Essential Business Trip Travel Kit
Your luggage is zipped and ready with business suits, shoes and toiletries, but your briefcase still needs to be packed. With so many gadgets and wires, it can seem like a complicated process, but we’re here to help. Here’s a list of essentials for any business trip.
- Wall chargers for each gadget (Car chargers too, if needed)
- If traveling internationally, electric plug adapter
- Earbuds and/or noise-cancelling headphones
- Wi-Fi hotspot
- Backup battery pack
- Extra USB drive
- A portable projector or other A/V equipment (and the necessary cables)
- Presentation packets as hard copies or flash drives
- TIP: Consider producing presentation materials at a print shop after you arrive at your destination.
- TIP: For materials like books or catalogs, consider shipping them ahead so they are there when you arrive.
- Business cards
- Pens and paper
- Travel umbrella
- Envelope for expense receipts to make your reimbursement reports a breeze to calculate
How to Make the Most of Your Devices
GPS: Use the map application on your phone to orient you and prevent you from getting lost.
Connect: Using social media can keep you in the loop with things back home. You may also want to share an update – maybe a mention of a successful meeting on your business pages or a photo of a beautiful skyline with your friends.
Keep Organized: No one wants to be scrolling through weeks of emails just to find the suite number where your meeting is. Use your phone to keep you organized with bookmarked links to business addresses or flagged emails with rental car reservation numbers.
Listen: Set yourself up with listening materials, including eBooks, podcasts and streaming music stations.
Watch: Stay on top of the news so you’ll be informed when you are chatting with clients, or zone out with the latest movies or TV shows downloaded to your tablet or smart phone during down time.
Read: Escape with an eBook or catch up on current events with a newspaper or magazine.
File Sharing: Apps like Dropbox allow you to access the most up-to-date reports that were just produced back at the office.
Languages: Apps like Google Translate are helpful for international travel. They can translate audio, text or images to help you navigate a foreign language.
Transportation Apps: Airlines, subways and car services like Uber each have apps. Download what you’ll need to keep you moving in the right direction while traveling.
Video Calls: Video call services are great ways to stay in touch with family back home.
With our increasingly complicated business gear and gadgets, it’s important to check and double-check that you have what you need. But fear not; if you did forget an important charger or printout, many hotel front desks can be helpful in pointing you in the direction of what you need.
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