Ten tips for efficient business travel

Preparation for a business travel seems like a project of its own, minimizing your workload with less hassle of jet-setting and maximizing your business potentials and comfort of your trip to the fullest.

Keep essentials packed at all times

If you are on the go often, avoid forgetting crucial items such as toiletries and charging cables for electronics by keeping them in your travel bag at all times. You may have to replenish some of these items every couple of trips, but it would be better if you can ease worry about preparation.

Bring versatile clothing and disposal items

You cannot bring the whole closet, so it is recommended to bring pieces of clothing that go with everything and that you can layer, like cardigan sweaters, T-shirt, or scarfs which work as a blanket on the airplane, a sarong, a beach blanket, or an additional pop of colour to your wardrobe. Leisure clothing should be kept in mind if you don’t want to spend your entire trip in a full suit or dress.

On the other hand, disposal things like old T-shirts or socks in your travel bag can help to not only save space for your travel bag but also clean out your closet at home after discarding items before coming home.

Use a “checkpoint friendly” bag

Checkpoint friendly bags allow you to leave electronics in the case while they go through security, which reducing the time that would otherwise be used to unpack and repack your luggage, as well as the potential to leave something behind in the process. These Transportation Security Administration certified bags can be purchased online or at any luggage supply store.

Have a booking strategy with upgrade code and mileage

You can get upgrades on flights by booking an economy ticket with a Y or B booking code. Just request the upgrade when you book your ticket and then check your status 24 hours before your flight. Frequent flyers should hear about upgrades within 100 hours of their departure (based on status level).

Business class of Singapore Airlines

For the mileage strategy, it’s cool on one hand but don’t pass up cheap fares just for the points, especially when you consider each mile is worth about two cents.

Know the difference between non-stop and direct flights

Don’t mistake “direct” flights for “non-stop” ones when booking. A direct flight might still stop, but you would just stay on the plane instead of having to switch planes. It is suggested to choose a ‘non-stop’ flight instead of a direct one to avoid taking a day to get the meeting and a day to get back because of layovers.

Sign up for frequent flyer and loyalty programs

A business lounge of Cathay Pacific

Ease international airline travel by registering for services like Global Entry or other pre-check programs. Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows pre-approved travellers to bypass traditional security checks. In the meantime, frequent flyer programs help to get elite status and have access to more perks and upgrades or at least, you should get a reward credit card to rack up points and miles no matter which company you choose to do business with.

Be aware of cellular service rates

Pay attention to your cell phone carrier’s service and data rates when traveling, especially if you are leaving the country. It is suggested buying or renting a mobile hotspot to avoid hefty fees if you know you are going to need remote Internet access.

Ship items home to save more space and money

If you accumulate more stuffs while on your business trip than your luggage allows, you should fill one large box and ship it home before departing.

Charge everything the night before you travel

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Charge everything you’re going to need, and put it next to your car keys and purse or wallet so you make sure to pack it in your carry-on before driving to the airport.

Check ID, passport and ticket before driving to the airport

Last but not least, make sure you have all the documents you need for your trip packed safely with you but easily accessible when needed. Print your boarding passes ahead of time and store them next to your passport and/or driver’s license so everything is right on hand when you get to the airport. This way, you can reduce the time spent waiting in line even more.