This post is a bit off the beaten path as compared to what I would normally post on this blog, but recently one of my colleagues new to the consulting field asked me to put a travel list together. So, by request, here are a few tips I have as related to business travel:

Photo from Ireland in 2013.

The Packing List

Over the years I’ve collected a few “premium” items that I wish I had purchased from day one, instead of going cheap (or not having at all). These items make travel a little more enjoyable (especially if you travel frequently).

  • Headphones – Noise canceling. Never looked back.
  • Leather Toiletry bag – I duplicate my normal toiletry set in a ready-to-go travel set.
  • Duffel bag – Great for quick trips or secondary luggage for long trips.
  • Light-weight travel pack – Great for quick trips and hiking on the weekend.
  • Travel chargers – I have a phone charger that never leaves my luggage.
  • Universal plug-in converter – essential for international travelers.
  • Luggage Strap – essential if you check your bags.
  • Shaving kit – Razor and trimmers (if you keep a beard, like I do).
  • Travelogue – If you travel a lot, write stuff down. It’s a fun way to reflect.
  • Camera – Go for a style that fits your needs. I have a high-end point-and-shoot. For others, their smartphone is enough.
  • A Good Book – 15 hours on an airplane to China requires reading material.
  • Google Translate App – This App can be used offline if no internet is available.

Other Tricks of the Trade

  • Make a copy of your passport and driver’s license. Store this somewhere secure in the cloud. If your ID is stolen while abroad it may come in handy.
  • Take a photo of your parking zone at the airport. Never lose your car again.
  • In the hotel, store items on your pillow if you’re afraid you might forget it (like your mobile phone charger).
  • Use google talk to video chat (for free, even international).
  • Run outside rather than using the treadmill. It’s a great way to see the city.
  • Prior to travel read up on your city. Checkout wiki travel, trip advisor, or lonely planet.
  • If you are traveling to the third world for the first time arrange travel from the airport with your hotel.
  • Ask for upgrades at your hotel when the staff aren’t busy. They usually say yes.
  • Hotels have free passes to a local gym if you prefer it over the Hotel’s facility.