With planes to catch, endless security lines to navigate, car rentals to book, and the need to keep up business expense documents, business travelers may sometimes dread the next trip. Making your business travel go more smoothly is the job of GTI business travel consultants. Here are some of our suggestions for things business travelers should not leave behind:
One sure way to waste time on a trip is to lose the ability to contact clients and business associates. While a business traveler can sometimes rely on good WiFi in hotels and airports, they won’t have to worry about finding a good connection or pay extra fees if they carry their own company hotspot.
Medicines But Not Shampoo
Or a hairdryer, or soap, or anything else you can reasonably expect to find at a hotel. Business travel will be easier if a traveler packs light and goes carry-on only. If they do forget something, they can often get it from the front desk attendant at the hotel. Unsure what to leave behind when traveling abroad? Ask your international travel consultant for country-specific recommendations.
While travelers can sometimes get a GPS with a rental car, companies often tack on hidden fees each day of use. Moreover, a system in a car won’t help if you are walking or taking public transportation. A better option is to use your smartphone’s maps app and download maps of the area ahead of time.
Spare Business Clothes in Carry-on
Spills happen, and so do flight delays that can cause the outfit that looked great in the morning to look rumpled and unkempt. One tip from travel planners in Philadelphia is to keep not only spare business clothes with you, even if you do check a bag. They also suggest business travelers keep these items for freshening up:
- Small lint roller.
- Spot remover.
- Colgate Whisp disposable toothbrush to get rid of coffee breath.
- Facial wipes for freshening up.
BYO Caffeine Fix
Standing in line at the Starbucks can take forever at an airport. While a traveler still might want to do that if they have a long layover, it doesn’t hurt to try this tip: bring an insulated mug and fill it up with hot water for free at any airport eatery. Then the traveler can add their own favorite tea or even Starbucks Instant Coffee.
Understanding Company Travel Policies
Business travelers need to follow company policies to make sure their expenses are reimbursed. The clearer the policies, the better. If your company policies need some sprucing up consider using a travel management consulting service. Management services can help your company:
- Develop best practices travel policies.
- Educate employees about travel.
- Help your company save money on travel.
- Assist in travel policy evaluation.
Lastly, the most important thing that business travelers need is someone they can call 24/7 for questions, help in an emergency, or assistance in changing reservations. GTI corporate travel management agency specializes in providing business travelers all the assistance they need so that you have peace of mind and they do too.