Business Travel Hacks
If you’re a seasoned business traveller, you’ve probably been through it all — wrinkly clothes, jet lag, flight delays, and more turbulence than you care to remember. But with a little pre-flight planning, you can turn those business miles into stress-free, productive trips, and even clock your miles for your own benefit. Here’s how.
Ideally, avoid checking in baggage so you don’t waste time at baggage claim or have to deal with a lost suitcase.
- – Materials such as polyester, nylon, and tencel are more wrinkle-resistant than cotton and linen. A polyester-mix piece will retain the crisp feel of cotton or linen while significantly reducing wrinkles.
- – If you must bring cotton, bring a handheld garment steamer, especially if you don’t have an expense budget for dry-cleaning. These are readily available at electronic department stores like Harvey Norman and Best Denki.
- – When packing your clothes, choose colours that can be mixed and matched easily.
- – Always bring a formal dinner outfit in case of last-minute functions.
- – Make use of packing cubes — available at travel stores or Muji — to better organise and maximise your suitcase.
Stay safe and sound
Misplaced your passport or travelling with a cold?
- – Scan your passport, ID, and itinerary, and email them to yourself. Or, print them and keep them folded in your suit pocket.
- – Ask your company’s travel rep for travel insurance — flight delays and cancellations are more common than you think.
- – Call your credit or debit card company to confirm your card is authorised for your destination to avoid any long-distance phone calls.
- – Use a hand sanitiser routinely. Alternatively, you can use wet wipes. Savvy travellers always sanitise three things before settling down on the plane: the handheld remote control; passenger tray, and seat arms.
- – Always bring along medications and vitamins in case of emergencies: aspirin for headaches, anti-histamines for allergies and the sniffles, and anti-diarrhoea pills.
Save time and money
Staying on budget and avoiding jet lag are totally possible.
- – Research suggests frequent travellers can suffer from reduced mental capacity, increased stress, and decreased productivity. General care tips always include avoiding alcohol and caffeine, moving on the plane, and staying hydrated. Adjust to your time zone the minute you board your flight — if you leave on a redeye but it’s 6am where you’re headed, avoid sleep and work through the flight instead.
- – Avoid OTC sleeping pills and use a natural melatonin supplement when you find yourself unable to sleep at the right time.
- – Ask your travel rep to book you in a hotel that’s under a major hotel chain, like the Starwood or Hilton Groups, to earn points for every trip you make. As your points accumulate, you’ll be entitled to several benefits including lower rates, guaranteed lounge access, and complimentary room upgrades. You can also use points to redeem hotel stays for your private travel.
- – Keep track of your expenses by bringing a folder for all your receipts and documents, or using a planner mobile application like Travefy.
- – Fly the same airline every time you’re going abroad so you’ll accumulate flying miles. If you fly with Singapore Airlines, consider joining their KrisFlyer or PPS Club, where you’ll get to enjoy special fares, promotions, and access to various airport lounges. Alternatively, you could also join the frequent flyer program at Star Alliance and enjoy similar privileges for various airlines across the world.
- – Make full use of transit lounges if you have to get work done. Check in early and get away from the crowds while enjoying the use of the meeting rooms, complimentary food, and Internet connection. Changi Airport currently has three main lounges: the SilverKris Lounge, KrisFlyer Gold Lounge, and First Class Reception.
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