So, you’re about to head out on your first company business trip.
Maybe you’re going to be networking with new folks from across your industry, or maybe it’s a company retreat where you’ll be hobnobbing with your coworkers more intimately than before.
Either way, it’s natural to be a little nervous. Here are a few tips to make sure your business travel goes smoothly.
Even if you usually just throw everything in a duffel bag and go, it’s worth it to prepare a little more than usual for your business trip. Make sure you have all your business clothes pressed and ready, and take care of anything you’re missing well in advance. Your preparation will help you stay calm while you’re traveling.
Research Your Company’s Travel Policy
No matter how you usually travel, your company probably has some specific rules about how, when, and where. Take the time to read your organization’s travel handbook, and prepare appropriately.
Check to make sure your passport is at the ready and up to date. Take note of what you can and can’t write off as a business travel expense, and keep in mind any rules about your conduct during the upcoming trip.
Make Time for Yourself
Even though it’s certainly important to spend quality time with your coworkers and supervisor(s) during your business trip, make time to rest and recharge. Stay rested, and get a good night’s sleep. Leave some wiggle room in your schedule for relaxation and naps.
Keep Track of Your Expenses
Your company will probably ask for all of your expenses during your trip so that you can be repaid. Keep track of all your expenses carefully, and make sure to keep your receipts so you can have them available later.
Make sure you exercise, hydrate, and eat nutritious meals regularly during your work trip. Taking care of yourself will help you make sure you’re on top of things and at your best at all times.
Write Out a Schedule
It’s worth it to write out the logistics of your trip, from travel to the actual business trip, beforehand. You don’t want something like a missed flight or confusion about a conference time to derail and frazzle you.
Stay in Control
It should go without saying, but sometimes it can be tempting to let loose a little too much during a work trip. You might be tempted to drink and party a bit too hard, especially if you’re nervous or stressed.
Stick to a pre-determined drink limit. Unwind, but stay in control of yourself at all times.