On the Ground #TravelHacks for an Easier Business Trip

Business travel to new or distant locations may sound exciting and glamorous, but new surroundings can affect health and work routines – potentially keeping you from performing at your best. Use these #TravelHacks once you arrive to help you take care of business – and yourself – while on the road.

Make the Unfamiliar Familiar – No matter how many nights you spend on the road, the unfamiliarity of new surroundings can lead to restless nights – even in the fanciest hotel rooms. If you’re sensitive to sounds, let the hotel know – they may have a room available away from hallway noises and elevator doors. If a quieter room isn’t possible, download a white noise app to help cover up unfamiliar sounds. To block light, always pack an eye mask, and use clothing or towels to block out lights from electronics or from under the door. Another pro tip is to use binder clips to keep curtains shut. Keep the room at the same temperature as your home, and adjust the thermostat as soon as you arrive to ensure it reaches the proper temperature before bedtime.

Keep Up Healthy Routines – Don’t let business travel interrupt diet, exercise and sleep routines. Bring a reusable water bottle in your carry-on bag and refill it as often as possible. Be sure to pack healthy snacks such as nuts and protein bars to help keep you energized, and stick to healthy menu items when eating out. Bring workout clothes and take advantage of the hotel gym or pool to get in a bit of exercise. Or better yet, take a walk or run around the city and enjoy some site-seeing.

Create an Office Space – Checking email and responding on the fly helps keep business moving, but you may overlook an important message, and distractions lead to errors. Instead, you’ll be much more productive if you can recreate an office space in your hotel room or destination where you can hunker down and concentrate. Keep the area clear of luggage and toiletries so that it resembles your office desk as much as possible. If needed, visit a nearby office supply store to pick up any necessary supplies, such as high-quality copy paper, to make sure the work you produce on the road is just as top-notch as the work you do in the office. Boise POLARIS® Premium Multipurpose paper is ideal for client-facing documents, and it’s 99.99% Jam-Free guarantee helps ensure that no matter what printer you end up having to use, you won’t be dealing with paper jam issues.

Stay Positive – A positive attitude is the first step to a stress-free travel experience. Accept the fact that things may not go as planned – weather delays, itinerary changes and long days may throw you off your game. However, when an issue arises, airline and hotel staff are much more prone to provide an upgrade or assist when asked politely.