Do you find yourself traveling a lot on business? It can be stressful and there are a number of roadblocks that can be put in your way. But there are ways around these, ways to make your life easier and your travel time less stressful. So, take a look at these tips for getting the most out of business travel to help you out.
Use Distinctive Quality Luggage
There is 1% chance that your luggage will be lost during any flight. There is a greater chance that it will be damaged and if this happens then you could see your luggage coming towards you on the conveyor belt with a big crack down the side and your underwear hanging out.
Those are slim odds, but if you travel a lot then it becomes something that you can almost expect to happen to you. To get around this issue there are a few things you can do. First, make sure you buy quality luggage and make sure it is distinctive. You can get some very good luggage that will last you a lifetime and will cost less than a couple hundred dollars. It depends on what you’re looking for, but generally there is a lot of choice, a lot of options and in this case paying the higher price for higher quality product will really pay off in the long run.
Most lost luggage is the result of damage to the label, which can occur from damage to the handle or the case of the luggage. If it’s distinctive, you’re also minimizing the chance of it being mistakenly picked up by another passenger.
Take Only Hand Luggage
If you want to eliminate the risk of losing luggage altogether then you should look to pack everything into your hand luggage. This is often easier said than done as you might want to take laptops, documents, a pressed suit and other things that require a lot of space. It can be done though and it will save you a lot of time and stress if you can do it, so it’s worth it to try and make his work.
Most airlines will let you take a piece of hand luggage onboard and if you fly with the bigger and better airlines there are looser restrictions on the size and the weight of this bag. Just be wary of the fact that many airlines will class a handbag or a laptop bag as a piece of hand luggage and may insist that you put any additional hand luggage in the hold. This is something we have been stung with many times ourselves and the mad rush of trying to stuff a handbag into a piece of already-packed hand luggage is not something you need when you’re standing at a busy airport gate trying to board a plane.
Air Miles are not just a thing of the past. They are very much still in existence and if you travel a lot then you could use them to your advantage. Not only are there great air mile schemes out there that reward you every time you fly, but there are also schemes that reward you with free miles for every purchase you make on a credit, debt or store card.
If you travel and you pay for your travel then you could save a small fortune by making sure that every cent you spend is somehow connected to a loyalty scheme that rewards you with miles. Even if you have your flights paid for, you can use these miles to upgrade, to pocket the cash your company is paying for, or to pay for hotel rooms and other extras that you will need on your travels.
Skip Business Class
Although this sounds like the perfect option for people flying business, it’s really not. The perks are not worth the extra money. The truth is, if you want to get the extras and to make your flight more enjoyable, then you might as well go first class. Business class is just not worth the extra money because you don’t get much for that money. So, go economy class if you can’t afford or don’t need the extras, and first class if you can and you do.
There are a few packing techniques you can use to maximize the space you have, from rolling socks in sweaters to folding into tight squares. There are all kinds of Youtube videos that can help with this and you don’t need to stop there.
You should look to pack only dark clothes. They are more versatile and there will also be fewer issues when it comes to washing them. You will want to include a digital scale as well, as that way you can check on the weight for when you are flying there and back. Another good tip is to avoid packing too much and keep it to a minimum. We all usually pack more than we need, so pack light. You can always buy more or wash what you have if there is an emergency.