Let’s face it, although it can seem glamorous travelling for business, the reality is that constant plane trip can take their toll. This is especially the case during the holiday season when you’re battling huge crowds at airports, piles of luggage, and general flight delays. When you’re trying to get from Point A to Point B and running late for your meeting, business travel during the holidays can be stressful. Here are a few tips for surviving these busy times.
Although you may only be travelling for a few hours at a time, constantly being on the move can have serious effects on your mental and physical health. Let’s not forget those moments when you’re on board a plane which not only has dry air conditioning but also other passengers who may be sick. Take preventative measures by staying hydrated and drinking water regularly on your flight rather than alcohol, and keep a refillable water bottle with you so you can top up at the airport. When choosing what to put in your carry-on luggage, make sure to pack some Vitamin C for an instant boost, as well as hand sanitiser so you can avoid germs on the go.
There’s nothing worse than waiting for your luggage to arrive on the carousel when you’re pressed for time and need to your next meeting. Avoid the hassle by packing lightly so you can bring what you need on board with you. That said, plenty of airlines are now cracking down on carry-on luggage weight, so make sure to purchase additional luggage allowance if you think you might go over the limit. Alternatively, choose accommodation that specifically caters for business travels (like Punthill’s Corporate Travel Program) where they provide all the necessary amenities for you.
If you regularly travel for business, you’ll probably have a good idea of how long it will take you to check in, make your way through the security screening, and head to your gate. If you’re not familiar, pull up a map of the airport the night before to see where everything is and make sure you arrive early to account for any queues. Technology has also made checking in much easier with eTickets and online check-ins, so try to check-in online whenever you can.
While we’re on the topic of technology, there are plenty of useful apps that you can use to make your journey a smooth one. Most airlines will have their own apps which you can use to stay up-to-date with any delays or boarding information. Otherwise, you can try the Flight Tracker or Flight Board apps which give you real-time updates on the status of all flights.