Eric Pulier is many things: an entrepreneur, technologist, columnist, published author, public speaker, philanthropist, and founder of over fifteen companies, along with being a father of four and sitting on the Innovation Board for the XPRIZE foundation. It’s safe to say that Eric Pulier is no stranger to traveling.
Pulier knows all about the stresses of planning a business trip and is here to provide some insider tips to make sure your next trip is as easy as the boardroom presentation. Whether you plan to travel for the purpose of meeting with global colleagues or gaining new clients, the following 12 business travel tips can help you plan a successful trip:
1. Create a checklist.
Creating a checklist is the best way to ensure that you have everything you need upon arrival. You do not want to arrive at your destination only to realize that you neglected to pack an extra tie or pair of shoes. Make sure you make a list that includes both dress and casual clothes, your laptop and all necessary accessories, a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb and razor.
While it is true that some hotel clerks are happy to accommodate you with toiletries, you may not appreciate using off brands. If you plan to travel in Europe, you may want to bring a couple of washcloths. Some of the hotel rooms located in foreign countries do not offer these amenities.
Take advantage of using a GPS map for directions. You can also use an app to find nearby restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. Benefit from an app offering quick translations from a foreign language into English. Pulier knows a thing or two about apps, being an entrepreneur out of Silicon Valley. Take a look at some of Eric’s favorite travel apps here.
3. Use carry-on luggage instead of storing your bags in storage.
You do not want to take any chances when the topic turns toward retrieving your luggage. Buy carry-on bags complying with the airline’s regulations. With your bags close by, Pulier says you can think about your business meetings instead of worrying about losing your shirts.
4. Make arrangements for installing free Wi-Fi hot spot apps on your cell phone or iPhone.
Once you install Wi-Fi hot spot apps, you have access to numerous free hot spots enabling you to look up important information online. You can also buy a pass enabling you to use airport lounges in numerous countries. Offering business centers featuring computers and printers along with hot coffee and snacks, airport lounges help you relax while you wait for the plane to arrive.
5. Research prices for airline tickets, hotel rooms and vehicle rentals.
Reduce your costs when you take advantage of websites offering discount rates for most of your travel requirements. Treat yourself to a few gourmet dinners and a new designer business suit with the money you save.
6. Prepare ahead of time for security checks.
If you are like most people, you dread the thought of having to stand in line for a lengthy period while waiting for a security guard to check your luggage. Prepare in advance by packing liquids that meet with airport and government rules. Remember that you are going to have to remove your shoes. Bearing this fact in mind, wear appropriate shoes.
7. Obtain a credit card with an embedded chip.
Merchants located in many European countries prefer credit cards embedded with chips. Many American banks are now supplying customers with chip-embedded cards. If you still have the old-fashioned credit card devoid of the chip, ask a bank representative to mail you the more modern version.
If you do not have a credit card with an embedded chip, you may find that foreign merchants refuse to accept your card. Unless you bring extra cash with you on your trip, you will not have the ability to make purchases. In addition, it is a good idea to bring traveler’s checks with you in case of an emergency.
8. Use a credit card free from foreign transaction fees.
If you want to avoid paying an additional transaction fee every time you use your credit card, obtain a card that does not enforce the extra charge. Traveling always involves a certain amount of expenditures. Consequently, it does not make any sense to make purchases and pay additional fees simply because you are traveling in a foreign country.
Travel in style when you accumulate extra travel points. You can use the points for future airline tickets, hotel rooms and other expenses. You do not need to pay any membership fees to join a frequent travel program.
10. Bring chewing gum or candy with you on the airplane.
Chewing a piece of gum or sucking on candy can prevent your ears from getting clogged when the plane takes off or lands. This simple and inexpensive preventative is a must whenever you travel by air. Take it from Pulier, there’s nothing worse than rolling into your big meeting with your ears clogged from a long flight.
11. Bring a large variety pack box of energy bars on the plane.
In addition, bring trail mix and any other natural snacks that provide you with additional vitality.
12. Buy a travel pillow.
Although the airline may provide you with a pillow, you may find that your own travel pillow is more comfortable. Eric’s most important rule: Traveling in style and comfort is of the utmost importance.