When it comes to travel, you’re always worried you’ll forget something at home or make a mistake with your booking. At least when it comes to your hotel plans, we’ve got you covered. So when you’re planning your next on-site client meeting or annual conference, you’ll want to make sure you’re all set.
Check out our top business travel hacks to keep you organized and on-track:
1 – Extra Phone Charger
Ok, this one’s kind of obvious, but you know what they say about assumptions. The last thing any business traveller wants is to have low battery or – dare we even say it? – no power. Bring another charger & keep at least one of them in your briefcase or purse.
Travelling internationally? Make sure you’ve got some converters so you can stay connected, uninterrupted.
2 – Back It Up, Baby!
Have you ever watched someone’s presentation on stage and the screen suddenly goes dark? Do you live in fear that you’ll misplace contracts or strategic plans or forget them in your hotel room? Awkward…
So backup everything: presentations, audio & video files, client & staff contact details, medical info, emergency contacts, whatever you’ve got. Use cloud storage or just stick a USB thumb drive in your pocket.
3 – Play it safe
We can’t say this one enough. It happens far too often that a client cancels at the last minute, or an important meeting has to be rescheduled. Hey, it happens; we get it & you can’t control that. But what you can do is stay a step ahead of the game. Before travelling, make sure that you have a ‘no cancellation fee’ deal; that way, if the unexpected happens and you need to cancel, you’re covered. An extra few minutes now can save a lot of stress later.
4 – Pack Smarter
Pack light, just for what you think you’ll need. You don’t have to bring everything to survive a nuclear apocalypse, just enough for your actual time away. Use versatile outfits. Pack 1 black set of trousers or a pencil skirt and a few shirts or tops that go together. It’s a lot easier to mix & match vs. bringing half your closet.
5 – Bring a Pen
Even in the Information Age, this little device is a sure-fire way to stay organized. Have you ever exchanged business cards with someone, only to completely forget who they were later? Have a pen with you & jot down notes on business cards. You’ll easily be able to follow-up with new connections days later.