Travelling for work is a constant stream of learning how to deal with the headaches, but these ten hacks will put you ahead of the rest.
Ask any business traveller who has been in this line of work for a while and they’ll tell you it can be a bit of a headache. They will also say that they are constantly looking for hacks that will make their life away from home easier. If you’re new to travelling for work or simply want more hints and tips on how to make it as efficient, comfortable and headache-free as possible, read on.
- Being separated from your luggage… permanently
Checking in your luggage and not finding it on the carousel at the other end of your journey is a huge bugbear for many business travellers and the reason why most refuse to put anything in the hold. Get yourself a good carry-on case and learn to fit everything you need in it.
- Eating, sleeping and working in the same place
Most hotel rooms consist of, well a room, and that simply isn’t practical for catering to all of your needs. Do yourself a favour and book a serviced apartment, so you can eat your meals at a table and sleep in a different room to where you’re working.
- Getting a rubbish seat on a plane
Determine exactly how much legroom you’ll have in advance and bag the best seat on a flight by doing your research first. Websites such as seatguru.com exist to advise you on these decisions and can be the difference between a comfortable, productive journey and cramped conditions.
- Not knowing where to eat in your destination
You know the drill. You arrive in your destination late and have no idea what’s around. Even more annoyingly, you’ve got an early meeting the next day and aren’t even sure if anywhere will be open for a coffee beforehand. It’s always worth doing a bit of research beforehand to avoid this situation. If you’re travelling to London, then check out the posts on this blog for the lowdown on all the places you can target.
- Being late for a meeting
Unfamiliar places can make the process of getting from A to B so much more complicated than necessary, risking you being late for vital meetings. Minimise the possibility of this by installing helpful apps on your phone in advance. Citymapper is a great option for London and other cities, as it combines all of the modes of transport you need into step-by-step instructions, giving you an overall time for the journey.
- Running out of phone battery
While minimising the amount of stuff you pack is a priority on business trips, be sure to bring a portable battery charger. They now come in such small, compact sizes that they hardly take up much room and can charge your phone or another device several times before they need plugging in themselves. You really can’t afford to travel without one.
- Not finding enough sockets
After a long day of travelling and ahead of an important presentation the following day, business travellers often have many devices to charge. It can sometimes be the case that hotels don’t have enough sockets and those they do have are in strange places. That’s not the situation at SACO serviced apartments, where these features are plentiful and often fitted with integrated USB ports.
- Having to put all your liquids into a plastic bag to pass airport security
Air travel invariably means following the instructions set out by security without question, but there is a part of the process that has more wiggle room than you may reason. Liquids must be put into a clear plastic container and be under 100 millilitres each, but it doesn’t have to be a flimsy bag. If you travel a lot for work, it’s worth investing in a clear plastic washbag measuring 20 centimetres by 20 centimetres.
- Being too hot or cold throughout the day
A work wardrobe is important for any business traveller, but think carefully about what it consists of. We recommend layers that are interchangeable throughout your trip, but also during the day. This is because you are likely to find yourself in various locations with differing temperatures, from outside to the Tube, a client’s office and even a restaurant or bar in the evening. Smart layers that can be removed or added are the key to success.
- Losing important business cards
Most business travellers carry a holder around packed with their cards that can be dished out to any potential contact, but they often have limited space. The issue then is what to do with the cards you receive in return, as these can be vital for following up with an important figure. Always bring a spare wallet or even a ziplock bag to put these in, so they can’t go astray.