Traveling all the time for business is incredibly rewarding but it can also be quite exhausting. With that in mind, here are 14 essential business travel tips for female travellers sure to save you time and preserve that much-needed energy!
- If you need a bag you can check, choose lightweight fabric & all-directional wheels
Four directional wheels might just be the best thing to ever happen to luggage, making it incredibly easy to navigate through busy airports. A lightweight bag also means you can carry heavier items in the bag—or just enjoy having a lighter load.
- Try not to check a bag at all
Yes, traveling light takes some getting used to, especially if you’re the type of woman who has a crazy beauty routine, but you’ll save hours upon hours of time just by skipping the bag check line every time you fly.
- Keep some clothes in your carry on
Even if you do end up checking a bag keep a change of clothes and some personal care products in your carry on. You never know when there might be a delay.
- Keep your travel sized stuff in a Ziploc bag
You’re probably going to be asked to take all this stuff out of your bag at some point when going through customs and even if you aren’t a Ziploc bag is a good way to make sure your shampoo doesn’t leak all over everything.
- Wear your bulkiest shoes on the plane
Bringing more than one pair of shoes? Pick the one that weighs the most and takes up the most space, then wear those while you’re traveling. They weigh your luggage but they aren’t going to weigh your shoes.
- Stick with one airline
Pretty much every airline has a rewards program or credit card of some sort. If you stick with the same airline every time you’ll be able to earn free flights and all kinds of other fantastic perks.
- Opt for leggings
Going on a long flight? Got some time in between getting off the plane and going to your meeting? A pair of leggings will be far more comfortable than pants and is still presentable enough to wear in public, especially if you’re wearing a long shirt to cover them. Of course, this only works if you’ll have time to change before your first business meeting.
- Pack color coordinated clothes
You should be able to mix and match your tops, pants, skirts and accessories to suit your mood, especially if you’re going on a long trip.
- Bring an eye mask and ear plugs
Most hotels are pretty quiet most of the time but you don’t actually know how bright or loud it’s going to be until you’re already staying there. Keep a pair of earplugs and an eye mask with you on every trip so you can get to sleep easily.
- Bring your own snacks
Did you know that you’re actually allowed to bring your own snacks on the plane? So long as they’re kept in a sealed container while you’re going through the airport you’ll be fine—and your own snacks will always be healthier and cheaper than anything you’ll find at or near the airport.
- Invest in a lightweight but sturdy mini-umbrella
Frankly you should have one of these whether you travel often or not, but it’s even more important when you’re traveling. There is simply no way to know for sure what kind of weather you’ll find when you get off the plane and being small, they take up next to no space!
- Buy a high quality hair dryer for the road
Make sure your hair dryer is lightweight, designed for travel, and dual voltage so you can use it in Europe as well as in North America. Hotel hair dryers aren’t always the greatest and you don’t want to be showing up at a meeting looking anything less than your best.
- Invest in good noise cancelling headphones
A good pair of noise cancelling headphones will completely change your life. Now you will no longer have to hear the child crying in the row behind you or the couple chatting loudly in the row in front of you. Be willing to spend at least $ 80 on a good pair.
- Bring a separate, sealable bag for dirty clothes
Keeping your clean clothes and your dirty ones in the same bag is a bad idea. Not only does it make it easy for you to forget what you’ve already worn, it can also stink up your clean clothes if your dirty ones are really sweaty. Buy a small cloth bag which is easy to fold into your carry-on when not in use. Look for one with a sturdy clasp or zipper to keep it closed even when the bag is getting knocked around.
There you have it, 14 tips that combine to make your business travel experience a breeze. We’d love to hear your travel tips as well!
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