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How to Prepare for Your First Business Trip

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Alaska Airlines and GoToMyPC are here to help you plan your first business trip. A business trip is typically considered to be something that you dread. However, traveling on business can be very exciting, especially if it's your first business trip. When you think of business, make sure you actually keep your goal in mind. You shouldn't think about any fun or entertainment you may be able to experience, because if you blow a business trip, you could be without a job. However, if you go plan properly, you can make sure your first business trip is a successful one and then enjoy the sights and sounds of your destination later.

Pick the Best Airline

Business travel should be planned with strict budgets and goals in mind. Make sure you remember you're traveling on your company's or client's money, and that should prompt you to pick the best airline and the best rates. As soon as you know you'll be traveling, you should try and book your trip. This will allow you to get the best rate and show your employer or client that you are truly in their corner and want to save them money. Try to find a flight that has no connections, so you can arrive well in advance of any presentation you may give or any meeting your scheduled to attend. Having a great airline that you can depend on can be a great asset when planning your first business trip. You will want to make sure that your return flight is just as smooth, so that you're well rested before you must return to work.

Pack Light

When you're traveling on business, you don't want to pack heavy. You will need to get around very quickly, so make sure you carry as little luggage as possible. Since most business trips aren't for very long, you also don't need to pack as if you're going on vacation. Many of the things you need for personal use can no doubt be purchased once you land at your destination. Your focus should be on the business electronics and notes you'll need for your trip. Will you need your laptop to make a presentation? If so, make sure it's packed and that your presentation is loaded properly. Pack several business professional outfits and suits. Since this is business travel, make sure you roll your clothes instead of fold them. This will prevent wrinkling. You can therefore pull out a ready-to-wear blouse or shirt if you spill or tear the one you're wearing. There's nothing worse than attending a business meeting with soiled or torn clothing.

Make sure that you check and double check that your computer and any software programs you need to use are up and raring to go. Also, pack protective cases for any discs that must be transported. By preparing well, you will have a successful business trip which will hopefully be the first of many more.



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