Traveling for business can be one giant headache after another, especially if you’re new at it. Here’s some advice for streamlining the process from regular business travelers.
1. Take carry-on baggage only. Checking bags takes extra time and often costs more. By carrying on your bags you avoid lines when checking in as well as the wait at baggage claim when your flight lands. There’s also the added benefit that your bags won’t get lost or smashed in transit.
2. Look for direct flights. Even if they cost extra, direct flights can be huge time savers if they’re an option. This will also lessen the chances that a delay will affect your travel plans.
3. Use online check-in. Most airlines allow you to check in online 24 hours before your flight. If you’re not checking baggage, this can save you a lot of time in line at airport kiosks or the check-in counter.
4. Figure out what should always be in your bag. One thing to consider is a portable phone charger in case you can’t get to an outlet. Another suggestion is a tennis ball that you can roll under your feet and legs to loosen stiff muscles.
5. Beware of germs. You don’t want to get sick during your travels, so keep hand sanitizer and wipes handy.
6. Negotiate at the rental car counter. If you want to upgrade your rental, you might be able to get a good deal if they have better cars on hand.
— Adapted from “6 Travel Hacks From Experienced Business Travelers,” Larry Alton, Entrepreneur.