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.

You don’t always have to rent a car

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Especially if you’re in a large crowded city and plan to stay there for the entire trip, sometimes it’s easier to get around with public transportation. Some cities are extremely hard to drive.

Pro Tip

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You should pick one thing to enjoy instead of several

You are on a business trip, and you don’t have time to spend an entire day sightseeing. So, choose one special activity during a free afternoon (probably before you return to your hotel or flight) and enjoy it.

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Your Business Goals Should Be Realistic

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After traveling some considerable amount of time, you will sit down for various meetings and interviews with your peers and clients. In such instances, you might make too generous promises. But just because you traveled a long way, you should not make unrealistic promises at all.

Consider traveling as a part of your business and stick to realistic promises only. You must know your goal and stick to that plan without getting over-excited.

Pro Tip

Like any business decision, plan ahead and write down your plans, goals, and limit for every item on the agenda.

Ziploc Bag on a Flight Can Be a Lifesaver

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Next time you’re packing your carry-on for a flight, throw a gallon-sized Ziploc bag in there to make your trip a little more comfortable. As you know, airplane seatback pockets are rarely being cleaned between flights, making them one of the dirtiest places you’ll encounter during your trip. We’ve seen people put used tissues, diapers, food leftover, and much more in there.

If you still need a place to store your stuff and wish to avoid the germs in the seatback pockets, pack a large Ziploc bag in your carry-on and use it to keep your things without having to touch these pockets.

When the flight is over, empty your stuff into your carry-on and toss the Ziploc bag.

Suppose you’re looking for a more eco-friendly solution. In that case, you can purchase reusable bags and organizers specifically designed for airplane seatbacks. Also available are more advanced Airplane Pockets that create whole new storage and hygiene for your flight. Just be sure to wash them after using.

Pro Tip

Remember to pack extra bags for the follow-on flight or the return flights.

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Last update: May 2022

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