As a company who are proud to serve our corporate clients who travel, we really do understand just how important the thorough organisation of every trip is. We provide a service focussed on one area of the business trip; to ensure the traveller arrives safely and on time to their destination, whether that be an airport or to another location within the UK.
As we have a significant insight into our travellers requirements, we thought we would prepare this useful blog with our top 5 tips to help make your next business trip a successful one.
Preparation is Key
Make sure you are prepared. Write a checklist of all the items you need during the course of a normal working day such as chargers, computer mouse, these are things that can be easily forgotten but are crucial to the smooth running of your day. Once you have a list, keep it in a safe place so you can use it each time you travel so you never forget the essentials.
Make a clear schedule of timings and what you want to achieve from the trip, this will help you get the most out of your trip and keep you focussed.
If you travel regularly, it is easy to mislay documents, so keep them organised. Keep a file for all the relevant documents you need such as passport, business cards, travel insurance, boarding passes and work documents you require for your business trip.
Keeping all these essential documents together will mean they can be found easily, without any last minute panics that you may have forgotten something important.
Whether you are travelling abroad or within the UK, ensure your travel is booked with reputable companies. Your chauffeur company has a duty of care to look after their passengers and should adhere to national standards and best safety practices. This ensures your driver has been rigorously vetted and trained, with behind the scenes support should there be any last minute changes.
Travelling light is the secret of many business travellers. The fewer items you carry, the easier it will be to go through security at airports. There will also be no waiting around at the baggage carousel, so you can navigate through the airport far quicker.
Give Yourself Time
There is nothing worse than arriving to your destination or meeting late. Always make sure you allow yourself extra time in case of delays getting through the airport or being stuck in traffic.
If possible, instead of rushing from the airport to a meeting, book a hotel the night before so you can allow yourself time to prepare for the meeting and arrive refreshed.
Poor internet quality could cost you time, cause stress and potentially ruin a business trip. Not only may you need to work or conduct additional research prior to your meeting, you will also want to keep in touch with business and home. The quality of the internet connection can be key to making your trip successful.
Research the wi-fi quality before you travel so you can judge if it will be sufficient for your requirements and plan effectively. If you are spending time in an executive car to and from your destination, check if you will also have connectivity in the vehicle, this would mean you could also utilise the time spent while travelling.
Finally, as with every trip you take, wherever possible, try to take adequate rest, exercise, eat healthily and stay hydrated. This will optimise your effectiveness and results, making your business trip a successful one!