For many a business trip can seem overwhelming, planning for meetings, presentations, the constraints of time, not to mention following strict airline guidelines and packing your luggage. Ease your stress and maximize your time by following these helpful tips to make your trip as efficient and enjoyable as possible.
1. Keep Essentials Packed at All Times
If you are a regular traveller, avoid forgetting your essential items such as certain toiletries and charging cables for electronics by keeping them in your travel bag at all times. You may need to replace these every few months or so, but the less you have to worry about before your business trip the better.
2. Avoid Checking in Your Bag
Take advantage of the carry-on-bag allowances instead of paying to check in luggage. Packing for that smaller size also allows you to just focus on the necessities rather then bringing a range of options. Be sure to use a check -point friendly bag, check the size and dimensions with the airline. Go one step further for ease of travel and comfort and get a case that has a hook that holds your briefcase. Be aware of airline guidelines and different countries requirements for example America TSA approved locks (those that are Transport Security Administration has the tools to open) or a TSA-approved padlock or luggage strap.
3. What to do if your Baggage goes Missing
It is important to note that the majority of luggage that goes missing is found within 48 hours. If your luggage is missing regardless of whether you are told it is on the next flight or not you must fill out a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) before you leave the airport. Find out how much the airline will compensate you for the immediate supplies. Research your chosen airline’s policy on your rights when luggage is delayed. Some airlines will hand out cash; others will offer a refund for purchases so make sure to hang on to receipts.
4. Always Bring Backups
Have a high-resolution scan of your passport, driver’s license, credit cards and visa on the SD card of your smartphone or on your computer HD. This will prove to be a lifesaver if any of these go missing.
5. Reduce Your Baggage!
At least once every three months go through your briefcase, be ruthless, if you haven’t used an item in the last two trips you’ve been on, leave it behind or throw it away. This is a good practice to get into and will pretend you bringing the unnecessary.