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Essential Guide forBUSINESS TRAVELLERS
Use a travel management company
It can save time and money for you and your company, while helping to plan a productive and efficient trip. You’ll skip hours of browsing
the web trying to find OK deals.
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Stash some healthy treats in your carry-on, like dried fruit or granola bars.
Anything high in fibre is good.
Try to avoid the over-priced, salty snacks provided by most airlines which
can leave you feeling dehydrated and uncomfortable.
Carb-filled dinners, on the other hand, are
great for settling you down for a
Breakfasts with high levels of protein can
help you feel alert and get you in an active,
Drink lots of water to stay
hydrated and avoid the in-flight bar.
[This tip goes hand-in-hand with
grabbing an aisle seat!]
Try not to eat any heavy meals as soon as you arrive at your destination in order to acclimatise to your new time zone.
Aircraft filters are effective at
capturing greater than 99.9% of the
airborne microbes in the filtered air
Open a book, tune in to your music or turn on an in-flight movie and
arrive at your destination fresh-thinking and ready for action.
There is no avoiding the need for sleep. Losing even one or two hours from your regular
pattern can throw off your performance the next day.
Sleeping tablets can be helpful for some people and are an alternative if all else
fails. Just be very careful with the dosage so that you wake
up well before landing.
Send a quick note of thanks to anyone that you met on your trip. It might only take
a few seconds but could go a long way in keeping up
Have a shower to freshen up as soon as you get to your
hotel. Hang your clothes in the bathroom and let the
steam do the hard work of ironing out unavoidable
Be careful with information that you divulge over the phone in the back of your
host-organised transport. The driver might be paying
very close attention!
Cut down on any wasted time that you spend abroad by scheduling as many meetings as possible into 48 hours. The chances are that if you’re allowing more time than
that, then you are sacrificing time with friends and family.
Love reading blogs and other online articles but rarely have the time? Save them to Pocket and you’ll have a beautiful offline reading experience waiting for you on your phone, tablet or laptop once that plane takes off.
Save insurance details, passport images, itineraries and more to one place, make notes for business ideas, add photos, organise by topic, location, or into tagged notebooks. Best of all, it syncs seamlessly across all devices.
Turn your iPad into a second screen to go alongside your laptop while working on the go. https://avatron.com/applications/air-display/
Despite regulatory issues in a handful of countries, “Everyone’s Private Driver” is a global service and now operates in over 50 countries. Use it as an easy way to get around while avoiding the risk of local cabbies overcharging you.
The app allows you to store maps for most major cities offline so you can access them without an internet connection while travelling around in an unfamiliar city. Just search for the city in the app, then pull up the place info and tap the options button to see “Save Offline Map”. http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/
Request a wake-up call at your hotel just
in case your alarm clock fails you.
There are efficient ways to optimize space in your bag and squeeze your
smart clothes into its tight confines. From rolling your tie and keeping it in a zip-lock bag to slipping socks
into a spare pair of shoes.
Bring along deodorant, perfume or liquid make-up as long as it’s
under 100ml and store in a sandwich bag. If you’re in need of
more toiletries remember to stock up in the airport.
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bring a carry-on. Bag restrictions don’t vary much from 22” x 14” x 10” so purchase a small bag with
plenty of pockets and zips.
A tablet can be a great companion for a business traveller but it
doesn’t suit all professions. If you plan to do any sort of writing then
a slim laptop is a better choice.
Running shoes. Running is a great way to explore a new
city and leave you feeling free of the usual post-flight
Before you leave, think what will be useful. A pre-made name
badge for attending numerous conferences. A few business cards, a USB stick and some
breath-mints at the very least.
Get a good meal in your new city. The OpenTable app has partnered with Yelp to get reliable reviews and is
downloadable for all smart phones The app allows you to pinpoint nearby
restaurants on a map.
Remember to keep your receipts to return to your office!
Melatonin is a hormone that is produced when it gets dark and makes us feel sleepy. Avoid that grumpy state we arrive at when
our body clocks go out the window by regulating your
Try gradually shifting your sleeping pattern in the days
leading up to departure. If that doesn’t work bring a sleeping
FOOD & DRINK
2017Number of domestic business and leisure trips in the US
of people say using their smartphone helps them find a restaurant when
is still costing the industry
Along with plane pressurisation, cabin humidity affectsyour palette and is typically lower than 20%, 10% less than
the average household. This decreased level can can dry out your nose, weaken your sense of smell and make food taste bland.
Guillaume de Syon, professor of history at Albright College, researched the history of airline food and says:
If you were to serve a nice breast of chicken, which you can do on board, within a minute or two, the chicken would be like sawdust.
The solution is in the sauce apparently...
Be charming to the check-in staff and you
could land yourself an upgrade to first class.
There’s no harm in trying.
All-purpose travel adapters are one less headache to
deal with when you get to your
GO EXTREME Try packing nothing!
If you visit a city regularly then try ‘caching’ a few items of clothing, toiletries,
chargers and travel medicines. If you’re a regular (and a good guest) then most
hotels will be able to store your items for you, ready to pick up again upon your
arrival. If you don’t have any luck with your hotel then you can try a service like
Makespace in the US.
When travelling regularly your passport can take a bit of a battering. Purchase a good
passport wallet to keep it pristine, they also double up well for storing business cards and
A ‘Knomad’ is the perfect organiser for digital essentials
Forgot? Ask hotel reception,
External laptop and phone batteries
Out of juice? There are a variety of products that will keep your power
running on the go.
The Phorce Pro Bag is so powerful it can charge a latop or an iPhone 5S 14 times. Never run out of power again.
Get on that plane as often as possible
While sometimes it may feel likea hassle, building face-to-face
relationships is invaluable and will always trump conference
calls and emails.
Flight delays mount up throughout the day thanks to the knock-on effect they have
with staff, plane availability, airport gates, etc. Book an early morning flight to reduce the risk of your flight being delayed and gain some acclimatisation time
in your destination city.
Relax. You will improve your
productivity by planning ahead
for your meetings before you
set foot on the plane.
Bring a scarf with you
Not only will it keep you warm in a chilly cabin, itdoubles up as a blanket.
If you do have some time to spare, take advantage of it! You might be
lucky and know a friendly local that you can visit.
If not, explore the neighbourhood.
The world is your oyster! (For an hour or two).
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