If you’ve done much business traveling before, then you know full well how it can be a highly stressful experience.
From getting bad sleep on the plane to forgetting to pack something to getting to the airport only to see your flight was postponed, there are a myriad of things that can go wrong and cause you to become grumpy.
But since traveling is something you may have to do often for business, it makes sense to take steps to make it as stress free for you as possible even if things do go wrong.
Here are the top five tips to make business traveling less stressful for you:
- Keep Your Travel Bag Pre-Packed
Rather than hurriedly packing up on the evening or morning before your flight, keep your travel bag pre-packed at all times so it’s ready to go.
Try to keep your bag as minimal as possible, such as just bringing the minimum amount of personal hygiene items and clothing, a thin laptop or tablet, and reading books in an eBook format rather than printed format.
- Be Professionally Dressed
Believe it or not, but you’ll actually receive much better service from airlines and hotels alike if you are professionally dressed.
If there’s a Delta cancellation for example, by wearing professional clothing and looking sharp, the airport may select you for an upgraded flight at a discount in the coming hours.
- Bring Energy Bars With You When You Travel
It’s a wise idea to always carry one or two energy bars when traveling. In the event of an extended delay at the airport, it’s possible for the vendors to fully run out of food. Or if you get hungry on the flight itself, an energy bar will serve as a quick snack to tide you over.
- Charge Your Electronics Before You Travel
Charge everything that you are going to need before you actually embark on the flight. If possible, try to bring just one or two charger cables for each of your electronic items as well, to help simplify things. You never know when you will get the chance to recharge your electronic items again.
- Join A Rewards Program
If you become a member of a loyalty or rewards program, and assuming you stick with it, you will then often become the beneficiary of priority hotel rooms, early boarding times, first class upgrades for flights and hotels alike, better rental cars, and you’ll just receive much better service all around.
You can also acquire points when you travel with the same airline or book hotels with the same company repeatedly, which will allow you to save significantly later on down the road.
Making Business Traveling Less Stressful
If there’s one more piece of advice that can be given to you to make your business traveling adventures more stress free, it’s to keep a positive attitude even when things don’t go as the way you’d originally planned.