Business travel, whilst at first, might sound exotic and exciting – can actually be quite draining on your energy reserves.
Below are principles to follow that will ensure that you still stay fresh and professional once you get to your destination.
- Pack light and smart
- Plan your clothing so that suits and shirts and be inter-changed.
- Pack a neutral colour shoe that is both comfortable and professional.
- Choose clothing that requires less ironing.
- Include your comfortable T-Shirt and pants or tracks for relaxing.
- If you exercise, take the minimum amount of exercise gear.
- If you travel often, have duplicate cosmetic items that are easier to carry.
- Plan for delays and keep busy
- If possible, try not to check in luggage when traveling. Airport delays and transfers are inevitable.
- Having something to work on during delays will save you time later (Laptop, reading material)
- Travel with at least one granola bar or emergency snack and water. (If you are less hungry during delays, you should be less irritated.)
- Buffer in some time for delays within your schedule and have the telephone numbers of key contacts pre-loaded onto your cell-phone, in case you need to alert them.
- Travel safe
- Be certain that your last appointment knows your departure schedule. This makes it easier to cut-off the meeting should it go over the time limit.
- Make sure that at least two people from your office and family have your travel itinerary, that includes the contact numbers of travel company; accommodation and flight details.
- Keep an emergency first aid kit with you, especially if you are diabetic or require certain medication.
- Place an identification sticker on all your belongings. Similar bags can easily be misplaced or lost.
- Enhance your professional image while traveling
- Never dress shabbily for a flight, you might be seated next to a potential client or business colleague.
- Avoid swinging your bag or carrying bulky shoulder luggage as you walk down the aisle. Clipping the body or head of a fellow passenger, though unintentional, is rude!
- Invest in luggage; business brief case; pens that enhance your professional status.
- Use the opportunity of travel to think creatively!
- Travel is an effective divergence – away from comfortable environment, creativity and new ideas abound.
- As you are surrounded by different people cultures and environment, you might gain some new insights and ideas.
- Take a notepad along and record your ideas to implement when back in your office.
- Travel is both fun AND draining so conserve your energy:
- Try not to over-schedule appointments.
- Set aside breaks for lunch and snacks.
- Allow for over-runs of meetings and travel time.
- Watch what you eat and drink! Keep a bottle of water on hand!
Business travel is an opportunity to meet new people; share business ideas and provide a business service, whilst at the same time being exposed to a new city.
Use the insights within this article to make light of your business travel, whilst still maintaining your level of professionalism.