Travel is an important part of employment for many people. Often, it is considered the worst part of the job. Keeping it simple is one of the best ways to prevent it from becoming a misery.
Keep the things that you know you will need ready to go at all times, as this will speed up the entire packing process and cut down on the replacement of forgotten items.
Many times, if you are driving to a business conference or trade show, you will be carpooling in a vehicle with co-workers. If it is your vehicle, it’s best to lay some ground rules for the trip, such as whether eating, drinking and music will be allowed and when and for how long stops will be made.
When you reach your destination, you will most probably be sharing a hotel room with at least one co-worker. Often, you do not have a choice as to which co-worker you will be in the same room with, so you need to fortify yourself with ways to occupy your private time should there be a personality conflict and conversation does not flow easily.
Other than your business attire, you should consider bringing the same comfortable shoes and outfits that you would wear at home or out doing your favorite pastimes.
If there is a gym available, it can be a great stress reliever and give you a chance to get away from everything and everyone for a little while, but also consider including yourself in at least one or two group activities with fellow traveling co-workers, such as dining out or a movie, if time allows.
Attending meetings and standing around all day at trade shows can be devastating to your feet and your stomach, so take a snack that you enjoy and are accustomed to and look around early on for a future place to sit down and take a break, even if for only five minutes.
Travel can be hard on the body and the mind, but it doesn’t have to be if you are as careful of yourself and your needs as you are of your work and business concerns.