If you travel often for business, chances are that you’ve arrived at the airport more than once to discover that you’ve forgotten your laptop at the office or your passport at home. Or maybe you concentrated so hard on getting that presentation ready that you forgot to pack shoes and only realise it once you’re about to leave your hotel room to give your presentation.
To help you avoid distressing scenarios such as these, Corporate Traveller has compiled a list of things you should never leave home without when going on a business trip. Make sure you tick them off your checklist before leaving and you’ll be as ready as you can be for those all-important business meetings.
1. Travel documents
It might seem obvious but if there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget, it’s your passport. If travelling outside of New Zealand, make sure you also have the necessary visas and that your passport has enough blank pages for entry stamps. Two pages (or two facing pages if a visa is required) are usually sufficient but check what the requirements are for the country you’re travelling to.
2. Corporate Traveller emergency assistance card
Your second most important travel item is your Corporate Traveller emergency assistance card. Having this on hand when travelling for business means you can get in touch with a travel expert 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in case of emergency.
3. Credit card and local currency or US dollars
You should be able to draw cash from an ATM on arrival in a foreign country, but make sure you carry a small amount of the local currency. If the local currency is not available, take a few US dollars – they are usually easily exchangeable.
4. Travel adapter and power bank
Remember your laptop and phone, and make sure their batteries can always be charged by taking a travel adapter along. There are country-specific adaptors available but it’s best to buy a universal one that can be used worldwide. Also remember a charged power bank with a USB charging cable.
5. Smartphone with travel apps
Travel apps have made travelling so much easier and many of them can be used offline if you download them beforehand. Mapping, flight tracking, currency and weather apps are especially helpful, as are apps you can use when exploring specific areas, such as TripAdvisor.
6. Appropriate clothing
Find out what the dress code is for all events that you’ll have to attend for the duration of your trip, and what the weather will be like, and pack accordingly, making sure you have matching shoes for each occasion.
7. Travel iron
Even the most experienced travellers with the best packing techniques end up with creased clothes on arrival at their destination. A small, lightweight travel iron easily solves this problem.
8. Small medicine/first-aid kit
Finding medicine in a foreign country can be quite a challenge, especially if you’re not familiar with the language. Take a small first-aid kit with plasters and medicine for an upset stomach, headache, air sickness, colds and flu, or any other condition for which you take chronic medication.
9. Items for a good night’s rest
If you’re flying business class, getting a good night’s sleep is quite easy, but economy class is often a completely different story. A U-shaped neck pillow, earplugs and an eyemask (provided by many airlines) can go a long way towards ensuring a restful flight.
10. In-flight entertainment
Take enough reading material and if you enjoy watching movies with great sound and don’t want other passengers or crying babies to disturb you, take a pair of noise-cancelling earphones with an adaptor (the latest earphones can often not be plugged directly into airplane sockets).
For more information and advice on how to make your business trips more comfortable and hassle free contact your Corporate Traveller expert today.