Whether you have been on seemingly thousands of overseas business trips or are instead getting ready for your very first, there’s no doubt that the process of preparing for a business trip can be very stressful. Here are our tips to ensure the most successful business trip, from making use of currency exchange services to exploring the range of lightweight suitcases for sale.
First of all, you’ll need to start preparing as soon as you know the date and location of the business trip, which will probably be weeks in advance. Topping the list of priorities will be booking your flight, not least as doing so early could lower the cost of your air fares. Then, you will need to book your hotel, taking the time to research online and consider the many online reviews before selecting accommodation that is conveniently located close to transport links and/or the business meeting venue. Such a well-situated hotel, complete with vital amenities such as Wi-Fi, should save you both time and money on your trip.
Before you set off, you will need to ensure that you have plenty of the correct local currency, as well as potentially buy a suitcase that can accommodate all of the items that you need to bring while still being easy to carry around the world’s airports and major cities. Antler, for example, offers a selection of lightweight luggage, with features such as front and side pockets for organisation and storage and comfy grip handles that allow for easy lifting and carrying.
Try to only pack what you will actually require, but don’t pack too lightly either, as you are sure to need items such as laptops, adapters and books. Roll up your clothing to avoid creases and save space, and when you are packing your shoes, consider stuffing underwear or socks inside them so that the shoes retain their shape. You should also always put loose bottles in plastic bags. You will also need to remind yourself of the luggage allowance for the airline with which you intend to travel.
Time management should be a major priority when you are preparing for a business trip… after all, this isn’t a holiday. Set goals while on business abroad, and make sure that you can realistically achieve them. Set up your appointments in good time and give another reminder before you finally head abroad. This will help the people with whom you plan to meet to prepare for whatever you have in mind, and should set the tone for a successful business trip.