Every day, more than 3 million people fly on a commercial airplane. Many are traveling to the over 19,000 airport and landing facilities in the U.S. and others are just traveling all over the world.
Traveling can be a major hassle for the inexperienced and can feel overwhelming. If you don’t have specific rituals or plans, your trip could be a nightmare, even if you’ve traveled plenty of times.
Here are a few pro tips:
- Plan Ahead — Being unprepared can turn any trip into a disaster. Planning ahead for every possible detail might seem like a bit much, but it’s better to be prepared than unprepared. Planning your entire travel schedule is most important because you don’t want to be stranded anywhere or miss important meetings. But you should also plan out when you’re going to eat, when you’re going to sleep, when you’re going to do work, and every other aspect of your trip.
- Save Everything — Some places — and airlines — may have low quality Internet. If you’re going on an important business trip, make sure to back everything up two or three times to ensure that you don’t lose any important documents or information.
- Airport Express Shuttle Services — Utilizing shuttle services can ensure you actually make it to the airport. There are more than 16,000 shuttle busses and vans working for shuttle services in the United States. They are there for your traveling convenience.
- Bring Necessary Electronics — Forgetting things like a toothbrush, slippers, and deodorant can be a pain, but they can easily be replaced. Forgetting to bring a USB drive that has your entire presentation on it is not an easy fix. Make sure you go over your list while you pack three or four times to make sure you have everything you need. Then, go over it again. (Do this on the trip back home, too).
- Pack the Same Every Time — It’s important to get into a routine if you’re a frequent traveler. If you change how you pack from trip to trip, you could end up forgetting something because you thought you packed it. If you have a set packing routine, you will know if you forget something because it just won’t feel right.
- Read the Local News — The last pro tip is to stay up to date on current events going on in the area you’re traveling to. You don’t have to know the ins and outs of the entire city or town, but just know enough to have a quick conversation at a coffee shop. This will impress prospective business partners if you are knowledgeable enough on certain topics and local events.