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Business trips can be one of the perks of a professional’s life from all the adventure and new experiences travel may bring. However, business trips can be stressful if you’re unprepared. Dharma Home Suites brings you some tips on how to make the most of your next business trip.
Pack Like A Professional
The best way to look unprofessional during a business trip is to show up unprepared.
1) Keep your itinerary on hand, or set alarms on your calendar so you know where you have to be and when. Do not forget any relevant travel documents for flying and work and presentation materials. Cover your bases ahead of time to avoid any stressful last minute packing scrambles that may leave you looking less than ready for your business trip.
2) Pack appropriate clothing. Make sure you have outfits for all your business needs and some clothing for leisure time as well. Having an outfit for sightseeing or going out will mean you won’t have to wear your business attire for the entirety of the business trip.
3) Consider bringing disposable items from home. Such items might include old clothing approaching the end of usable life. Shed these items on the business trip to lighten your load and clean out space in your abode.
4) If possible, fit everything into the two allowable carry on bags. Maximize use of carry-on luggage to avoid check-in bag fees and the hassle of baggage claim. Your belongings will stay near you at all times, and you’ll be travelling light.
Calculate Travel Costs (Before Leaving)
Bring enough funds to avoid future accidental overdrafts, or missing out on good opportunities during your business trip.
5) Find out how much, if any, travel expenses will be reimbursed by your company. If there are reimbursements, keep your receipts! And file the report as quickly as possible upon your return for a quicker transaction turnaround.
6) Think of appropriate figures for the cost of daily meals, hotel or corporate apartment rentals, internet/ cell service bills, finding and using transportation, business gatherings, conferences, and events, and down-time play funds. Ensuring you have a bit more than enough will make for smoother sailing.
7) If you go on business trips often, consider signing up for the frequent flier programs. Not only are there some flight price discounts, but there are also program perks such as skipping security lines, or partner store discounts means more money left in your wallet, without missing out.
8) Supposing you acquire gifts or other miscellaneous items during your business trip, sometimes shipping it home will save you money. If it doesn’t fit in your luggage because of its’ bulky size, sending it home that way may spare you some flying fees.
Be Ready, Be Flexible
What you get from your business trip will be what you put into it. Be ready to be an active member in your own business trip experience. Be open to making the most of your time.
9) Supposing you find extra time, leave your hotel or corporate rental and look around. Try a new restaurant, take a tour, or visit a museum; the new experiences will make your business trip more enjoyable.
10) If traveling with coworkers, consider improving relations and getting to know them better. If you work together and all contribute collectively, the business trip can be an experience and fun opportunity for everyone, rather than be strictly about business.
So remember! A little preparation and research goes a long way. The folks at Dharma Home Suites hope you’ve found this article helpful to you for having a successful future business trip.