3 Steps to Make Sure Your Business Trip Goes According to Plan

shuttle to the airportGoing on a trip can be extremely stressful. It seems like something almost always goes wrong, and depending on the importance of the trip, it could have serious consequences on your professional life.

If you’re going on a business trip, for example, and you miss a meeting or a presentation because you aren’t sure how to properly navigate the city you’re in, you could end up losing the sale, losing your job or at the very least losing out on an opportunity down the road.

There are a few steps you should take before each trip to make sure nothing goes wrong and you accomplish everything you set out to do.

Set Up Transportation Before Your Trip
No one wants to try and hail a cab in an unfamiliar city minutes before an important presentation. Nor do you want to risk missing your flight back home when all the business is complete. That’s why it’s so important to plan out every aspect of your transportation beforehand.

There are over 19,000 airports and other landing facilities in the U.S., and there are transportation services that can offer you a shuttle to the airport. Using these shuttle services can ensure that you will make it on time to your flight, your meeting, your hotel, or wherever else you need to go.

Especially if you’re traveling with a few other friends or coworkers, taking a shuttle to the airport is much more effective than trying to all meet there on your own. Someone will get lost and the entire plan will be ruined. Take a shuttle to the airport and any other important place you need to be during your trip.

Schedule Everything Down to the Minute
This is more for business trips, because no one likes a strict itinerary for a relaxing vacation. But it’ll be even worse if you miss important presentations or special events because you didn’t write down a complete schedule of your trip. It’s also essential that you figure out any time zone differences and give yourself plenty of time to adjust to the time zone if there was a significant difference in time.

Pack for Everything
Don’t just pack for a one-day trip — even if you’re only going for one day. Pack for emergencies. You should bring plenty of extra batteries for your electronics, as well as chargers, backups for your files, extra dress clothes in case something happens to the others, and extra hygiene products.

As with so many things in life, being prepared when you embark on a business trip is always a good idea — so make sure to schedule your itinerary, pack for contingencies, and look into shuttles to get you where you need to go.