First flight out. Last flight back. That’s usually how the single-day business trip goes. Because limiting your travel to less than 24 hours saves your company money, in addition to allowing you to sleep in your own bed at the end of the day, more and more business travelers are opting for single-day trips. While it’s efficient, it’s typically exhausting. Survive your next quick business trip with these helpful tips.
Get TSA Pre-Check
Practically anyone can apply for the TSA Pre-Check program. Flying with TSA Pre-Check will allow you to bypass long security lines and will make getting to your gate a breeze. The application process is simple and the fee is minimal. Just be sure you apply well in advance of your trip, as the process can take several weeks.
Don’t bring a suitcase
For a lengthier business trip, a roller carry-on suitcase is perfect. However, for a one-day business trip, it’s much easier to travel with something more portable such as a laptop bag or book bag. Since you won’t be staying at a hotel, you’ll likely be carrying your bag with you everywhere you go.
Rest up the day before
Travel days are long, especially if you’re traveling in the morning and in the evening. Be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before your trip.
In the rare case that your flight home gets cancelled, the hotel you stay at should have toiletries and a toothbrush to get you through the night. If your bag allows for it, consider packing an extra change of clothes just in case. Otherwise, simply bring what you would bring to work with you.
Bring a phone charger
Most airports now have charging stations so you can charge up before or after your flight. Bringing a phone charger with you will help ensure you’re able to stay connected all day, which can be especially important in the case of a delay or a cancellation.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes
Though you may be dressing for a business meeting or conference, try to wear something as comfortable as possible, especially when it comes to your shoes. You may need to do a lot of walking at the airport or between meetings.
Utilize travel perks
If you have any complimentary upgrades or access to an airport lounge, a single-day trip is the perfect time to cash in on these perks. An upgrade can ensure your comfort, especially on the way home after a long day, and access to a lounge can allow you to get some work done or freshen up after a flight.
Know how to contact your travel management company
Because a one-day business trip often means being on the first and the last flights of the day, you’ll want to be prepared in the instance that your flight home gets cancelled. Have your travel management company’s phone number handy in case you need to call them to make hotel accommodations or alternate travel plans.
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