Whether you’re in consulting, accounting or another profession that requires you to travel each week to the same location for a project or to visit a client site, you know it can get a little (or a lot) . . . repetitive. Read on for some of our tips to make your on-the-go, road warrior lifestyle feel a little more comfortable.
Get TSA Pre-Check
This applies to anyone who travels frequently, whether it’s to the same place each week or not. Obtaining TSA Pre-Check is a fairly simple process that can save you a ton of time at the airport each time you fly, allowing you to expedite your security screening process. For more information about TSA Pre-Check and how to apply, check out this blog post.
Have duplicates of personal items
Buy two of as many personal hygiene products as possible including brushes, makeup, curling irons, etc. Leave them in your suitcase at all times, making packing each week much more efficient and helping to ensure you don’t forget anything.
Stick with the same hotel
If you stay in the same hotel week after week, you’re likely to get to know the staff. Becoming a friendly, familiar face may benefit you when it comes to extra amenities or even upgrades. Plus, staying in the same hotel will earn you or your company points and rewards.
Leave a bag with the front desk
The first time you go to your destination, pack an extra, small bag with your favorite regular-sized toiletries, spare tennis shoes, spare chargers and even seasonal items such as scarves and hats, to leave at the front desk each weekend. You can pick up the bag when you check in each week, and leave it when you check out. Most hotels are happy to oblige . . . simply ask!
Find a local gym
Consider a membership to a local gym or yoga studio. Adding a daily workout outside of the hotel into your routine makes your makeshift locale feel less, well . . . makeshift. If you’re really feeling ambitious, you can find a personal trainer to work with during the week in order to help you maintain accountability while on the road. Be sure to check with your employer to see if they reimburse any health and fitness related expenses, such as a gym membership or personal training sessions, as part of your benefits package.
Stock up at the grocery store
Dining out meal after meal can get old. Stock up on staples at the local grocery store in the beginning of the week to make your hotel room feel a little more like home. Just be sure to request a mini fridge in your hotel rewards account or at the front desk when you check in.
Get to know your team
If you’re traveling to the same place every week with a team or even a few other people, be sure to get to know them. You are, after all, with them more than you are with your own family! Create some team camaraderie and positive morale with a weekly game night in the hotel lobby or a fun activity out on the town after you finish up your work one night each week.
Explore the city
Make it a priority to try one new activity or restaurant each week around the area in order to make your destination feel a little more familiar, comfortable and exciting.
Tip hotel staff weekly
You’ll likely see the same hotel employees week after week. It’s courteous to leave a tip; however, tipping daily can become hard to remember and kind of a pain. Instead, leave a note in your room letting the staff know that they can expect a tip at the end of the week. Check with your company policies and you may even find that you are able to expense this cost.
Use your weekends wisely
Since the bulk of your week is spent on the road working, be sure to use your time at home wisely. Disconnect and unplug, spend time with family and friends and do whatever it is that you need to do in order to feel refreshed and rejuvenated for Monday. Because come Monday, it’s time to get on the road and do it all over again.
Do you travel to the same destination each week for work? If so, do you have any tips to share with us?