Taking a business trip with your boss can be a great opportunity to improve your relationship, but it can also be stressful if you aren’t prepared, says U.S. News & World Report Careers Editor Laura McMullen. When you don’t plan ahead, you risk showing your boss you’re disorganized and may not be able to handle the responsibility of business travel.
Remember to figure out how you’re getting to the airport, the address of where you’re staying, rental car details and any other travel-related details you need before you leave home. And make sure to bring all the materials you need for the business part of the trip.
Once you hit the road, it’s important to remember who you’re traveling with at all times. Keep everything polished and professional by being careful about:
1. What you wear. Remember to dress appropriately and professionally.
2. What you drink. It’s wise to stick to a two-drink maximum and remain in control.
3. What you say. Don’t let yourself fall into oversharing personal details and gossip or complaints about your colleagues.
4. What you do. Keep the social media and personal activities to a minimum. A good rule of thumb is to follow your boss’s lead. Taking a trip with your boss is also an important time to ask for feedback, brainstorm ideas or offer input on business strategies.
— Adapted from “How to Travel With Your Boss Without Making a Fool of Yourself,” Laura McMullen, U.S. News & World Report.