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So perhaps you’ve just landed your first corporate job, or perhaps you’ve been in the workplace for years. Maybe you’ve been raising eyebrows with how well you’ve been doing or you might have finally proven yourself for the job.
Whatever the situation may be, your boss has decided that you’re ready to go on a business trip, a trip that will establish you in your industry. But while you are ready to take the next step in your career, you somehow don’t feel as ready for work-based travel. Do not fret, for here are three simple tips that will guide through the process:
Before you depart, make sure you have written a list of everything you’ll need during the trip. This includes the essentials like clothing, toiletries and your passport, as well as anything you will need for meetings or special events. It’s also a good idea to make sure your journey will be comfortable. Choose luggage that is practical and manoeuvreable and consider if you will need a garment bag. Good accommodation is also very important, so find a hotel that will take care of you and that is close to your desired location. Services like Corporate Traveller can inform you of the best hotel rates and make the process of choosing a lot smoother.
Extras to Pack
There are a few simple extras you might not have thought to pack, one of which is coat hangers. Assuming that your most of your clothes will be work-appropriate, it is vital that they remain in good condition. Neatly folding them is all very well, but to avoid permanent (as far as your trip is concerned) creases, consider hanging your clothes in the provided closet with the coat hangers you have packed. Snacks are also imperative during a potentially very busy trip, as well as a small notepad — as opposed to a tablet — for important meetings and conventions.
It’s important to look and act the part of a corporate traveller, meaning you should try your best to make connections along the way. Sell yourself by handing out business cards, dressing your best, and making new friends. Even if you don’t think this is important, the people you meet for work probably will.
Once you have the basics covered, you can now relax and enjoy the trip for what it is: a trip! Yes, you may be travelling on a work basis, but you still have an entire city to explore, so find some time to roam about town and have some fun. Even if your entire week is booked out and you have only a couple of hours to spare, use those hours to truly enjoy yourself. Treat yourself to a nice restaurant experience, or even grab some takeout and head to a local park so relax on a bench and marvel at your rising success. It might be a while before your next business trip, so seize the opportunity while you can!
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