Traveling for work? Ryan shows you how it's done!
Traveling for business is more work than it is vacation (whether we want it to be or not!) and as such, you need to be prepared when you hit the road so that you make sure you arrive as prepared as possible to hit the ground running when you arrive.
Dress the Part:
For my line of work, I recommend traveling just a bit beyond “business casual”. Khakis are ok when paired with a dress shirt (tie optional). The trick is to find the right clothing that is lightweight and stays wrinkle free. Tilley offers a wide range of travel clothing that works for the professional on the go. You can also find great options at places like Moore’s, and even Marks that offer just what you need. This isn’t the time to wear your Harry Rosen shirt and pants as they aren’t breathable, and while they look great in the boardroom, they do not stay looking as sharp when seated in a cramped airline seat for hours.
Pack Like a Pro!
In your carry-on bag, you don’t need to fill it to the brim to have more than enough supplies. Toiletries, underwear and socks, 1 pair of “off hours” casual pants, and a couple of shirts is all that you need.
Tip: Pack these by rolling rather than folding to save space, as well as avoid wrinkles.
Life and Work Carry On...
First of all, while I have talked in previous paragraphs about air travel, if you have the chance, consider traveling by rail. The train offers the chance for you to travel from downtown to downtown in the same time it would take to go door to door were you flying for some of your short haul trips. A one hour flight and a 4 hour train ride both take the same amount of time when you consider security checks and additional travel time to get to and from the airport.
Spend that time in the comfort of the train, using on board WiFi and space to unpack your laptop to get that presentation nailed down, or catch up on email. The other advantage is that you can be on the phone if necessary, a feature you won’t find on many airlines.
Make Business Travel as Stress Free as Possible:
You’re going to rock that presentation!
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. Any tips for making business travel a smooth process?
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