Cutline's Chloe K. shares a few things we can do to make business travel as enjoyable as possible.
Many of us have a love hate relationship with business travel. While some may revel in the opportunity to pack their bags and jet off at the drop of a hat (cough, cough, me!), others may consider business travel to be a chore. Nonetheless, wherever your feelings fall on the spectrum of required work travel, there are a few things you can do to make the experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Don’t worry, Cutline is here to help!
Just like anything else, being prepared for a flight can make a world of difference, especially when you’re carrying on (as many pro-business travelers frequently do!). Carry-on bags with wheels, as simple as it may seem, are a must. You don’t want to be that person scrummaging through their multiple over-the-shoulder bags attempting to find their ID while their socks fall to the floor - that’s not you! Keep your important documents (I’m talking boarding pass, ID, reservations) in a small purse so you’ll know exactly where to find them when you get to the front of security. You’ll thank us later!
Layover? Get Up and Move.
If you’re one of the lucky ones with a layover on your schedule (wink, wink), try to at least take advantage! Layovers are a great time to get moving, stretch your legs, and counteract all that sitting you’ve been doing on the plane. Don’t worry, you won’t miss your flight (that’s what your airline's app is for) and you’d be surprised at what you’ll find while you explore. Go get your steps in; your body will thank you at your final destination.
There’s nothing worse than walking on to a plane, quickly realizing that there’s no offered in-flight entertainment and remembering you haven’t teed up any movies, e-books or music to keep yourself busy. WiFi on board, as we all know, is also notorious for being expensive and slow. If you’re a Netflix user, you can pre-download your favorite shows and movies to view with no internet needed! Same goes for Spotify Premium, which lets you listen to your favorite playlist when you’re 30,000 ft. up and disconnected from the world.
Beating Jet Lag.
While there’s no cure for jet lag, there are a few things you can do to reduce the severity of its effects. Depending on where you’re heading, you can attempt to sync up your sleeping schedule to your destination the night before (would only recommend this for locations 3 hours ahead and under). If you’re taking a redeye, get some shut eye! Melatonin and an eye mask can help with that. Once you’ve arrived, make sure to get fresh air, eat at proper meal times, and keep tabs on your nearest coffee shop.
And that’s a wrap. Happy (and safe) travels from your favorite Cutline crew!