10 Tips for Better Business Travel

10 Tips for Better Business Travel

Those who frequently travel for business know that it can be a great bane and an occupational hazard. Allow Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts to put your mind at ease and turn the experience into a pleasant one. Here's 10 ways to improve your business travel experience.

  1. Avoid flights that require you to battle rush hour traffic and take flights from smaller airports if possible. This will allow you to save time getting to the airport and through security, as well as out of the airport upon arrival.
  2. Pack light for a business trip by only bringing a few essential pieces that you can mix and match. Never pack more than a week’s worth of clothing, instead, make use of the hotel’s laundry service if you run out of clean clothes.
  3. When travelling across timezones, change your watch to the time of your destination and start adjusting to the new time on the plane, rather than on the ground where you need to be productive. This might mean sleeping straight away or forcing yourself to stay awake on the flight.
  4. Reduce jetlag by keeping well hydrated and eating at the regular timings for the timezone where you land to help your body adjust. Set aside time for exercise, preferably in the sunshine. This helps to invigorate your body in the mornings and allows you a good night’s rest at night.
  5. If you’re arriving at your hotel in the morning, book the room from the night before, so that your room will already be ready once you arrive, allowing you to freshen up or rest before your first appointment.
  6. If you don’t have time to change your clothes between landing and your first appointment, make sure you wear two shirts onboard the plane, in case of coffee spills or other unexpected and potentially embarrassing mishaps.
  7. Switch off your mobile phone before you sleep, so that you won’t get interrupted by calls in the middle of the night from colleagues and business partners who are unaware that you are out of the country.
  8. On flights, know the plane or airline and take note of which seats are better, so you can request for those next time you fly on the same plane. Even in business or first class, seats differ based on how far they are from toilets, galleys, exits and other seats.
  9. Designate a pocket in your hand-carry bag where you can easily store your wallet, keys, mobile phone, belt and other miscellaneous items. Empty your pockets into this compartment, take out your laptop and untie your shoes while waiting in the security line so as to clear it with minimum hassle.
  10. Always pack a change of clothes in your hand-carry bag just in case, and never put your laptop in your hold luggage, even if you’re not using it during your flight. This way it won’t run the risk of getting lost or damaged.