) with your airline and flight number. You’ll receive a text message back with the flight status. For Google, send a text message to 466453 (which spells Google) to receive a status message back.” It actually is that easy!
6. Eat and Sleep Right!
Remember to always get enough sleep and eat right whenever you’re going on a business trip, so you’ll have enough energy to take care of your tasks and also, enjoy that place you are visiting. It will also make travel more bearable and you won’t feel so exhausted when you return. Try to stay away from alcohol and heavy or processed foods, so you’ll be able to feel amazing and also finish all your work without too much effort.
7. Longer-Term Hotel Rates
If your job requires you to visit a city more frequent or to spend a couple of weeks or even months there, (for example if you’re working on a long-term project), you should look into longer-term hotel rates because most hotels will offer discounts for extended stays. With the money you’ll save, you’ll be able to go home for the weekends more often. Also, you won’t have to keep packing and repacking for every trip, because you’ll be able to leave all your stuff at the hotel.
So, these are the tips which I thought are the most useful for efficient business travel. I’m sure there are many more I forgot to mention though. Could you give me a hand and tell me what other things should you consider the next time you go on a business trip? I would be more than grateful if you would share your advice with us.