According to Tripit Pro, I’ve traveled about a quarter of a million miles to over one hundred locations since joining their service a few years back. I know plenty of people who have traveled more, but I feel like this is still enough experience to dole out some advice on the art of business travel. Here are some top tips to make your trip a bit smoother.
1. Upon checking in to your hotel, take a picture of your room number with your phone. This will help you avoid embarrassing late night conversations with the lobby staff when you can’t remember your room number. I can’t help you if you lost your key.
3. Don’t implode on Twitter. Look, we all know United sucks. Their reputation is already in the trash can. You’re not really hurting them when you go off on a multi-post Twitter-rant about how your flight was cancelled. It’s perfectly ok and quite cathartic to tweet a joke about it or something, but don’t go to crazy. The only reputation you stand to harm is your own.
5. Know your 311 rules. Here it is from the TSA: 3-1-1 for carry-ons. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. Notice, it does not specify what kind of liquids.
6. Print your ticket. Yeah, the whole paperless ticket on your phone is cool but I print my ticket for two reasons. First, printed tickets don’t consume phone battery power. Second, because why do I want to hand my phone to a TSA agent who has just touched like a thousand other frickin’ phones before me? You might say the same thing about tickets, but nobody is holding their tickets up to their faces. That TSA guy is wearing gloves for a reason.
7. Has United ever cancelled your direct flight, then rerouted you through Denver with a six hour layover? I know the feeling. At least there’s some crazy stuff to go look at while you are there. This is also a good time to remind you about point 3.
9. Pack your laptop power cable in your suitcase instead of your computer bag. You’ll be surprised how much lighter the bag will feel. I know you keep telling yourself you are going to work on the plane, but come on… Besides, modern laptops last half the day without a power cord.
10. Get your shoes shined at the airport. This is one thing to do at the airport that really doesn’t cost any more than it would around town. Plus, it’s a great way to kill time while your stuck waiting for yet another United delay.
On a side note, do you like the icons I used in this post? They came from Freepik and worked out pretty great. The only place I had a problem was on point 8. This set didn’t have an iPhone related icon so I used a snowmobile. Why? Because snowmobiles are awesome.