If you basically work out of a suitcase and are always on the go for business meetings across the country, you probably could use a few helpful hints that could make your life a bit easier when getting ready for the road. These nifty travel hacks can help business travelers travel with ease while saving time and money.
Invest in a Luggage Scale
Save yourself from the hassle of being oblivious when it comes to the weight of your luggage. Invest in a portable luggage scale. Lightweight and easy to use, this little tool allows you to weigh your luggage before you get to the airport. Now travelers can eliminate anxiety surrounding the weight of the bag(s) that they plan to check. A luggage scale offers insight into what someone can add and/or remove before heading to the airport. Nothing is more annoying than arriving at the counter and then having to decide if you will discard items or pay an unexpected fee. Luggage scales are easy to find and easy to carry.
Pack Interchangeable Clothing Items
One way to reduce the weight of your luggage, be more organized, and save time, is to pack interchangeable clothing items. This includes packing fewer items to mix and match so that you can wear them more than once on a single trip. A seven-day trip doesn’t mean that you have to pack seven different wardrobe selections for each day. Focus on neutral color schemes along with classic items and pieces that you can layer. Remember to pack clothing that you can wear in boardrooms and dinner meetings by adding, exchanging, or taking away pieces. Follow these simple guidelines and you should be all set to make a great first impression.
Download Your Airline’s App
Make sure to download the app for the airline that you plan to travel with. Doing so will allow you to manage your trip before, during, and even after it happens. A few of the benefits that come with downloading your airline’s apps are:
- Early check-in
- Manage and update seat assignments
- Access boarding passes
- Access airport maps
- Dining suggestions and food ordering
The number one reason that this hack is super useful is because it lets you see real-time updates on your flights. These updates may include things like weather alerts, delayed departure times, and gate changes.
Maximize Travel Credit Card Perks
There are quite a few credit cards that place a great deal of focus on travel perks. It’s a good idea to do your research and find a card or several cards that will allow you to maximize travel credit card perks. Some examples of benefits that travelers can earn by using these cards are:
- Free checked bags
- Discounted coach companion fare rates
- Double or triple point rewards for eating out or even ordering in
- Double or triple point rewards for travel expenses such as hotels, flights, homestays, and car rentals
The potentials are endless when it comes to using the right card at the right time. For a more detailed look at how you can tap into and use these perks, take a look at this blog post.
Sign-up for TSA Pre-Check
Long gone are the days that one has to go through the hassle that comes with getting through the security checkpoint at the airport. With TSA Pre-Check,you can go through an alternate screening line that will allow you to save time and energy. Some of the perks of TSA Pre-Check are:
- You don’t have to remove your shoes
- You are not required to take your laptop out of your carry-on baggage
- You can walk through without having to remove your jacket or light outerwear
- You will not be asked to take your bag of liquids out
- You will not be asked to remove your belt
Having to re-pack your meticulously packed bags, get dressed all over again, and tie your shoes while in a hurry can be cumbersome. At only $85 every five years, TSA Pre-Check is a no-brainer and lifesaver for busy travelers.
Everyone’s travel routines are very different, but we hope that these hacks transcend across the board for those that travel for business.
Do you travel for business purposes? What are some of your favorite travel hacks? Share them with us in the comments.