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A few tips to improve business travel

January 26, 2012

Business travelers tend to get pretty good at navigating airports and packing suitcases, but for those who aren't on the road frequently, here are a few helpful tips to help make the trip a bit easier.

First, pack as lightly as possible. Even if you're going to be out of town for a week, you're not going to want to lug a heavy suitcase, especially on the return trip. Ideally, a carry-on is best because many airlines charge baggage fees. Even if they don't, this will save you from having to wait around the baggage carousel for your bags and completely eliminate the risk of lost bags.

If you're flying, unless you're catching a red-eye flight, assume the airport will be busy and get there early. This way, you have plenty of time to get through security checkpoints and you won't have to worry about missing your plane. If it's not busy, you can use the extra time before your flight to eat a snack, use the restroom and call your loved ones to let them know you made it to the gate. If you're abroad, this can be expensive, so bring along an international phone card to make calls home.

As long as you plan ahead and make smart decisions, traveling for work doesn't have to be stressful or draining.

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