5 Tips to Make Traveling Abroad for Work Smoother
Does your job require you to travel abroad often? Do you sometimes feel like you spend more time out of the office than in it? Traveling for work regularly is something that takes a bit of tweaking to perfect. It’s all about finding tips and tricks that make life easy and organized while on the go both in terms of work and your home life.
So, if you’re tired of feeling stressed on your work trips and would love for things to go smoother and be more productive on the road, then these tips could be exactly what you need.
Take a Minimalist Approach to Packing
It doesn’t matter if your work trip is just a couple of days or a couple of weeks, learning how to pack like a minimalist will serve you well. Lugging around heavy luggage will only slow you down and cause a lot of headaches. The goal should be to pack what you think you need and then downsize by at least 25%. Downsizing should also mean choosing the smallest suitcase possible for your needs.
Below are a few tips to help you downsize what you pack:
- Choose a color palette so clothing can be mixed and matched.
- Roll clothing instead of folding it to take up less space.
- Stuff shoes with clothing in the suitcase.
- Use travel-sized toiletries.
- Wear your thickest layers while in-transit.
- Use packing cubes.
Make Sure You Have Created an Office-on-the-Go
To be productive while traveling you need to create an office on the go. This typically means setting up a laptop or Chromebook with the same files, documents, apps, software and contact information you would have in the office. You want things to feel seamless, meaning you can do all the same tasks on the road as you could at your desk in the office.
Book Accommodation with High-Speed Internet
This leads to the next tip, which is to make sure you only book accommodation with high-speed internet access in your room. Some hotels only offer this feature in common spaces like the lobby or a business center. You want to be able to set up a quiet office space in your room where you don’t need to worry about interruptions. Ideally, internet access should also be free.
Set Up Meetings Before You Leave
Setting up your business meetings before you leave means you can hit the ground running when you arrive and start working immediately. Once your meetings are set up, it allows you to create a daily schedule.
Give Online Money Transfers a Try
Depending on how long you’re gone, there may be a need to send money home to a family member. Finding a bank or a financial institution while traveling abroad for work is something you probably don’t have time for, and it can be expensive in terms of fees/service charges. This is why it’s smart to use digital tools to send money online. You can make the transfer from your smartphone or tablet and then track the transfer in real time. It’s a very convenient way to send funds.
All of these tips will help you travel like a pro on your next work trip.