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Top Tips to Help you Prepare for a Business Trip

Published: November 7, 2017

When travelling for business, planning is important to guarantee a successful trip - preparing in advance can make all the difference.

Here are six top tips to help you plan and make the trip go smoothly.

1. Pack early and pack what you need

We recommend that you pack two days before the travelling date, because you never have a good experience when you're in a last-minute rush the night before. Packing early will also help you carry what you need and avoid wasting time at the baggage counter.

Creating a packing list can help you with this process, as it will inform you about all items that you need and which ones to avoid forgetting. You can have multiple packing lists for business, vacation, long trips, short trips and so on.

2. Maintain your routine

If you will be away from home for a while, it is imperative to stick to routines, as they will make you feel normal. While selecting accommodation facilities, where possible, choose those with suitable facilities, such as a golf club and gym, to mimic those that you are accustomed to.

3. Book your accommodations early

Most world cities that host business meetings have high occupancy rates, so you are likely to miss a spot at your favorite hotel if you try booking accommodation just a few days before you arrive. You should try and book at least two weeks before your actual arrival date. Also, allow yourself some downtime after you arrive, and relax your body before the commencement of meetings.

4. Get familiar with your company's travel policy

You need to stay within the rules set out by your company. Here, you need to use recommended spend limits, tools, tips and insurance coverage that will cut your expenses. Some of the areas you need to be keen on include travel services and accommodation.

5. Carry your business cards

A business trip is also a social event where business people create networks and lasting relationships, so don’t forget to bring your business cards, even in such a digitized society.

6. Set up a personal hotspot

While traveling in your rented corporate transportation or sitting in a cafe or a public place, you may need to check your email or just check your newsfeed. In world cities where open wifi networks are less dependable, you can use your phone's connection to create an Internet hotspot. As an added bonus, your own personal hotpsot will be more secure, as well.

And as always, when you travel for business and need corporate transportation here or there, always contact Sentinel Limousine.