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Business Travel: Top Tips for Planning Your First Overseas Business Trip

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Planning your first overseas business trip can be exciting yet daunting and slightly nerve-wracking at the same time. Travelling for business is a different ballgame to travelling for pleasure, and requires a stricter routine to make for an all-around successful trip.

It may look glamorous on the outside, but generally speaking, business travel is exhausting and can become extremely repetitive, but don’t let this put you off! It can also be a great way to see the world at the expense of your boss, just make sure you follow these top tips when planning your trip…

Take Hand Luggage Only

When packing for trips, we’re all guilty of over packing and taking items we haven’t worn in about six years ‘just in case’. You need to think minimal, pack essentials and stick to a neutral colour palette that can be easily mixed and matched.

Taking a carry-on will save you time by skipping the baggage reclaim area and heading straight to the airport exit. You also won’t need to worry about having your bag damaged or misplaced, just be sure to check what you can pack in your carry-on bag and that the dimensions are in line with your chosen airline.

Book Your Rental Car in Advance

After a tiring flight, the last thing you want to do when you land is to try to locate a reliable rental car.  You also don’t want to risk not being able to access a vehicle, as this will only eat into valuable time.

Instead, be sure to book ahead and have your rental car confirmed before you embark on your business trip. This will enable you to select a car you’re comfortable with but also save time and stress when you land. You’ll be on your way to the hotel in no time!

Fight the Jetlag

Jetlag can have a hugely negative impact on your basic daily functions and performance, which is far from ideal when on a business trip. It’s important that you try your best to fight the jet lag and stick closely to your usual daily routine. The first rule is to avoid any alcohol on your flight as this will make you feel worse. Instead, try and relax with a film or get lost in a great book.

Make sure you set your timepiece to local time as soon as you board the plane to help you comfortably ease into the new time zone. Once you’ve checked in to your hotel room, it might be tempting to collapse into bed but resist the temptation!

This will only make you feel more tired later, so instead, head for a run around the local area or try out a nearby restaurant.  You’ll be thankful for it when you’re feeling fresh in the morning.

Take a Power Bank

There’s nothing worse than landing somewhere new and finding your phone is almost out of battery. Ensure your smartphone has enough charge at all times by packing a handy power bank into your hand luggage. They’re lightweight, inexpensive and a complete lifesaver in a tricky spot!

These tips can all contribute towards a smooth and successful business trip without delays. Try them on your next business trip abroad and return refreshed and with good news about what you got up to while away.


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Emma London
Emma London is a columnist and member of the ​CEOWORLD magazine editorial board. She's one of the magazine's founding editors and leads global newsroom coverage and management. Having lived in five different countries — the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, and the United Kingdom - Emma is obsessed with how tech empowers people from all walks of life. She is fluent in Spanish.
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