As an internet professional, there are times when you are called upon to travel to a client’s location, and this often involves flying to another city. Putting together a client presentation is difficult and time-consuming enough without you having to worry about everything that can go wrong when traveling.
As a consultant, your time is extremely valuable. Time wasted on planning the trip is time taken away from billable hours. That’s why I’ve put together some travel tips that will help make your busy schedule a little easier.
A trip to make a presentation to a client is usually a day trip. So, there’s no need to pack like you are taking a week-long trip. Packing light is the key. Everything should fit in a small carry-on luggage. Only bring items that are .
Use a Packing List
If you find yourself travel often for clients, then I highly recommend that you write out a packing list composed of items that you will always need. That way, the next time you travel, just take out that list and check off the stuff as you pack them. No more worrying about what you should or should not pack. Just pack the same thing every time.
Dress For Travel
We all know how frustrating it can be to go through the airport security line. To make sure that you don’t get unnecessarily held up in the line, don’t wear anything that will set off the alarms (i.e., metal objects).
If you have to, put these items on your carry-on bag that you can easily access when you get off the plane. It’s better to put them on after you’ve arrived at your destination then having to take them off/put them back on during the security check.
Wear slip-on shoes. These days, there many stylish shoes that does not have shoe laces.
Try to check in as soon as you are able to so you can get the best seats. Ask for a seat near the front of the plane so you can get off the plane first. I don’t know about you, but I hate waiting for rows and rows of passengers to leave before I can get off the plane.
Expect the Unexpected
Travel delays seem to be the norm these days. Not a week goes by where we don’t see news of unruly passengers that cause . What’s worse, sometimes the flight gets diverted to another city.
While you cannot avoid these unforeseen circumstances, you can plan your schedule such that you are not rushing and possibly missing your flight. Don’t plan to be at your destination “right on time”. Plan to be there 1-2 hours early. Nothing looks worse to a client than you showing up late for a meeting asking for their business.
To make it less likely that you’ll face delays at the airport, get a direct flight. Also, fly on the first flight out and you won’t have to deal with the domino effect of flight delays.
I hope these tips were helpful. Just remember, failing to plan is planning to fail.