50+ Tips for Business Trips

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Some love business trips, and others describe it as the worst part of their job. The company policies, tight packing, tight schedule, busy airports, kids are crying on your flight, and so on.

On the other hand, if you plan your trip the right way, you might even find time to relax from your daily routines, see new places, and meet new people.

Based on my own experience, and thanks to the help of some very experienced business travelers, I’ve collected a list of the best tips for your next business trip. The tips are divided into X main sections: Planning, Packing, At the Airport, On the flight, Car and Hotel, Health and General tips.

Stay energetic and fresh

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You travel for a business purpose, and you are supposed to give your fullest efforts to accomplish it. So, be smart enough to stay hydrated and maintain a business-ready mentality. You should hydrate yourself as it helps you keep fresh skin. If your meeting is scheduled right after landing, be tricky enough to pack a good outfit in a suitcase and carry it with you. As a result, you will not want to iron it; all you need is to put it on, and that can be done in a couple of minutes. This is applicable even for those who intend to engage in casual-type work because having a fresh outfit makes you more confident and prepared. You can make your hair look very clean and fresh simply by using some dry shampoo. With the application of shampoo, your hair won’t appear as it was leaning against the seat you were sitting in. Moreover, you must have all the office essentials in a single pack (bag), so you can pick them up and head toward the meeting. Also, about two hours before the meeting, you should have a coffee or some other caffeinated drink to stay energetic and fresh.

Pro Tip

Prepare and pack according to your plans. Don't take a suit on board if you don't have a meeting right after landing.

Stay Hydrated and stick to water

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Stay hydrated and drink!  You probably already know that about 60% of your body is water. So, drinking plenty of water is mandatory, especially when traveling.
Try to stick with water or sparkling water and avoid sugary drinks, alcoholic drinks, and coffee or tea as much as possible, especially during the flight. Flights are incredibly dehydrating.

Then, when you arrive at the desired destination, you can have some green juices to regain the balance of your electrolytes.

Many travelers also bring eye drops, lip balms, and moisturizers in their backpacks to hydrate their bodies and feel more comfortable. If you pack your own traveling water bottle, remember that you are not allowed to take a large bottle of liquid on the plane.

Pro Tip

Another great benefit of drinking water is that it can also help you avoid jet lag.

Stay Positive

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We know that airports can be a drag. Remember that keeping a positive attitude, staying decent to your surroundings, and especially to the airport and airline employees can sometimes earn you some bonus point.

This might be the thing resulting in some good karma. Your positive attitude won’t only make everyone feel better, it might get you selected for an upgrade over another grumpier passenger, or at the very least, a less frustrating, painful experience for you.

Pro Tip

Bring a book, an audiobook, or other activities to make time pass faster and with fun.

Stick to your workout routine

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Stick to your workout routine. Consistency is a key to keeping your workout schedule and healthy routine. So don’t stop your way when traveling.
You got some time to kill while waiting at the airport. Use that time to walk as much as possible and regain some energy and health. Your body will thank you later.
It’s always lovely to walk or run in a new place, especially if there is wonderful nature at your destination. So take a walk or use the hotel gym. If that’s not an option, use apps to guide you on a short workout you can do in your room. Try to do this first thing in the morning if you can.

Take a portable kit of skincare products

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You can consider taking a portable skincare kit instead of carrying all the bulky beauty products you have. These kits usually come with every essential item, including shampoo, cleansers, scrubs, etc. So, buying one of those portable or travel-size kits is a very smart approach. In addition to that, consider having a sample-size perfume with you instead of carrying a bulky bottle.

Take advantage of jet lag

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If you experience jet lag, you can overcome it simply by working out. Working out will bring your metabolism back and regulate your entire system. So, you should go to the gym of your hotel and start exercising to avoid jet lag. You will eventually become tired and need some good sleep, and that’s all you need to overcome jetlag naturally.

Pro Tip

There are many other tips for overcoming jet lag. Click here to read more.

These essentials should not be forgotten

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It would be best if you always had some cleansing pads with you. They are specifically handy when you are on the flight and visit places that have different weather conditions. Also, it would be handy if you can have some lavender oil with you so you can get a good night’s sleep after that long flight. Also, you should have vitamins because you never know how your diet will be during the stay. It would be best if you also had some hydrating serum for the face with you to maintain a fresh look.

Treat yourself during a potential delay

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Delays are not strange for those who travel often. So, you should be prepared for such instances as well. For example, you should plan for the things you should do if you get stuck in an airport.

You can convert those delays into blessings and enjoy every minute of them. You can watch a movie, listen to some songs, for instance. That will give you an opportunity to replenish your mind and get back to work with more energy. So, have some good stuff saved on your laptop or phone before leaving.

Pro Tip

As mentioned in a previous tip, use that time to work out and regain your energy and health.

Try the local food

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Try to eat something local whenever you feel it is safe. However, trying a totally strange meal before an important meeting is not recommended. Instead, eat something familiar and straightforward before meetings and enjoy local meals in the afternoon.

Pro Tip

Don't take risks and avoid questionable places.

Try to be eco-friendly

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It is nice if you do not change the sheets daily. Do you change your sheets every day when you are at home? You don’t. So, you don’t need to do that in the hotel because you are the person who uses them.

Pro Tip

Wanna be even more eco-friendly? Don't just leave the air-conditioning on when you get out of the room, turn off all lights and taps when you leave hotel rooms.

Try to fly on big holidays such as Christmas Day

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Highways, airlines, and all the other modes of traveling are highly crowded during the holidays. However, what most people forget is that they can experience significantly fewer crowds during the actual holidays. So, if there is a possibility to travel during an exact big holiday, that will save you plenty of stress as well as the money.

For instance, you can consider Thanksgiving Day, Christmas day, etc., because those are the days when the fewest flights are booked. However, flying on such holidays might not be the best solution for some individuals.

Pro Tip

Usually, booking on Tuesday at 3:00 P.M. can offer slightly lower prices. Most flights are also slightly cheaper just after midnight any night. Some websites use browser cookies to know you were looking for that flight and might use it to increase prices. It’s always a great tip to delete browser cookies before booking.

Try to manage your stress and balance work

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It is always better to choose the flights that allow you to have a good amount of rest when you land. Use the extra time you have to relax; go to a massage parlor or a spa, for instance.

If not, you can walk down the city and do some sightseeing. That will make you exhausted. Then, go to bed and wake up the following day fresh and energized.

Pro Tip

Check out our Trip Planner for short trip ideas in your destination.

Try your best to limit the stuff to your carry-on luggage

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For some individuals, this might not be the most practical idea. However, if you can do it, that would be a convenient approach. As per this tip, you are supposed to pack everything in your carry-on luggage. In other words, it suggests you limit the items you carry to the most essentials ones. Also, efficient packing comes into play in this case. As long as you have the right kind of luggage and use proper packing techniques, you will easily accomplish this task.

Pro Tip

Regarding your carry-on luggage size, it's important to remember that each airline has a different approved size. Make sure to check it in advance to avoid fins.

Use a travel kit

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It is better to be prepared for everything when you travel. We cannot predict what our bodies will experience due to long flights, boredom, and monotony. So, you should prepare a travel kit and have it with you.

This kit should include some pain relief medicine, earplugs, and an eye mask so you can get some good sleep while traveling. You may know that airlines sometimes don’t give you blackout sleeping masks, so having your own kit is wise.

Pro Tip

If you have any chronic conditions, it might be wise to ask your practitioner to prescribe you relevant medicine for the trip.

Weigh your luggage

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You may indeed have plenty of things to carry. However, carrying overweight luggage can embarrass you in many ways; they cost a lot, and you will find it very difficult to move them as you go.

Just buy a simple luggage scale and pack things accordingly.

Pro Tip

If you expect some gifts, think about shipping them instead of carrying them with you.

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