Business travel can be a tedious and tiring process for even the most adaptable of businessmen, which is exactly why we’ve provided you with our top 5 tips to try and help you get the best out of your endeavours abroad:
1. Before you board the plane, make sure you’ve read up on the place you’ll be staying at. Ensure that you have the correct electrical plug adapters, and check to see what the deal is with internet access at your hotel. Some hotels will provide excellent rates, whereas in some cases it will be much cheaper to pay for an international data plan on your phone before you go so it can be used as a hotspot.
2. Ditch the roller bag. Airlines have recently started charging for checked baggage, meaning it’s more convenient than ever to pack as much as you can into your hand-luggage. The problem is, the overhead bins are crammed with briefcases and roller bags, meaning you might have to resort to gate checking your bag unless you decide to pay the extra fees to board early. To avoid this, pack your luggage into two smaller bags – one should be flexible, allowing you to slide it in between a couple of roller bags in the overhead, and the other should be small enough to slide underneath your seat.
3. Pack appropriately. Most electrical appliances have a USB port, so instead of bringing along a tangled mess of cables, use your laptop’s USB port to charge your appliances. Additionally, pick similar, lightweight outfits which allow you to optimise your accessories, and wear your heaviest stuff while you’re travelling to avoid having to lug it around with you.
4. To zip through security as fast as possible, wear slip on shoes with no laces, and ditch the belt. Make sure you’re standing in the right security line (ideally the one with less large families and children), and remember that shorter lines do not necessarily mean faster service.
5. For long-haul flights, prepare to sleep on the plane. To prepare for this, eat and brush your teeth before you board the plane so you can spend the maximum number of hours sleeping, and bring along a pair of headphones to block out the noise. Bose headphones are a great recommendation. If you have a choice, opt for a window seat to avoid disturbance from other passengers.
So there you have it: our top 5 tips for making the most out of your flight. You can thank us later!
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