For those who find themselves walking into an airport, there are many thoughts that pass through. There’s the excitement of luggage everywhere, the hustle of people running to their terminals, and the anticipation of a new place. However, for others the thought of an airport simply reaffirms the business trip ahead and the sure exhaustion that will follow.
Business trips are deceivingly challenging, yet according to a 2012 survey by the Global Business Travel Association, that isn’t stopping companies from maintaining a high level of productivity expectations. Travelers are expected to perform at their best through sleep deprivation, lack of exercise, unpredictable food options and dodgy Wi-Fi connection.
As you prepare to leave, there are a few tricks that could help keep your trip on track and stress low.
- Scratch off the bigger items like flights and hotel reservations from your checklist as quickly as you can. Look for deals and fewer layovers. The early start will also show your organized and prepared for the trip to clients.
- Don’t leave the hand sanitizer and breath mints behind. Enough said.
- Have a list handy of “to-do’s” you can accomplish while on the way. Instead of saving everything for your destination, let the down time offer a way to sneak in some work. However, be careful not to wear yourself out – try working the first three quarters of the flight and then relax the last leg.
- Shoot for comfort when you can. If you can avoid checking you luggage, do so. Bring a roller bag and a laptop bag for under the seat. Try to start the flight with fully charged gadgets and if you can eat a nutritious meal before and after – and don’t forget to drink water! Use the plane ride to gather your thoughts and focus on trip goals.
- Wear your heaviest shoes on the plane as well as your heaviest coat. You’ll save room and that coat doubles as a good pillow, too.
Traveling for business can still be an adventure. With careful planning and the right state of mind, you’ll roll out of the airport (maybe a little less bright eyed) but satisfied with the trip and what you accomplished.
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