With modern technology, it’s never been easier to communicate, no matter where people in the world are. With that said, there are some business dealings that require actual face time. When that’s the case, you want to be as prepared as possible.
By following some helpful business travel tips, you can make your travel experience go much smoother and more successfully. Interested in learning more? Continue reading and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know.
1. Skip the Lines with TSA PreCheck and Global Entry
With TSA PreCheck, you can breeze through airport security lines in a matter of minutes. Since TSA PreCheck is only for domestic travel, you don’t need a valid passport.
In addition to skipping the long lines, you also won’t have to remove any laptops, belts, shoes, liquids, or light jackets.
It only costs $85 for the application fee and then you have to pay another $85 every five years. You can apply online and then schedule a short background check at one of their many enrollments centers.
With Global Entry, you can skip the US Customs security lines when you re-enter the country. And when you leave from domestic airports, you get to go through the TSA precheck lines.
It costs $100 to apply and then there’s a $100 fee every five years.
2. Get an International SIM Card
Instead of paying the high fees to your carrier when you make calls from out of the country, you can save money by swapping out your SIM. If you have an unlocked GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) phone, you can replace your current SIM card with a SIM card that you get from a local operator.
You can either buy this SIM card online before you go on your trip or you can pick one up from a store after you land.
3. Save on Foreign Currency Exchange
You can end up paying a lot in fees when you withdraw money abroad. Although it could be cheaper to use your debit card as opposed to your credit card, you should know that many banks will charge you each time you withdraw cash as well as a commission fee.
One way to avoid this is to take out larger sums so that you will withdraw money less frequently. You can also order your currency in advance if the rates seem more reasonable.
When you are abroad, see if there are any ATMs that are in your bank’s network. This will also save you money.
4. Remember the Essentials
First off, you should always take cleansing pads with you to clean your face on the flight. You’ll also need them for when you go to places with humid weather.
Take some turmeric powder and lavender oil with you too. Lavender can help you sleep on long flights and the smell is soothing and comforting. Turmeric powder is great if you’re feeling nauseous, stressed, or if you have digestive issues.
Take vitamins along on the trip as well. You can’t predict what food will be available to you and taking something like vitamin C supplements will help you stay healthy and alert. Bringing probiotics will help your immune system and can lower the chances of you getting sick.
It’s also a good idea to bring some cooling products (like those with aloe vera) and a hydrating face serum to keep you feeling refreshed.
5. Pack the Right Clothing
You should always bring a sweater with you since airplanes tend to be cold and you can never be sure what the weather will be like when you land.
You always want to take a nice blazer with you. A blazer can make your outfit look formal or you can pair it with jeans for a business casual look.
You also want to take the culture of your host country into consideration. For example, if you were traveling to Japan, you would want to wear a navy suit with a white shirt and a subdued tie. You shouldn’t wear a black suit, white shirt, and black tie because that’s considered to be funeral attire in Japan.
In the summer, you can wear formal, short-sleeve shirts. For women, always wear close-toed shoes. Wear little to no jewelry and stick to long skirts or pantsuits.
If you were flying to Spain for business, you should make sure to wear linen or woolen dark suits with silk ties and white cotton shirts. Women here are encouraged to wear jewelry and other accessories.
Remember, it’s always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed.
6. Bring Gifts
Bring gifts from your place of residence to show your gratitude and appreciation to your business partners. Things like chocolates, tasty snacks, and wines are nice. In China, for example, it’s customary to present items like red wine and sweets as gifts.
Consider bringing gifts for the airline staff, too. Their jobs are often thankless and they’ll treat you well if you treat them well.
7. Be Ready for Business
You should be ready for business as soon as you step off the plane. Make sure that you drink plenty of water so that you’re hydrated and your skin doesn’t look worn out. If you have to head to a business meeting right after you land, pack a nice outfit and carry it in a suit bag so you won’t have to iron it.
Even if you work in an industry like tech and things are usually casual, it’s always good to have nice clothes in a suit bag. Use dry shampoo to make your hair look clean and not oily.
If you drink coffee, enjoy some before the meeting so you have extra energy. Don’t forget to make sure all of your business gear is organized and easy to access.
8. Make the Most of Jet Lag
If you have jet lag, then working out can be perfect for you as it will help to regulate your metabolism and boost your energy. If you can’t fall asleep, hit up the hotel gym. Working out will make you more tired so you can fall asleep.
Try to exercise in the morning, too, so you’re ready to seize the day.
9. Bring an External Battery
Between making notes for things to check out later, navigation, and checking your email, you’re going to use your phone a lot more while you’re traveling than when you’re home. Don’t depend on other people to supply you with a charger when your battery is running low.
Bring a few wall chargers and an external battery so that you can make sure your phone is always good to go.
Remember These Business Travel Tips the Next Time You Travel
Traveling for work can bring a lot of stress with it. You’re in a foreign land and may feel like a fish out of water. But by following these helpful business travel tips, you’ll be better prepared to handle the unexpected and keep your cool.
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All of our fellow travelers will have access to meetings with government officials and local businessmen to better help you understand the opportunities and business climate in order to mitigate your risk once you decide on your next Market.
More importantly, all of our fellow travelers will be provided a local guide to explore all leisure activities in the host country with the pursuit to better under understand and appreciate the culture they hold dear. For more information on our upcoming trips Contact us today!