Traveling for Work? Our best tips and tricks.
Business travel is an unavoidable part of the job for many roles these days. Staying comfy and cared for means investing the time to figure out the right travel hacks, and gadgets and grooves. It’s all about what works for you!
We have put in our fair hours of travel, and we get you, so here are a few best practices for tip-top travel.
Before Your Trip:
Double check that your hotel or airbnb are confirmed. If you’re checking into an airbnb, you can even send them an early “thanks ahead!” message, just for good measure. If your international flight lands early in the AM and you need a quick shower, make sure to check if your host or hotel allows early check-in. Otherwise, it’s worth making the investment to book the previous night’s hotel room and letting them know you’ll check-in at 6:30am on the following day.
Did you know you can pre-book your Uber or Lyft ride? We love this feature, especially for those REALLY early rides to the airport. It eases the anxiety of checking, booking and waiting for your ride! If you’re driving yourself, set out the keys, fill up the gas, and maybe even pack your car ahead of time.
Send a note. Get a mobile. If you’re traveling, you’re probably headed into a meeting (or 10.) Send your first appointment, or direct contact, a little note via email, slack, or text to let them know you’re looking forward to connecting. Take the extra measure and confirm the time and location, if you really want to. Make sure you have a mobile number handy so you can send a text if you’re running late.
Ex: “Hey Andy! I am looking forward to seeing you all at headquarters again! I’ll see you at 9AM in the lobby of the Ace Hotel!”
Plug it in, pack it up. Pack ALL you bags (we know you have more than one) and have them out next to your shoes, your jacket, and your coffee station. The night before, we will plug in our external charger pack, and out ear pods or noise cancelling headphones. Make sure you plug them into next to your bags, as a fool-proof way to not forget!
During Your Trip:
Stay in tune. It’s easy to hop off the plan, slip into an uber, and check your email before you arrive. Often times, nerves are high! You may be anxious, excited, or a mix of both, but the best thing you can do is take a few minutes to tune into yourself. Pop out your earbuds and be present. Take 10 deep and slow breaths, think of something that makes you physically smile or laugh, and relax your body.
Fuel! If you’re anything like us, you might forget to eat until you’re about to pass out. Try to stay away from this! It’s worth it to fuel your body and mind. With the adrenaline, stimulation and new surroundings, your body needs you. Make it a priority to have snacks and a cute water bottle on hand.
Get out of your box! It’s easy to want to conserve your mental and emotional energy for your work, but you could be robbing yourself of some awesome connections! When you’re present, smiling, saying hello, and pausing to make eye contact or ask questions to others, you’ll be surprised who you meet and how the connection could benefit you later.
Meaningful goodbye’s. Take the time to shake hands, hug, and say a genuine goodbye to EVERYONE you interacted with while traveling. We know you’re about to be in “limbo” between leaving and getting home, but this is an important piece of networking and making people feel good about their time with you. The extra effort goes a long way.
Communicate! Often when you travel, you get sucked into the bubble of what is happening around you. It can be stressful to think about what you have to get back to at home, professionally and personally. Relieve the tension by taking a few minutes to text or email and touch base. Let your coworkers or boss know you’re on your way back and had a great trip. Send a text to your partner, family or roommate and keep them in the loop. You’ll feel a lot better, and they’ll appreciate it a ton!
Gifts! A great way to leave a meaningful impression, is sending a gift when you leave. This will remind your business partners, clients, investors, or whomever you’re seeing with a lasting impression. Hey! We’ve got you covered too. A Petalfox bouquet is a great way to say “Thank you for your time and business!”
Leather backpack: Radley London Flapover
Hard Shell Rolling Suitcase: Kenneth Cole Rose Gold Mini Luggage
Apple Bluetooth Ear Pods: Ear Pods
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones: Black and Silver
Emergen-C Packets: (You can get these anywhere)
Thieves Essential Oils: Roll on
Glass Water Bottle: KOR ONE
Memory Foam Neck Pillow: Worlds Best
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Happy Traveling, Petalfoxes!