HR & Management

Downtime and exercise: top of business travellers' minds

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05 August 2011

What are your essential non-business related travel items? It may be obvious, but a good book comes top of the list. What else can you not live without?

When Regus, the workspace provider, asked its clientele about which non-business items they usually take on business trips, the number one pick was an obvious choice: a good book.

But what came next? Unpredictably, swimming trunks and a photograph of the wife n’ kids were business owners’ second and third choices.

It seems travellers are worried about their sleep too, as earplugs also feature as a must-have in business travellers’ luggage.

 What else made the cut?

  1. A good book
  2. Swimming trunks / sports kit
  3. A family photograph
  4. Insurance documents
  5. Computer games
  6. Earplugs
  7. A gift for hosts

The survey also unveiled some more unusual items, including staple foods (such as HP Sauce!), pets, a Teddy, a vase and cleaning materials.

“The weird and wonderful things people were found to take on business trips, from fitness equipment to favorite foods and objects, often reveal how personal and professional lives struggle to co-exist in today’s high pressured work environment,” says Regus’s Celia Donne.

“Evidently the line between business and pleasure is blurring with more people feeling they need to take a bit of home away with them. This may well be because people are working more and more where and when they want to, so they like to have something with them that adds the personal touch wherever they are.”

What non-business essentials do you always pack on your business trips?

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