Quick Travel Tips For The Busy Motivational Speaker
….who checks a bag. I’m not a miracle worker. I have yet to figure out how to get “all of this” into a carry on. So these are some travel tips for the speaker who must check a bag so she can bring her cowboy boots.
- Make airline arrangements one month in advance to get the best price.
- When you check in, go pick your seat, if your airline allows it.
- Try to stick to the same airline and hotel and rental companies – to get more points and perks.
- Keep your suitcase “condiments” packed. Have an entire set of duplicate toiletries always packed in your bag so you’re never packing and repacking. I keep one makeup kit sitting in that suitcase that I use every day at home or travel. When I get home from a trip and unpack my clothes, I check to see if any toiletries need refilling.
- Don’t change your outfit choice the day before your trip. I’m a fan of wearing different things – but the day you pack is too late. Choose the outfit where you know automatically what goes with it – jewelry, socks, shoes, etc. Pick changing it up to a different day.
- Make all your outfits use the same jewelry, shoes, belts, etc. Jewelry can be heavy. Especially the cheap kind like I wear.
- Print your flight and travel information and put it in your bag. Technology sometimes fails.
- Pack some snacks. Airport food is expensive and not always healthy. And did I say expensive?
- Bring an empty bottle (can’t bring liquids through TSA) and refill with water. Healthier than sodas. And cheaper.
- Check connection times. Give yourself enough time to connect to your next flight without having to run.
- Ask your hotel if you can get a microwave and fridge in the room, and go buy groceries. Cheaper than room service and eating out all the time.
- Bring single dollars and/or fives for tips.
- Bring a plug splitter so you can plug several things in at once. Plugs are often hard to find in an airport or a hotel room.
- Dress as if they are going to lose your luggage. Then at least you have one nice outfit.
- Put a comfortable pair of shoes in your purse or carry on bag. Flip flops can be a life saver.
- Keep a set of important toiletries in that carry on purse or bag – medications, contact solution, glasses, etc. In case your luggage is lost.
- Carry the client’s information with you so you don’t have to dig for it when you tell them you have arrived, or need help.
- Get apps to help you find local restaurants (I like grub hub) that deliver to your hotel.
- Get a GPS app to help you find places around you.
- Check out Uber -it’s a new type of cab company that people are raving about. It’s an app and it’s supposed to be safe.
- Plan to arrive the day before an event if you can. Never take the last flight out. Too risky.
- Bring work with you. Layovers and delays and flights are great places to get work done.
- When I leave, I forward phones so I don’t miss business calls.
- When you have an upcoming trip, keep a pad of paper by your computer where you start to write down things you want to remember to pack. It’s a life saver when it comes to packing day.
- Have a routine you follow. I like to keep the day before I travel with little commitments, so I can work through my list of pre-trip events.
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