14 Tips For Business Travel

by Country Inns & Suites
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Road Warriorette will be featuring a weekly sponsored post on behalf of Country Inns & Suites and has been compensated by Country Inns & Suites for her contribution.

Happy Thursday all! As you may have been following along during the last month, our good friend Road Warriorette has been sharing business travel advice on everything from being productive to mobile office tips to hotel etiquette. This week, she shares her “best of” list for business travelers – both the first-timers and the seasoned pros. And after you’re finished reading, please join the conversation by sharing your favorite business travel tip! – Emily

Clothes:

  • Try to build your travel wardrobe around a single color. If all of your clothes match with black pants (or brown), it is that much easier to pack. It is also much easier to get dressed in the morning! And you will need to bring fewer pairs of shoes.
  • Flat, slip-on shoes are best for day of travel. They allow you to move quickly through the airport, go easily through security, and be comfortable on the plane.
  • Bring a scarf or pashmina for the plane–use it as a blanket, pillow, or whatever you need.
  • If you can at all avoid it, don’t bring anything that wrinkles or that you have to iron. There are plenty of stylish clothes available that don’t require ironing!

For the plane:

  • Don’t throw your bag in an overhead bin that is way in front of your seat if you can at all help it. It’s rude to the people sitting below that bin.
  • If it’s a long flight, bring an eye mask and earplugs or noise-canceling headphones.
  • Make sure you have something to entertain you on the plane—don’t anticipate working the entire time unless you know that you will!
  • Bring snacks. Nuts, granola bars, and veggies all travel well and satisfy hunger.

Packing:

  • I bring my own shampoo/conditioner; since I travel so much, my hair acts crazy if I continually use the products the hotel puts out. I fill up travel bottles from my full-size products, but great sources of travel sizes are Sephora and 3floz.com.
  • Eagle Creek packing cubes are so helpful for the small items (underwear, socks, hose, etc); they will help you save a ton of space.
  • I have three small bags for my toiletries–one for liquids (that gets taken out at security), one for non-liquids (toothbrush, deodorant, etc), and one for make-up. This allows me to fit them in my suitcase wherever they will go instead of taking up a lot of room
  • Don’t bring full size (or even travel size!) beauty products. Use spare contact lens cases for small amounts of liquids, such as face soap, moisturizer, eye makeup remover, etc.

General Tips

  • Emergen-C! I take it every day when I travel, sometimes twice.
  • I use my White Noise iPhone app a lot in hotels; especially when the walls are thin, there is a highway outside nearby, or the air-conditioning unit is super loud.

Now is your chance! Share some of the knowledge you have amassed in your years of business travel. What is your best business travel tip for a newbie? What does business, and business travel, mean to you?