This blog was originally published in 2015; we have since updated it to reflect the most current and accurate information possible.
Let’s just face it: business travel is not the series of adventures it’s cracked up to be. Most of the time, business travelers are working with a crammed schedule, and are at the mercy of airlines, hotel employees and transportation companies when it comes to executing their tasks and staying productive.
If you’re a business traveler, you know the drill. You’re away from home, away from your family, and the hotel isn’t always comfortable or even accommodating. You have early mornings, late nights, and tons to accomplish. The idea of an afternoon off to visit museums or play a round of golf might sound like a distant fantasy. You are tired—all the time. Does that sound like the glamorous lifestyle that most people equate with business travel? We don’t think so, either.
Fortunately, there are ways to make the experience easier. If you’ve got a slew of upcoming business trips, but you’re at your wits end on how to travel efficiently and comfortably, we’ve made a list of tips for you below.
Consider TSA Pre-Check
A fairly new development in the air travel community, TSA Pre-check allows certified “safe travelers” to by-pass many of the security procedures before their flights. You can enjoy an expedited security sweep, without having to remove your laptop from its case, take off your shoes or wait in the standard lines. As a low-risk traveler, your security experience is dramatically shortened, giving you more time to focus on what matters.
Get a Great Carry-On
The hassle of checking a bag has no place in the hectic life and schedule of a business traveler.
Investing in an awesome carry-on is vital; you deserve luggage that can stand up to the demands of constant, grueling travel.
Here are a few notable carry-ons to consider if you’re in the market for a better business travel match:
+Tumi Voyageur Super Leger Carry-On: Super lightweight at 5.6 pounds, the wheels offer superior maneuverability while the interior offers multiple compartments for packing like a pro.
+Samsonite Silhouette Sphere Spinner: a classic in the carry-on game, the Silhouette offers lightweight construction, smooth-rolling wheels, and an expandable body for those times when you need a little extra room.
+Briggs and Riley Transcend Domestic Carry-On: the durable nylon exterior is tough and resilient to all of the demands of your travel life, while the multiple pockets on the exterior make for breezy stops at security and easy access to your most important items. On the inside, you can expect mesh garment panels to keep your best clothes wrinkle-free and plenty of space for the items you can’t travel without.
Get the Apps You Need
If you don’t have a travel manager, there’s a ton of planning and headaches on your road to organizing the essentials of your trip. From finding a hotel, procuring a car service, and handling business dinner reservations, you are drowning in preparations. A little help from technology can be a godsend. There are the essential business travel apps for your next trip:
+TripIt: Organize your flight itineraries and all your reservations in one easy, accessible app
+Gate Guru: When flying is the name of the game, it’s important that you keep an up-to-date account of when your flights are arriving, delayed, canceled or otherwise compromised. You can even record future journeys and keep track of those flights’ progress as well.
+ZBest Worldwide: If you’re traveling in or around Baltimore, your transportation options should be solidified long before you enter the city. ZBest Worldwide has one of the easiest-to-use apps in the business. Once you’ve entered your personal and payment information, all you have to do is access the app to make quick reservations with one of the most reputable and dependable chauffeured car services in the company.
Unfortunately, no matter what provisions you make, business travel will always bring its own struggles and frustrations.
With the right information and advice on hand, however, you can minimize the impact of those frustrations and power through your trips with resolve.
Reliable transportation, easy access to your flight information and a dependable itinerary are the quickest routes to business travel stress-relief. We hope these easy tips can help you maximize productivity and peace of mind during your next business trip.
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