In 2016, U.S. travelers took an average of 466.2 million business trips and the US Travel Association expects this figure is to rise to 478.2 million by 2020.
But as the number of corporate jetsetters continues to rise, so does the need for the best travel products to help you perform at your best and get work done on the go.
From handheld travel scanners that let you make copies of paperwork in a jiffy, to nifty clothing hacks to ensure you look your best for next early morning meeting, check out these 12 products to enhance your next business trip.
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Image: cocoon innovations
Organization is key to any travel experience. You have your phone, chargers, keys, passport, credit cards, sunglasses, and so much more you need to keep up with. You could always stuff everything in a pocket on your carry-on bag, but cords tend to get tangled, pens and keys sink to the bottom, and who even knows which pocket you stuffed your phone in.
Grid-It is a good solution to all that. It’s a unique system of elastic bands that keep everything secured in one place. You can just keep adding more and more to them. All your handhelds slide right into place. As you’re going through security, you aren’t digging for that lost item that’s going to set off the alarms. Just attach everything to Grid-It so you can see it all at once without having to dig. You’ll thank us later.
Never worry about forgetting your luggage lock combination again. You can control this smart travel lock with your smartphone. It has customizable security settings so there are tons of ways to get it unlocked that only you’ll know about.
You can set your Airbolt to activate an alarm when it moves too far away from your phone for added protection against thieves, and if you misplace your bag, you can set off the alarm manually or track your bag using GPS. Lose your phone? You can unlock your Airbolt using another device or use the backup button code on the back, as you would a traditional lock.
Just charge the battery once a year and you’re set.
It has happened to all of us, your shirt is perfectly starched and ready to go when you pack it, but when you get ready to wear it your collar is folded, crinkled, and untamable. This collar stay is a game changer.
You flip up your collar as you normally would and stick the Wingman in the collar stay pocket. After you fold your collar down, you bend Wingman around your neck and it holds the perfect shape. The clever design allows you to sharpen the front of your collar and take control of the curve and form of the rest of your collar. The results speak for themselves.
If you prefer an adjustable collar stay with a more traditional style, try Cleverfit. It adjusts to eight different positions for tip to neckline stability, eliminating weak zones and keeping your collar crisp. Say goodbye to sloppy collar syndrome for good.
Safety is a primary concern amongst every traveler, and this portable travel lock kit is great as it helps to prevent unwanted key entry to your room. It contains two security brackets to accommodate multiple entry doors and comes with a “security biscuit” that adds another level of safety to secure loose-fitting doors with large gaps.
Installation is simple and requires no tools. Just insert the security bracket into the door latch pocket and simultaneously turn the doorknob. Close the door to lock the bracket into place. Then, slide on the security bars, and your door is secure.
It’s small enough to fit in your pocket and works on virtually any hinged door that opens in.
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Image: IRIS USA, INC.
Scan, edit, and manage your paper documents on the go without using a computer with IRISCan.
It’s cordless and battery powered so you can scan up to 100 pages whenever you need to.
Slide your document through the IRISCan, and it will save files automatically, either in the internal memory or onto an SD card. Once your pages are stored, you can download them onto your computer, laptop, or tablet.
Your scans can be converted into an editable, readable document like Word, Excel, or PDF by using the IRISCan app. From there, you can send them to an email or transfer them to your favorite cloud storage.
Sick of having to keep up with old business cards? This travel scanner will allow you to scan them and store the contact information, so it’s there when you need it.
These shoes are perfect for today’s busy lifestyle. They slide on and off quickly so getting through airport security is a breeze, and they’re foldable so they’ll fit comfortably in your luggage.
FitKicks are engineered to create a natural contour and allow a free range of motion so you can easily point and flex your toes during those long flights. They also have protective toe guides to prevent them from wearing down and come in both men’s and women’s sizes.
Carrying around your reading glasses can be a bit of a hassle on a trip. ThinOptics are designed to bend without breaking and fold to about 2-3 inches. The glasses come with a universal case that attaches to your phone or any hard, flat surface. These stick anywhere, go everywhere glasses are made to fit comfortably and stay put on your nose.
Feel queasy during flights? Airsickness is a specific type of motion sickness that’s common in many passengers and even pilots. Reliefband can help.
It works by stimulating a nerve that sends relief signals to your brain and stomach, helping to alleviate nausea by restoring your body’s natural gastric rhythms. It comes with included conductivity gel that you rub on your wrist before putting on the band. You wear it opposite of how you would wear a wristwatch, with the face on the underside of your wrist.
The GEKO smart whistle wants to help you feel a bit safer when traveling abroad. Press or blow the whistle for two seconds and you activate emergency texts, calls, or emails to be sent to your pre-selected contacts.
It’s essentially a GPS emergency location tracker. It updates every three minutes until you de-activate the alert, or your contacts can use Google Maps for continuous location tracking.
Lint doesn’t have to follow you wherever you go. This compact roller is designed with travel in mind. It measures 5.5 inches when closed so you can store it pretty much anywhere and is made with a high quality adhesive.
If you like to wear clean, shiny, and stylish shoes on your business trips, then this kit can help ensure you always put your best foot forward.
It’s small and lightweight and comes with a convenient, sleek travel case.
The 6-piece kit includes every piece of gear you need to keep your leather shoes polished to perfection. You’ll get the black shoe polish tin, a soft horsehair shoe shine brush, a sponge, shoe horn, and a durable shine cloth.