Concerns about business travel have left many scanning news headlines and feeling none the wiser. While travelers are increasingly confident that hotels, ride-sharing companies, and airports have safety and security measures in place, we don’t always know what to consider and how to prepare for a trip.
There’s a ton of advice out there and not all of it is accurate. Like with many things in life, less is more. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by contradictory information, just remember the 3 Ps: Pack strategically, plan ahead, and be patient.
- Pack strategically (and light)
We’re going to have to accept a temporary pause on the luxury of packing our suitcase with outfits and accessories for every eventuality, from an invitation to go on a Segway tour with the CEO to impromptu after-dinner salsa dancing.
The best way to travel is to pack exactly what you need and nothing more. Bag your liquids at home, don’t wear jewelry that could set off the security checks, wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off, and roll your clothes instead of folding them.
Pack necessities such as your mask and sanitizer in an easy-access compartment like a shoulder bag.
- Plan ahead
Stick with one or two reputable and official sources of information. We’ve created a simple business travel tool that tells you which countries’ borders are open, partially open, or closed, any health documents you may need, and quarantine rules.
- Be patient
Usually, patience is a virtue. Now, it’s a necessity. You may encounter people who have never heard of physical distancing. You may have to factor in extra time for mandatory screenings, slightly longer waits for transportation, and seats at a restaurant. Think of the extra time as an opportunity to listen to a fascinating podcast or read in peace.
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