Most of us view travel as a hobby, but sometimes travelling for work is necessary too and that’s a lot less fun. Whether you’ve had to travel for client meetings, or are working away for a short time, work trips have different needs than a trip for fun. If you’re used to solo travel, it won’t feel so strange but there are still some tips that might help you make the most of work travel.
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When you’re travelling for work, your hotel requirements are likely to be a little different. Instead of worrying about facilities like the hotel spa, you’re going to be more concerned with amenities that will help with you work. Look for hotels like the Riata Inn, a hotel near McCamey, TX, which is designed with business travellers in mind.
You’re going to need good, free WiFi. Look for rooms with the option of a wired connection as well as wireless, as this can sometimes be faster and more stable in hotels. Laundry facilities are useful if you’ll be away for a while, as you can keep your workwear looking smart and not to pack loads of options. You’ll also need an iron in the room to keep your shirts looking good.
Pack your luggage in a smart way to make the most of your suitcase space. You will of course need some smart clothes for working. A suit or dress carrier will better protect office wear like suits and smart dress, helping them to arrive with minimal creasing. Pack separates that can be mixed and matched to maximise your outfit options without having to fill the case too much.
Don’t forget to pack some clothes for your downtime too. You won’t be working all the time, and will need some options for the evening. Take some smarter items that aren’t office wear in case your client invites you for dinner. Pack some casual clothes for going out and about on your own and some comfy pieces for wearing when you’re relaxing in your hotel room.
Check what is provided in the room. Most hotels will have towels and some toiletries available for you to use in the room, which means you don’t have to pack them and take up more room in the case. Some hotels will have robes too, which is one less thing for you to pack.
If you travel a lot for work, it can be worth buying a second set of toiletries and keeping a wash bag packed all the time. You can just throw it into your case and be ready to go without having to remember to pack your toothbrush after you’ve used it just before you leave. You’re less likely to forget your essentials if they’re already packed and ready to be put into your suitcase.
Preparing for your trip in advance and remembering that the idea is to work and not for fun, you can make business trips less stressful and easier to organise.