Please note: This blog entry was written and submitted by a guest blogger, Morgan Taylor.
Traveling for business can be incredible but also tough. Long layovers, lots of packing, and the chaos of airports can all throw a wrench in your routine and make you feel unsettled. But keeping your head up and maintaining a positive outlook is the first step to reducing travel stress. Frequent business travelers employ lots of tips and tricks to get the most out of their jet-setting work life, and we’ve collected the best strategies for a successful business trip below.
- Pack Light
If you can, only use carry-on bags . This will keep all your essentials on-hand at all times and save you from lugging heavy baggage around a foreign city or dealing with lost luggage counters. And when you only bring carry-ons, you can check-in for your flight online and bypass long check-in lines at the airport. Try bringing clothes you can mix and match with one another to extend their utility.
- Join Rewards Programs
When you join a loyalty or rewards program, you can gain access to early boarding on flights, first-class airline lounges, priority hotel rooms, and all-around better service when traveling. So, if you’re a frequent flyer, get the most out of your travel expenses – airlines, hotel chains, and rental car companies all offer rewards programs that can help put money (and other perks) back in your pocket. Staying loyal to certain businesses often means being treated like royalty.
- Charge Electronics Before You Go
By making sure your smartphone, laptop and tablet all have plenty of juice before you get to the airport, you won’t have to stress about finding a free outlet at your gate. You’ll be able to pass the time before your flight productively without having to worry about running out of battery life.
- Have A Sleep Plan
Air travel is exhausting and sleeping on planes can be incredibly difficult for some. Between chatty neighbors, jolting turbulence, and crying toddlers, it can seem next to impossible to get some decent shut-eye while in the air. But luckily, there are plenty of strategies one can utilize to take a nap on a plane – finding the right one for you is often just a question of trial and error.
Neck pillows and eye masks are obvious choices, but you may also want to cut down on the in-flight TV before trying to doze off, as the blue light it emits makes sleep scientifically more difficult. You may want to bring a blanket on board as well, along with any sleep aids you’ve found successful. Most of all, try to skip the caffeine and stick as closely as possible to your normal nightly routine. You’ll be out before you know it!
Thank you Morgan for the helpful advice and travel tips!
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