Traveling for business can quickly become stressful if you’re not prepared. Taking a few essential steps ahead of time will help you make the most out of your business trip. Use these six tips to reduce the stress of traveling for business.
1. Talk Yourself Into Staying Calm
It may sound corny, but managing your mental state makes all the difference when you’re traveling. Anytime you travel, so many things are out of your control. You can’t control large, slow-moving crowds or delays in the airport. You can’t do anything about screaming children or neglectful parents (no matter how badly you want to.) Mentally preparing yourself to deal with things out of your control will help reduce your stress levels.
Part of managing your mental state is bringing items that will help you stay calm. For example, listening to music or reading a good book may be the only way for you to escape while you wait for your flight. Staying calm and focusing on your breathing will help you deal with obstacles that come your way. If you have a favorite podcast, load up a few episodes before you leave.
2. Protect The Items Essential To Your Trip
When you’re traveling for business, there are certain items you just can’t afford to forget. Forgetting one simple item can throw your entire trip off. Remember to make copies of your passport, boarding pass, drivers license, car rental agreement and other essential documents. Try and use the copies where you can instead of exposing the real document.
You also can’t afford to forget the essential accessories that are going to make your trip better. If music is your key to staying calm, make sure you have an extra phone charger. Remember to charge your devices the night before so you can begin your journey on a full battery. It’s worth it to bring extra toothbrushes and basic toiletries. Bring these all in your carry on so they’re readily accessible.
3. Prioritize Your Rest
If you’re not sleeping, your performance is going to suffer. Sacrificing your sleep on an overseas trip is always going to cause trouble. The last thing you want to do is nod off in an important meeting – a meeting you crossed the ocean to attend. If you’re having trouble sleeping, make sure your start exercising and eating well.
4. Bring Snacks With You
If you don’t already bring snacks with you when you’re traveling, this is a game-changing tip. It is infinitely easier to stay calm when your blood sugar isn’t hovering near zero. Anytime you’re crossing time zones or dealing with flight delays; you need a snack to keep you going. When choosing your snacks, look for things that won’t melt, crumble, expire or make a mess. Granola bars, popcorn, and dried fruit are some quick and easy snacks you can bring along.
5. Find Time To Exercise On The Road
Exercise is what’s going to allow you to maintain your sanity, especially if you’re crossing time zones. A lot of people freak out when they hear the word “exercise.” Don’t. All you need is a simple 10 – 15-minute walk to keep the blood flowing in your body properly. Of course, the more exercise you get, the better.
Walking is a great exercise for many reasons. First, walking gives you a chance to explore the area around your hotel. Secondly, walking is easy on your body, and you don’t need any equipment. Finally, walking will increase blood flow and help you maintain mental clarity during your trip. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, going for a long walk will help.
6. Don’t Assume You Know Any Of The Requirements
Making assumptions because you’ve traveled before is bound to get you into trouble. Don’t assume offhand that you know the visa requirements for new countries. Trying to arrange an emergency visa will stress you out and completely throw off your plans. Don’t wait until you arrive to call the car rental company. Try getting an emergency visa during one of the popular holidays overseas – this is the quickest way to drive yourself insane.