1. Always Have Your Toiletries Ready
Make it a habit of keeping all your travel toiletries ready (in a clear bag) ready for the next trip. Doing so will help reduce your packing time significantly, and especially if the trip was unplanned. Be sure to keep a bag of liquids (TSA-approved) close-by too.
2. Bring A Backup Battery (Power bank)
In the fast-paced world, it is easy to forget the smallest yet most essential things. You thus need to pack up a spare charged-up battery, or better still, a power bank, just in case your phone runs out of juice. You’ll need the extra power to answer urgent emails and make last-minute calls. You don’t want your phone dying on you, do you?
3. Have An Exit Plan
Planning for future trips makes it easier to manage potential outcomes. You can do this by choosing your preferred seat on the plane. You thus will never have to worry about booking or catching the next flight.
4. Check With Your Flight In Advance
There are times when a flight will be delayed or canceled for one reason or the other. This can be frustrating, especially if meeting with an important client. Checking your flight status in advance (before leaving your home/office) can save you lots of time, especially if your flight is delayed. This also gives you plenty of time to alert/update your client.
5. Signup For Airline’s Reward Programs
Airline reward points are there for a reason. You get to collect (earn) points whenever you use the airline and points that can be redeemed for a number of perks. Thus, it wouldn’t hurt to take advantage of these reward programs, especially with the number of business trips you make. Just remember to enter your VIPorter number each time you check-in or book your flight.
6. Consider Signing Up For Global Entry/Nexus
It is everyone’s dream to be able to get in and out without having to queue up at the security and customs lines in American and Canadian airports. You can do that with Global Entry/Nexus government programs, all at a small fee.
7. Have A Go-Bag Ready
As a frequent traveler, there are times when you will forget the essential necessities required for the trip. Having the go-bag already semi-packed with your underwear, socks, approved liquids, toothbrush, over-the-counter medication, and even gym clothes will make your travels stress-free. Ensure you pack in style, take a look at this luggage sale.
8. Technology Is Your Friend
Travels today are a lot easier and more manageable, thanks to technology. There’s a wide range of travel apps that you can use to stay organized while traveling abroad for business and leisure. TripIt is an excellent example of such apps. The app makes it easy to send confirmation emails for your check-in time, dinner reservations, and flight itinerary, among others. The Expensify app is a handy tool that can use used for capturing expenses and scanning receipts, all with one screenshot. Expensify can also be used to monitor/track your mileage.
Apple Wallet (by Apple) is a handy tool that can store your VIPorter membership, credit card information, and boarding pass, all in one place. These apps are designed to make your life simpler and easier while traveling; make use of them.
Travelling For Business Or Leisure?
Bleisure (business and leisure) is slowly becoming a trend with business travelers today. Most businessmen and women take a vacation a day or two before or after their business trip. Some will even bring their spouses or children with them during the trip. Combining business and pleasure is proving quite fruitful, and has been linked to improved productivity and reduced stress.