Every day millions of hours are spent travelling for business around the world. Here are my top business travel hacks to make your next work trip even simpler and stress-free.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME/THE OFFICE
1. Booking flights
Did you know that there’s a difference between a ‘direct’ and ‘nonstop’ flight? A ‘direct’ flight sounds great but could still stop – it just means you will have to sit on the plane rather than change planes. Opt for ‘nonstop’ rather than a ‘direct’ if you can.
2. Check departures
Delays are bound to happen so do take time out to check for delays before you leave – there’s no point being at the airport longer than needed. But, remember things change so don’t cut it too fine!
If you do lots of back-to-back business travel, save time by keeping a partially packed suitcase. Replenish toiletries and essentials such as underwear and sleepwear as soon as you return. Then, next time you have to pack, you’ve only got to add some business clothes and you’re ready to go.
4. Cabin luggage
We all know that taking cabin luggage only means a faster exit on arrival. However, if you’re late boarding you may find that the overhead bins are full, forcing you to check in your baggage. Instead of taking a standard cabin-sized, rigid suitcase and laptop case, take two more equally-sized bags (check with your airline first).
One should be the maximum size that you could, if necessary, fit under the seat in front. The other should be a non-rigid canvas bag which can be slotted into any odd space in-between the big suitcases in the overhead bins.
5. Where to stay?
The last thing you need if you’re preparing for a big meeting and have those all-important last minute tweaks to make to a presentation is to be without WiFi, or stuck in a hotel with a load of partying students when you’re trying to catch-up on your sleep after a night flight. Book the right stay in advance, and make sure it’s tailored to your business needs.
6. Recharging and plugs
Almost all devices can be charged via USB. So don’t haul around lots of individual plugs and cables when a couple of connection cables to your laptop or a USB adapter will do. Similarly, a multi-country adapter plug is much better than multiple plugs for different countries.
Read more travel hacks on page two!