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Things you will need for a successful business trip

by on September 26, 2021 in Uncategorized

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Business travel can be a fantastic opportunity to explore a new culture and expand your professional network. You can leave the comfort of your office and venture into a different side of the business industry. While business travel is undoubtedly a luxury, it can also be quite stressful. Experienced travellers can navigate airports and new countries without thinking twice about it. However, it’s common for new travellers to feel overwhelmed and nervous about their trip. 

Here are a few things you can do to make sure your business trip goes smoothly.

Pack your essentials

Pack everything you would usually bring for an overnight stay, like your pyjamas, skincare, change of clothes and personal items. Of course, the length of your trip will determine how much you pack. You also need to think about your work essentials – like workwear, laptop, ID badges, stationery and business cards. You could keep this in your carry-on case, so it’s easy to grab. You can also use your laptop or tablet to watch TV in the evening. Electronic devices are compact and useful when travelling. Remember to bring the correct chargers and adapters, so you’re not caught out.

Printed handouts

You need your passport to travel internationally. You also need to keep all your travel documents in one place, like your airline reservation, hotel confirmation and rental car details. Keep these in a folder in your hand luggage to stay organised. Always bring a photocopy of your passport, in case you lose it in an emergency. 

You also need to think about the documents needed for your business meetings. You might need presentation handouts, meeting agendas, surveys and more. Print them off in advance to give yourself some peace of mind.

Are you insured?

If you’re travelling abroad, you need business travel insurance as a safety net. You need to get motor trade insurance if you are travelling in a company car. 

The cost of travel

You need to determine who is paying for the trip. Your company may pay for some expenses, like transport and accommodation. However, you will probably need to budget for food and other living expenses while you’re away.  In some cases, you might have a free day at your destination before the work begins. If you want to do some sightseeing, you will need to budget for attractions, entertainment, meals, and transport. Do some research online and see if you can save money by booking in advance. 

Preparation can make your business trip go much more smoothly. Save your energy for the work events on your trip, and try to squeeze in some time for rest. You will feel organised and ready for the trip ahead.

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