At Propark, our parking systems cater to business travelers from all over and one thing’s for certain – business travel can be stressful. Whether it’s last-minute flight plans or a first-time trip to a foreign country, there are many different things that travelers have to handle. Here are some tips from our parking management company to make things go a little smoother:
1. Sign up for a frequent flyer program.
If there’s an airline that your company frequently books, consider joining their frequent flyer program. You’ll be able to rack up flight miles and enjoy benefits like priority boarding, lounge access, flexible scheduling, and more.
2. Keep an essentials bag handy.
Packing is never the fun part of the trip, but you can make things easier by always having an essentials bag packed. Fill it with things like a toothbrush, toothpaste, travel-sized shampoo and conditioner, hair gel, and anything else you use regularly. This way, when your next business trip comes around, you can toss it in your suitcase and go.
3. Don’t be afraid of public transportation.
While it’s convenient to rent a car, don’t be afraid to rely on public transportation – especially if you’re traveling to a busy city. Things like the bus, subway, taxis, and even Uber or Lyft are often more convenient than driving, help to reduce traffic, and make parking one less thing to worry about. Of course, if you need to park, Propark can help with that!
4. Stick to a carry-on.
The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination and not have your business clothing or important documents ready for a meeting. Don’t risk the airline losing your luggage; stick to a carry-on and you’ll know where all of your belongings are at all times.
5. Invest in an outlet adapter.
The size, shape, and voltage of electrical outlets vary around the world, so if you have plans to travel abroad, make sure you invest in an outlet adapter. This way, you’ll be able to use your own devices wherever you go.
6. Eat and sleep well.
To essentials for staying healthy during a trip are eating well and getting enough sleep. If your company pays for your food, it can be tempting to over-indulge, but try to resist and reach for healthy options like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein. In addition, try to get 6-8 hours of sleep each night to give your body time to rest and recover.
7. Check your cell phone plan.
Cell phone plans and coverage varies by carrier, so if you’re traveling somewhere overseas or remote, check with your provider to see if you’ll have service and if there are any international charges you should keep in mind.
8. Always have hand sanitizer.
Business travel requires a lot of touching, from airport security bins to hotel room keys to handshakes and more. Do yourself a favor and keep hand sanitizer with you so you can disinfect as much as possible and ward off germs.
9. Charge everything before you go.
The night before you travel, do yourself a favor and charge all of the devices (cell phone, laptop, tablet, etc.) you’ll be using when you arrive at your destination. You’ll feel much better knowing they’re fully charged and ready to use when you land.
10. Pack noise-canceling headphones.
As a business traveler, you’re likely to run into a few scenarios of either boredom or excess noise. Luckily, noise-canceling headphones can solve both situations. Invest in a decent pair and you’ll be able to drown out things like crying babies, talkative neighbors, plane engine noise, and more.