We have business travel on our minds as we gear up for the Affiliate Summit here at Covalent! Corporate travel may be turbulent at times, but with proper preparation, patronage and purchases you can limit the ups and downs. Here are 8 practical products and tips that make for better business travel!
Just as dogs love bones and tweens love Instagram, travellers love a good neck pillow. There are tons of options for neck pillows out there, but the inflatable ones can be reduced to a conveniently small size that is ideal for business travel. This purchase will make your airplane experience significantly more pleasant. My personal favorite is particularly innovative– it hooks around your seat so you don’t need to support your own head. Sadly, it’s not on the market yet but you can follow its Kickstarter here.
For longer flights, noise cancelling headphones can be an asset. They block out the low frequency noises given off by the airplane and any loud conversations around you. Noise cancelling headphones can make your flights much more comfortable. A true game changer.
Packing everything you need in a carry-on allows for much faster travel. It eliminates that anxiety-ridden inner dialogue that will inevitably occur when you’re at the baggage claim: “Where is my bag? I swear that guy was on my flight, I’d recognize his man-bun anywhere why does he have his luggage and I don’t? Why does this always happen to me?”, etc. While it makes travel that much easier, it makes packing that much harder. At the very least, packing in a carry-on will force you to dwindle your items down to only things you’ll really need.
I actually happen to be one of those grumps who gets (silently) irrationally angry at people who bring unfairly large carry-ons onto flights and then take up all of the overhead space. Please save me the irrational anger, if you must pack heavily then check a bag. Remember to set your luggage apart with a luggage tag! There are also many new affordable inventions for tracking your baggage in case your baggage claim anxieties prove true, such as LugLoc or Tile.
It’s smart to create a travel essentials bag if you travel a lot for work. In this bag you can store spare toiletries, chargers and medicines so you’ll never forget anything important. This way, you don’t have to unpack and repack before and after every trip. This is can be a lifesaver!
A new study done by University of Surrey and Linnaeus University found that there is actually a dark side to “hypermobility”. One of the disadvantages of frequent travel is you’re exposed to many more germs and have higher chances of being. Wash your hands!
One company is now making a carry-on bag that doubles as airport transportation and a speaker. Check that out here. While this isn’t the most practical investment, you will look really cool zipping around the airport!
Many large hotel chains offer excellent rewards programs for frequent business travels, and for conferences and trade shows it’s best to stay at the hosting hotel. That said, one can only eat so many lackluster complimentary breakfasts before losing faith in the entire concept of breakfast. If you’re looking to try something different, consider mixing in Airbnb! Airbnb has a system for business travelers and offers a $50 coupon for your first trip.