At some point in their careers, almost every businessperson has to travel for work. Here are five tips to help make that trip go a little smoother:
1. Purchase business travel insurance or business travel health insurance. You never know when you will get sick or become injured, but if it happens in an unfamiliar place, you want to be prepared to handle it. Business travel insurance or business travel health insurance will help protect you should you run into any of these types of problems.
2. Check with the State Department for any warnings or potential obstacles you may face when leaving the country. Wars, protests and other safety issues can delay your flights and force you to find other transportation and lodging arrangements.
3. Pack lightly and sensibly. Darker clothing doesn’t show stains or wrinkles as much as lighter clothing. If you are going to be there for a while, find out where you can do laundry. Try to limit yourself to only one extra pair of shoes.
4. Be sure to have a good way for communicating with home. Many travelers use Skype or a similar program. Find out if your phone company charges extra for long distance calls. Find out if there is free or inexpensive Wi-Fi where you will be staying. Also, check in to make sure someone knows where you are and what you are doing.
5. Get some sleep. If you are headed to a different time zone, jet lag can be difficult, but try to get sleep whenever and wherever you can. Bring something to block out light and noise, such as a mask and earplugs, if you plan to sleep on your flight. Make sure your phone or watch has a reliable alarm clock so you don’t overdo it.