A business trip in itself can be stressful. A work trip, especially one that comes up on short notice, means canceling your weekend plans with the family, getting on a plane in the middle of the night in order to make it to the meeting the following day, and getting however much sleep you can during the flight. To top it all off, you don't have a lot of time to cram everything you need into suitcase before you have to rush to the airport.
Okay, so not all your business trips are like the scenario above, but you get the picture. The thing is; you don’t have to get stressed out every time you need to travel for business. There are things you can do to make sure you're comfortable enough on your trip while being able to accomplish all your business objectives at the same time. For example, you can start by having an organised system for packing your things for the trip. Below are a few tips to keep in mind to make packing easier and your business travel more enjoyable.
1. Pack light.
If your business trip is only going to be an overnight or weekend trip, there's no reason for you to bring a bulky suitcase that you have to carry into the plane with you because you don’t want to check in your luggage. If you don’t want to waste time at the baggage claim area, bring a small suitcase you can easily slip into the overhead compartment in the plane.
2. Check in your heavy luggage.
The number one reason business travelers are hesitant to check in their luggage is that they fear they'll end up wasting so much time at the baggage claim counter once the plane lands. If you do need to bring a large suitcase that you can't take with you on the plane as a carry-on, just check it in. It'll be much more convenient for you. Just try to schedule your flight so you have plenty of time between connecting flights and when you need to meet with your business contacts.
3. Bring a small bag of essentials.
In case your luggage gets lost, and you don’t have time to wait around for it at the baggage claim counter, it's good to have a small bag of essentials with you so you can proceed to your business appointments. This way you can simply wait for your luggage to be sent to your hotel. A change of clothes, medications, and travel-size toiletries are all you need in this bag.
4. Wear flexible clothes.
You can lessen the bulk of your luggage by wearing basic pieces you can often use during your business trip, like a suit or a jacket. If it's going to be cold where you're headed, bring a coat. If it's too warm to wear the coat on the plane, you can use it as a pillow.
Keep these tips in mind and you'll be able to pack for your business trip efficiently without worrying about all the things you should have brought but forgot. Instead, you can spend your time on the plane concentrating on the business matters at hand or relaxing your mind and body in preparation for your business activities.
Written by Ross Fastuca @ Locomote