Traveling is Great, When You Are Prepared
Traveling is a large part of many jobs out there, and it can be very stressful. Of course, there are ways to make it easier on yourself. Here are some tricks we've compiled to make traveling easier and more fun.
Business cards come in handy in many ways when you travel.
Clean out your wallet before heading out your front door. Traveling lightly does include your wallet. You don’t really need all of those extra cards on your trip. Plus, if your wallet is stolen there are fewer cards to notify and cancel.
- Make sure that your luggage tag has your business card in it and not your home information. Why announce that your home might be empty? Also, toss another business card inside your luggage. Besides, if you need someone to assist in responding to lost luggage, your office can be a great help. Remember them when you are at the airport gift shop on the way home!
- How many bags do you really need? Checking a bag costs anywhere from $25 to $50, and most of the time, it's not necessary. Work on consolidating your items to fit in one checked bag! It's cost-conscious, and it gives you less stuff to lug around the airport. Remember to always leave a little bit of empty space in your luggage. Who doesn’t stop to pick up something while traveling?
Take a photo on your phone of your luggage and contents before securing them. If you need to declare what you actually had in your bag it’s all right there.
- When you have checked in at the desk and gotten your ticket(s), look to see if you are listed as eligible for TSA Pre ✔ (if you have not already paid for this option). It’s so much quicker to breeze through TSA without removing your shoes, jacket, computer, liquids, etc. If you don’t do TSA’s Pre ✔, be prepared for screening as you enter the TSA checkpoint area.
- Check in 24 hours before your flight online or through an app on your phone. Most airlines now have phone applications where you can log in using your name and confirmation number, and it allows you to not only check in and download your mobile boarding pass, but you can also upgrade your seating options if you want to, and add checked bags to your account, which saves you even more time.
- Take a photo of your parking spot number with your cell phone. You will have it handy when you are searching for your car after you get back.
- Keep snacks and an empty water bottle in your carry-on. You can fill the water bottle up after you are through the TSA checkpoint.
- If you can fit it, carry a blanket with you onto the plane! Typically, planes get very cold once they're up in the air, and a lot of airlines don't provide blankets anymore, unless you're on a very long flight. Even if you don't end up using the blanket as a blanket, it can be rolled up and used as a pillow.
- Along that note, dress in layers for your trip. Planes will either be too warm or too cool by some people’s standards, and this allows you to adjust to the temperature.
- When stressed, take a deep breath. Then take another one. This is so much easier than apologizing for things said in frustration.
Knowing these tips can make traveling a much more pleasant experience from the start of the trip (actual packing and prepping) to the end (finding where you parked your car). Here at Eugene, Cascades & Coast, our staff can assist you with tips for making your event flow from start to finish. From the planning stages, months in advance, to following up with delegates after the event with post-event questionnaires, the entire process runs more smoothly when you work with us. Just like with traveling, knowing who to contact and when can make your life so much easier.
So give us a call! CVBs are your human Google – we have all the resources you need and are here to help.