Are you a corporate jet-setter who is always on this or that flight? If you are, then you know that in the frenzy of things you will forget some important items that you will need during the flight or once you reach your destination.
Are you a corporate jet-setter who is always on this or that flight? If you are, then you know that in the frenzy of things you will forget some important items that you will need during the flight or once you reach your destination. Some of these things are so pricey that buying new ones will set you back your month's rent worth. Below is a checklist of the top things that every business traveler needs during a trip.
1. Electronic gadgets
If you are looking to keep your cost down, forget using the hotel's internet. Buy wireless internet hotspots so that you can have on-demand internet. While at it, you may also want to bring back-up batteries for your tablets, smartphones and laptops. Other electronic gadgets you may need include; noise cancelling headphones, travel ready smartphone complete with travel apps, and of course a camera if you will want a little sightseeing while on the go.
2. Your travel documentation
There is nothing as bad as having to pay double fares because you lost your boarding pass. Your passport, visa and airplane boarding pass must be on your person throughout your trip. Other travel documents include invitation letters, hotel receipts etc. A good trick is to have them arranged in a small folder so that you will not have to start rummaging through your travel bags each time you are asked to produce them.
3. Clothing and personal effects
Always pack a change of clothes. You should have at least 2 executive suits and a pair of evening clothes. Know what you need and don't clutter your suitcase with unnecessary items. Most hotels have essentials such as soaps, hairdryers, stain removers, toothbrushes, towels, etc. It is however advisable to call the hotel to check what is available.
If you are on any kind of medication, make sure you alert your physician so that he can make a prescription to last you over the duration of your trip. Note that the specialized medication that you take may not be available in your destination, or the quality of medication there might be wanting.
True, your employer will cover most of your travel expenses including flight, accommodation, ground transportation and even meals. However, you need to carry some lose change. What will you use to tip the waiters, porters, cab drivers etc.? It is rude to travel to Europe and fail to bring your spouse/friends/fiancé a gift from Europe. Besides, there are some expenses you might find yourself incurring that will not be covered by your employer.
Always carry what you will need during the trip. Note that airlines always have a maximum free luggage weight. If you exceed this weight, the airline will charge you. Why incur unnecessary luggage surcharges?