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10 Tips for Efficient Business Travel

Don’t let a business trip overwhelm you.

Between planning for presentations and meetings, following airline guidelines and packing your luggage, getting ready for a business trip can seem like a project of its own. Keep your workload to a minimum and maximize the time you have by using the following tips to help you pack, travel and enjoy your trip to the fullest.

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1. Keep essentials packed at all times.

If you are on the go often, like Jonathan Spira, editorial director of Frequent Business Traveler, avoid forgetting crucial items such as toiletries and charging cables for electronics by keeping them in your travel bag at all times. You may have to replenish some of these items every couple of trips, but the less you have to worry about while preparing for a business trip, the better, Spira says.

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2. Bring disposable items to save space later.

Including a couple end-of-life pieces like old T-shirts or socks in your travel bag serves two purposes: One, it can help you clean out your closet at home, and two, by discarding items before returning from your trip, you make more room in your bag. “You can’t necessarily do this on every trip if you travel a lot, but if [you] shed items along the way it makes room for anything you accumulate,” Spira says.

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10 Tips For The Beginner Traveler

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For the past two years I’ve lived and worked in over a dozen countries, spending most of the year as a digital nomad living out of a backpack. It’s awesome. I talk to a lot of people back home that have never traveled, and have lots of questions about the basics. I compiled these into 10 tips to make that first international adventure go as smoothly as possible.

1) Start somewhere easy

Some places are easier to travel to than others. If this is your first time out of the country, it might be worth considering one of the easier destinations over, say 6 weeks on Bouvet Island or a quick jaunt up K2. But hey, if that’s what you want, go for it.

If you’re curious, check out 5 Easiest Places For The Novice International Traveler.

2) Get your phone sorted out

There are few things more freeing than an unlocked smartphone. If your phone is unlocked you can get, probably, a local SIM card for cheap high-speed data, wherever you go. Forget overpriced travel data plans like those from Sprint and Verizon. Local SIM cards are the way to go.

Unless you have T-Mobile . Their Simple Choice plans get you unlimited international data in nearly every country. It’s pretty slow, however. I wrote about them in The Best Cellular Plan for Travelers.

Otherwise, check out Are Travel SIM Cards Worth It?.

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