When the occasion arises that you have to travel abroad for a business trip, people often forget some of the essentials when they go because they’re treating it as a mini holiday, rather than travelling for work purposes. Here’s a packing checklist so that you don’t forget anything important.
This should be one of the first things you pack. Often, the reason for travelling for work is to pitch to a prospective business client. Make sure that you prepare a presentation on a laptop or memory stick and put it in a safe place so that when you get to the meeting, you’re already prepared.
A wise idea is to create a failsafe plan in case technology fails when it comes to your presentation. Print off your pitch so that if needs be, you can photocopy the pages and still nail your presentation in front of your new clients.
2. Credit Card
Whatever the size of your business, it’s always wise to apply for a credit card for those purchases that pop up unexpectedly. Making sure that you take your business credit card away with you is essential in case something happens while you’re away that you need emergency money for. For example, if a natural disaster happens and you’re unable to fly home, you’re going to need a source of money to pay for food and accommodation until you can make it home. If you don’t have a credit card, you can read more on smallbusiness.creditcard about why it’s a good idea to get one for your business.
3. Business Cards
Even though you’re heading abroad for a business meeting, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do some networking while you’re over there. Hand out business cards to anyone that could potentially be a client. For example, if you’re waiting in the lobby of your hotel for your room to be ready and get chatting to someone, give them your business card to go away with and think about. Generating leads away from home could lead to a boost in business.
4. Something To Relax With
Travelling can be stressful for even the strongest of people, so make sure that you’re packing something that you can relax with at the end of a busy day. An iPod with your favourite music on might be a good idea, so that you can drift off and wind down from a stressful day.
This might even help you the night before your presentation too. Keeping calm and getting a good night of rest will help you nail that pitch in the meeting.
5. A Few Other Essentials
> Clothes (including smart attire for your meeting).
> Camera – Even though you are away on business, it’s a great opportunity to capture a part of the world for you to look back on.
> Sunscreen, if you’re going somewhere exotic.
> Cables for laptops, phone chargers and other electronic gadgets.
Following this checklist when packing for a business meeting will make sure you don’t forget anything important. Enjoy your trip!