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Most people today aren’t strangers to work-related travels. While some travel more frequently than others, it’s becoming a trend to include travels to the benefits of a position. Most people love these benefits, while some find it hard and exhausting. Whichever the case, traveling for work can be overwhelming sometimes, especially for those who aren’t used to this lifestyle. For this reason, here are some tips that could help newcomers embrace this new trend.
Invest in Good Luggage
The moment you find out you’ll be traveling frequently, the first thing you should do is buy a sturdy, reliable, high-quality travel bag. In the long run, it’s better to spend more money one time, than having to buy new luggage every few months. Having one perfect bag you can use for years is a blessing in disguise, and you’ll thank yourself for this purchase.
Buy Some Useful Accessories
While there aren’t necessities, they can make your life easier. Top trending travel accessories include:
- A small digital scale for your luggage
- A tiny travel steam iron
- A small, easy to maneuver suitcase (or “smart case”)
- Portable Wi-Fi hotspot & power bank
These are just some accessories that travelers are loving in 2021. And while you can travel without them, those who find themselves on a plane weekly can definitely use these handy gadgets. Some people also add items that make work more fun, like fidget toys, travel-size board games, etc.
Use Only Carry-On Bags
If you’re usually traveling for short amounts of time, it’s practical to only take bags that are considered as carry-on. These bags can easily hold your clothes, electronics, and toiletries for 1-2 days. It’s cheaper, easier and lighter. It’s also easier to keep in mind where everything is. What more can you ask for?
Keep Extra Essentials
More experienced travelers think ahead. This is why a lot of people recommend keeping extra items that you simply never take out of your travel bag. These essentials are:
- Office supplies
- Power banks
- Business cards
Simply throw in your clothes, wallet, phone, and laptop, and you’re ready to go! Any item can be “duplicated” to keep in your bag at all times, but these are some of the essentials.
Say No to Packing Anxiety
Another mantra some people have – especially those who have packing anxiety -, is to only triple check the absolute essentials. Because at the end of the day, if you leave your toothbrush, shirt, or power bank at home, you can always buy a new one, or just go a day without it. The important thing is to have your documents, money, and electronics. If all else fails, you can still purchase items, or call for help. That feeling of leaving something home will be gone in no time.
Use Plastic Garment Bags
If you don’t have a tiny travel steam iron, you’re going to have to do everything in your power to keep your clothes from wrinkling. And the number one thing you can do is use plastic garment bags. Another thing that can help with this problem is using a suitcase rather than a travel bag. This means you’ll only have to fold dress shirts once in the middle, and you can pack below and on top of them to keep them in place for the journey.
Being able to sleep or at least rest on a flight is very important. It can make or break your day, and if your future plans include a lot of travel, you’re going to have to get used to sleeping on the go. In order to feel comfortable on vehicles, it’s best to start by investing in some items that help and promote rest. A pillow, headphones, eye masks, a lightweight blanket; could all help you get your well-deserved rest anywhere, anytime. A good night of sleep should be your top priority, so packing these is much more important than another pair of shoes.
Join Programs to Ease Expenses
Most airlines have programs with which you can earn points or miles while traveling. A lot of credit card companies offer bundles that have no foreign transaction fees. There are a number of benefits that you can apply for, that can ease your expenses, or earn you money or more benefits in the future! Don’t wait for your employer, or other companies to look you up with offers, stay ahead of the curve and look into it!
Invest in an Airport Lounge Membership
No one likes sitting in the waiting room for hours on end, especially those who have work to do. And if you already spend a lot of your valuable time in your local airport, why not make the best of it by investing in an airport lounge membership? Most airlines provide exclusive lounges with better food, outlets, and quiet spaces to work. And all of this for a reasonable price. Most businessmen take advantage of this opportunity, after years of wasting away in crowded waiting rooms, and it’s 100% worth it.
Print Important Information
There’s nothing worse than waiting for the person before us to look for their documents. The only thing worse is when we’re in their shoes, looking for that screenshot, email, or realizing our phone died while scrolling in the queue. One way to prevent this from happening is printing all important information, confirmation emails and numbers, and reservations and keeping them in our bags. For maximum coverage, you can print duplicates to put in other bags as well. While it’s considered an old-school approach, it still does the trick.
Overall, traveling full-time, while exhausting, can be tolerable in the long run. If you eliminate the hassles and learn a couple of tips for maintaining your sanity, you can actually grow to love this lifestyle! And because more and more people are traveling for business daily, a lot of programs and memberships have emerged with the sole purpose of making their lives easier!