I’m heading out this afternoon to Atlanta for a week of job-related training. Job related training as in a Tax training (I’m a tax accountant by day). It’ll be a week of hotel living and eating out. I don’t travel very much for work so I try to enjoy it. Truthfully, most of my week will be spent in a conference room listening to presentations. I doubt we’ll have much time to be out exploring the city. I’m not complaining though. I’ll take full advantage of the fact that my employer is willing to fly me across the country and pay for my hotel so I can learn. Might as well enjoy it. My flight leaves in about 4 hours and I still need to pack. Here are my tips for work travel:
Know the Agenda
Make sure you know what to expect before you go on your trip. Are there any excursions planned? Will there be a formal dinner at some point? It is important to know these things before so that you pack the proper clothing. You don’t want to be stuck outside in 100 degree heat with only formal suit or only pack light clothing for a cold climate. Having the right clothing will help you be comfortable during your trip.
I will be on my computer for much of this upcoming conference. I plan on taking an extra 10 minutes to make sure I have everything I need for my computer, phone, etc. I do not want to find myself without the proper charger or something. Feeling unprepared for work is really stressful!
At my first job, we were given a really interesting lecture about appearances and business travel. We were told that while we travel for work, we still represent our company. It’s important that you remember this and look professional. Wearing yoga pants while you travel for work-related purposes was not appropriate in their eyes. To be honest, I agree with them. If you’re getting paid to travel and be somewhere, travelling is part of work. You don’t have to be wearing a suit to look professional. Just make sure you look clean and presentable. My travel outfit will likely be jeans, blouse and sweater. Don’t look like you just rolled out of bed.
I have allergies. I’ve heard that Georgia has very high pollen counts so I’m bringing allergy medication in case I need it. I do not want to be the person constantly sneezing with the watery eyes and red puffy skin . Another important medicine that I have with me at all times is ibuprofen. Because who can work/focus/concentrate/function with a headache? Not me.
Packing for a work-related trip is all about being prepared. I want to utilize this week to learn and build my knowledge. I won’t be able to learn if I’m not prepared and not comfortable. There’s hardly anything more stressful for me than feeling unprepared so take you time while packing to make sure you have everything you need.
Do you travel for work? What are your work related travel tips?