Travelling on business is something which many people have to do on a day to day basis. This can vary from a simple car journey to trains trips a few miles away up to internal flights as well as flying to a completely different country. However there are a few things that you can do in order to make your trip that bit easier and perhaps more enjoyable.
Business can be a very stressful thing so the last thing that you need is a trip which does not go to plan and adds more stress onto your shoulders. So the first thing you should do especially with the longer trips is to ensure that you pre-book in advance and if you have any connections to make then ensure you give yourself enough time to make them.
It can be extremely annoying if your first part of the journey is late and it has a knock on effect leaving you stranded in another part of the world. By making your connections too tight you can destroy your entire trip and of course miss out on the business deals themselves.
If you are booking flights online then you should print confirmation of your booking and do not just leave it to the online system to inform the company by itself. Technology may indeed be great but it does have the habit of breaking down and if you have not printed off your confirmation you may end up having no proof that you are meant to be on that flight.
If you have an item such as a laptop then keep it with you on your journey. Do not put it in luggage which has to go in the hold of an aircraft as the baggage handlers are not very well known for their careful handling skills. You may get a nasty surprise at the other end which could turn out very costly. However you should also check an airline for its guidelines on what is allowed to be carried on as hand luggage. They may have restrictions on certain electrical equipment so ensure you know and understand these before travelling.
If you are having to stay in a hotel then it is a good idea to take your own Ethernet cable with you. While most hotels supply you with the ability to plug in your laptop you may discover that the cables have either gone missing or indeed have been broken by a previous guest and has not been replaced. By simply carrying your own cable you know you can still carry on with work whilst in your room.
It can be beneficial for you to keep a large wallet or purse just for receipts. As you are probably going to claim money back on expenses you can easily keep them all together in the one place making it easier for you to calculate what is owed to you at the end of the trip. It does of course not cost very much in buying a new wallet just for this purpose.
So these are intended as just a few simple ideas to keep in mind when you are travelling on business. They are meant more for trips that are a bit further away from base if your trip means you are returning home that same day then less planning may be involved.