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Whether you travel for business every once in a while or every week, you know that traveling comes with some real challenges. It seems that the entire process – from booking a flight to checking a bag – has become more difficult than it used to be.

That said, there’s no reason that you can’t take steps to make the traveling process as simple as possible. Here are five tips to help ensure that your trip is a good one.

Streamline Your Travel

The first thing you can do is to streamline the travel process. One good way to do that is to apply for TSA Pre-Check status (or Global Entry if you travel internationally.) It takes a while to get confirmed, but once you are you’ll spend less time waiting at security.

TSA Pre-Check flyers don’t have to remove their shoes or take their laptops out of their bags. You can go to a designated line and save precious minutes (and sometimes hours) of time.

Narrow Your Airline and Hotel Choices

If you’re in the habit of flying with many different airlines, you might be missing out on chances to upgrade and get special perks. Look at your travel history and choose the two airlines that you fly most frequently. If you’re not already a member, join their frequent flyer programs.

Then, do the same for hotels. If you travel domestically, pick one or two of the biggest hotel chains and join the hospitality programs. For business travel, you might consider Hilton or Marriott as two possibilities.

Once you’ve joined, you may be able to qualify for pre-boarding on flights and upgrades to better seats and hotel rooms. It might not seem like much, but these things add up.

Pack Smart

businessman in airplane

The next thing you can do is to be smart about how and what you pack for traveling. If you’re going on an extended trip, travel with a capsule wardrobe that includes the basics. Most business hotels have dry cleaning services so you can wear items more than once.

It’s also a good idea to bring basic over-the-counter medications like pain medication, cold medication, and antacids. You’ll be glad to have these things on hand if you need them.

Stay Healthy

It’s no secret that travelers tend to get sick more frequently than people who stay at home. It’s a byproduct of air travel and coming into contact with a large number of people. Here are some things you can do to keep healthy on the road:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat healthy food that includes lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Get a bit of exercise, either in the hotel gym or by taking a walk or run
  • Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum
  • Get plenty of sleep

The more you do to boost your health while you travel, the better off you’ll be.

Enjoy Yourself

The final tip is to have fun while you travel. Business travel might not always be a laugh, but you can usually find some time to see the sights where you’re going. Even if you only have a few hours to spare, you can consult Yelp to find a great restaurant or visit a museum.

Just as you wouldn’t spend 24 hours a day involved in business at home, you shouldn’t do it on the road either. Leisure time is important. When you make time to enjoy yourself, you’ll reduce some travel-related stress.

Conclusion

These five easy tips will ensure that your business trip goes smoothly. Instead of returning home feeling tired and stressed out, you can arrive with a clear head and a relaxed body, ready to get back to your daily routine.

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