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How to Make Your Next Business Trip Your Best Friend

How to Make Your Next Business Trip Your Best Friend

If you’ve gone on business trips before, you know what a hassle they can be. There are so many things to consider when going across country or abroad for your work. You not only need to pack personal stuff, but you also need to ensure that you’re packing to impress your partners or clients.

There are also all those minute details that you need to consider. Maybe your first business trip didn’t go as smoothly as you’d have liked. Well, don’t worry: we’ve got your back. We’ll help get you prepared to make your next business trip your best yet.

Plan Delays into Your Trip

There will always be delays. No matter how off season your trip is, something will always be backed up. There’s not much you can do about that. What you can do, if this is feasible, is pad your trip. You should add a day or so at the beginning and end of your trip.

The beginning of the trip makes sense. There could be flight delays, meetings surprisingly starting early, or even last-minute changes. The end of the trip seems a little bit much, but it’s also important. What if the meetings/talks get extended by a few days?

If your schedule ends up being delayed, you won’t be scrambling for a hotel and transportation at the last minute.

Don’t Worry, Just Rent that Car

If you think that relying on public transportation will get you anywhere, think again. Unless you are extremely comfortable in the city in which you’re doing business, a rental car is your best bet. If you’d like, you can even do a car hire comparison to see which company will give you the best deal for any car rental service around the world, like the UK.

A rental car allows you a lot of freedom, which is essential for business trips. You want to be able to get to pop-up meetings with relative ease. Unless you’re somewhere like South Korea, the public transportation won’t be super reliable.

Get a Hotel/AirBnb that Helps You Stack Rewards

When you’re traveling for business, you need to keep in mind that you could be traveling again. Business trips are rarely ever one and done. You will most likely be hopping in your car or on a plane again. So why not earn rewards for all your efforts?

Stay loyal with a hotel rewards program. Maybe it’s through a large international chain that you really like. That way, you also know the general feel of the hotel before you go somewhere new. For Airbnb, it’s more about the credit card you use. Try to find one that lets you redeem your points as AirBnb stays.

Know Where You Can Get Last Minute Supplies

Last minute supplies end up being the thorn in the side of many a business traveler. There are times when computers die, pens run out of ink, or you need something printed at the last minute. It’s important to research where to get business gear in the place that you’re going before you leave, so you aren’t left scrambling.

Try to find a store that the locals trust. That way you won’t find yourself overpaying for the supplies you need.

Head to Your Next Trip Like a Boss

With these tips out of the way, your brain has probably zoomed off to other things that you need to do to prepare for your trip. It never hurts to make a list of things you need and double check it once you’re all packed up. When you’re finally ready, take a deep breath and get ready to kill it during your business trip.

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by Brian Perry // Brian Perry is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

Opinions expressed by contributors are their own.