Tips for Business Travel

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:

Photo from Ireland in 2013.

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.

3 thoughts on “Tips for Business Travel

  • This is a security blog – so I’m not sure if this is the smartest, but I will share anyways.

    One person told me a good idea is to make a copy of everything in your wallet (passport, Driver’s License, and Credit Cards). Also make a copy of these (in PDF) and email your self so you have access to them in the event your original copy is not available.

    • Please don’t do this. If your email account is ever compromised you will be in trouble. If you do store anything in email make sure you at least password protect the document itself.

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