When travelling for business, it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference or impact. Most well seasoned business travellers have their favourite things to take, but this list will escalate you to true executive level.
Noise cancelling headphones
Flying is usually the largest and most disruptive part of any business traveller’s itinerary. For a regular traveller, they may spend much of their working lives on planes. It’s impossible to overemphasise the benefits of a good pair of noise cancelling headphones, as they allow you to block out ambient noise, actually hear your music or movies, and even have an uninterrupted sleep as they still block out aircraft noise even if you’re not listening to anything. As a result, you’ll reach your destination feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Travel wash bag
This differs to your usual wash bag as it should be much smaller and more compact. Take mini toiletries rather than your regular items. Many travel wash bags also have essentials kits which include nail clippers, combs, and other personal grooming accessories. Toiletries can take up too much space, so don’t fall into this trap.
Slim and powerful, an iPad allows you to store important documents, reading material, and even movies. It is almost as good as a PC or laptop for checking your emails, and you can even Skype your family from your hotel room.
Multiple time zone watch
For the regular time zone traveller, a watch that shows and adjusts to different time zones will be a lifesaver. It will ensure you don’t miss flights or appointments by relying on mental calculations, and it will help you pre-plan your synching for arrival (your sleep time, for example).
Luggage and tags
The expert business traveller should always have a light, compact yet sturdy bag that ideally fits in the overhead compartment. There’s nothing quite like disembarking and going straight to the taxi rank. If you do need to check in your luggage, a large, unique tag will help your bag stand out.
Use your tablet with precision. A stylus can prevent fatigue and unlock a greater level of efficiency from your tablet. It’s always good to have a spare as inevitably, one will go missing at some stage.
A USB hub will help you connect your peripherals more easily every time you set up your mobile workstation, and will even allow you to charge all your devices from your laptop at once.
Just because you’re on the road, it doesn’t mean your ergonomics should suffer. Stay productive and comfortable with a stand for your tablet or laptop.
Don’t get stranded without power. Use a mobile charger in your rental car to ensure your devices are always online and ready to go.
Sometimes, you’ll find yourself in a different office needing to connect your laptop to peripherals that may have an older serial port. This is a cable that should sit in your laptop bag for these situations. All you need is a spare USB port on your computer and you can connect to a printer, monitor, or any other legacy device.
Need a Bluetooth connection on a device that doesn’t have inbuilt Bluetooth? This tiny adaptor will solve all of your problems, providing a Bluetooth connection for these situations.
This keyboard will be compatible with any corporate system, and on the road it will allow you to work as efficiently as you do in the office.
Small enough to carry in your laptop bag, a wireless mouse is essential in maintaining efficiency and preventing RSI based symptoms associated with extended trackpad use.
Find yourself working from your hotel bed or the sofa at the airport lounge? A lap mat will provide extra comfort on your lap, with the added benefit of keeping both you and your laptop cool.
Be prepared with your own presentation tools when visiting clients or other offices. A compact presenter should always sit in your bag, and one with a slide clicker and laser pointer will add another dimension to your presentations.
This sounds obvious, but always remember to carry a laptop charger when travelling. Some are particularly lightweight and slim, perfect for travelling and it’s worth getting a spare and just keeping in your laptop bag at all times.
Being on the road and working out of hotels, lounges, and foreign offices, it’s important to keep your devices safe. A cable lock will allow you to secure your devices. It can also come in handy when you need to leave your bags unattended at a hotel concierge as you can lock them together, or even lock them up in your room to prevent theft.
An important tool for many business people who find themselves working on the go, a privacy screen ensures you can read confidential documents and information in public without having to worry about the person next to you reading over your shoulder.
We know how disorganised business trips can get, even when you prepare yourself beforehand. A travel docking station can save you the trouble of having to scramble around looking for the different cables you need, with a single fast USB3.0 connection from your laptop to workspace peripherals. Save space and time trying to find those pesky cables!
Perfect for those hot, humid areas where you can’t escape the heat and feel your laptop burning on your thighs. A chill mat disperses the heat using dual fans, preventing the laptop from overheating and encouraging maximum comfort so you can work longer hours. The chill mats are ergonomically designed and have rubber stops to prevent them from slipping beneath your laptop. Simply plug them into your USB port to begin.
This list of accessories is sure to make even the most seasoned business traveller a true veteran in the field. Stay organised, be productive and notice the difference it makes to your travel, no matter how frequently you fly.