Ten Tips For The Weary Business Traveler

Whether one is traveling for work or leisure, it can be an painful ordeal trying to get from point A to point B. Airports, planes and security check in lines are more crowded than ever and everyone needs to consider any way to lessen the stress and burdens associated with traveling.

Following is a quick list of travel tips for the weary business traveler to consider. Some tips are obvious, but still worth repeating.

Travel Light: The days of check-in are over. Pack light and limit your luggage to a couple of soft leather carry on bags rather than a roller piece of carry on luggage. One for the overhead and one for under the seat. The roller type carry-on luggage is more likely to be a required check-in item.

Travel Wrinkle Free: Try to pack clothes that are less likely to wrinkle. Pack a few Snuggle softener sheets that you use in your home dryer. Take any wrinkled items and toss them in the hotel dryer for ten minutes with a moisten Snuggles sheet and see the wrinkles fade away.

Airport Parking: To remember your parking spot just use your cell phone and photo the location of where your car will be when you return a week later.

Check In Online: If you are not checking in luggage, save time and check-in headaches by checking in online, now offered by all the airlines.

Security Checks: Avoid lines with the obvious tourist travelers. Lines with obvious male business travelers will move much quicker.

VIP Clubs: For the travel warrior, or those vacationing with kids, the VIP clubs like American Airline’s Admirals Club are a must. They now offer day and monthly passes to non-members. A most relaxing place to wait for delayed flights and rescheduling canceled flights.

Eat With The Pros: The airport regulars, pilots and the flight attendants, will direct you to the best eating spots in the airport terminal.

Boingo: For $7.00 a month you have wifi internet access for your in-flight and airport internet use on your ipad with a Boingo subscription.

Portable Power Plug: Plug in receptacles are often hard to find at airports. A small power cord with multiple sockets will allow you to share a plug-in with a new friend.

Upgrades: Don’t be shy and not ask for an upgrade, or purchase one at a nominal price. Always ask for a flight upgrade to business or first class (or the executive floor at the hotel), especially if you’re a frequent flyer member.