This post is a bit off the beaten path as compared to what I would normally post on this blog, but recently one of my colleagues new to the consulting field asked me to put a travel list together. So, by request, here are a few tips I have as related to business travel:
The Packing List
Over the years I’ve collected a few “premium” items that I wish I had purchased from day one, instead of going cheap (or not having at all). These items make travel a little more enjoyable (especially if you travel frequently).
- Headphones – Noise canceling. Never looked back.
- Leather Toiletry bag – I duplicate my normal toiletry set in a ready-to-go travel set.
- Duffel bag – Great for quick trips or secondary luggage for long trips.
- Light-weight travel pack – Great for quick trips and hiking on the weekend.
- Travel chargers – I have a phone charger that never leaves my luggage.
- Universal plug-in converter – essential for international travelers.
- Luggage Strap – essential if you check your bags.
- Shaving kit – Razor and trimmers (if you keep a beard, like I do).
- Travelogue – If you travel a lot, write stuff down. It’s a fun way to reflect.
- Camera – Go for a style that fits your needs. I have a high-end point-and-shoot. For others, their smartphone is enough.
- A Good Book – 15 hours on an airplane to China requires reading material.
- Google Translate App – This App can be used offline if no internet is available.
Other Tricks of the Trade
- Make a copy of your passport and driver’s license. Store this somewhere secure in the cloud. If your ID is stolen while abroad it may come in handy.
- Take a photo of your parking zone at the airport. Never lose your car again.
- In the hotel, store items on your pillow if you’re afraid you might forget it (like your mobile phone charger).
- Use google talk to video chat (for free, even international).
- Run outside rather than using the treadmill. It’s a great way to see the city.
- Prior to travel read up on your city. Checkout wiki travel, trip advisor, or lonely planet.
- If you are traveling to the third world for the first time arrange travel from the airport with your hotel.
- Ask for upgrades at your hotel when the staff aren’t busy. They usually say yes.
- Hotels have free passes to a local gym if you prefer it over the Hotel’s facility.