While traveling for work is a great way to experience a new place, business trips don’t often set people up for productivity. Long lines at the airport, jet lag, and hotel happy hours are just a few culprits of travel that doesn’t equate to getting efficient work done.
Yet, all hope is not lost. With a little planning and a few travel hacks, any work trip can turn into a productive trip, too. Here are six clever work travel trips for the next out-of-town business venture.
Keep germs at bay
Any person becomes especially vulnerable to germs and sickness when on-the-go. Cramped, public places (hello airplanes!) make it even easier to get sick, which is definitely not ideal when traveling for business. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer at all times, and try make sure to get plenty of sleep and to drink a lot of water a few days leading up to travel.
Another great work travel tip is a piece of technology: noise canceling headphones. Whether on a plane, train, or other crowded area, put them on to literally get rid of any distracting noise. These are especially helpful if there’s WiFi access—getting work done on the move is a whole lot easier without a ton of sound in the background.
It’s easy to grab fast food or unhealthy snacks when traveling for work. Airplanes don’t always offer the healthiest food items, and staying hydrated can be tricky, too. But eating poorly can lead to feeling crummy and fatigued—not the best for business. Take control over the situation by packing healthy snacks—like cut up veggies, string cheese, and raw nuts—and carry an empty water bottle that can easily be filled at local taps.
Go digital (& paper)
Delays and missed connections will throw a wrench in any travel situation. While technology has made checking into flights and hotels a ton easier, it’s always good to have a backup option (say, if a phone battery dies). Download the appropriate apps, yes, but also try to carry a printed version of an itinerary, boarding pass, hotel reservation, and more. Keep an extra passport copy if necessary as well! Lost documents make getting from point A to point B near impossible.
Hit the hotel gym
It’s easy to get sidetracked once we reach our final destination. Instead of beelining to the hotel bar, mini-fridge, or in front of the TV, get those endorphins pumping with a little exercise. This will make anyone feel refreshed after a long travel day.
Beat jet lag
Jet lag can sometimes be jet drag. However, there are some simple hacks that could actually help battle traveling through multiple time zones. The first is to trick the mind by resetting watches, computers, etc, with the time of the destination. Also try to sync up to an upcoming sleep schedule; only sleep on the plane if it’s night at the destination, and try to eat a good, healthy meal once the wheels touch down.