Seven tips from seasoned business travellers

Tips and tools used by regular business travellers to make your journey more comfortable.

Seasoned travellers know the shortcuts to making any journey easier. They never seem to be carrying too much luggage and yet have everything they need. Here are seven tips from the experts.

  1. Don’t publicise your absence

  2. Despite the warnings, travellers continue to publish details of their holidays on social media. This is okay if your account is private but becomes risky if your account is public. Your suitcase is also an advertisement promoting that you are away from home. So don’t give anyone the opportunity to capture your full address to pass along to burglars. Put your first name and phone number, or PO Box address if you have one, on your external luggage tag.

    You can put a more detailed address inside your bag, if you like, for proof of ownership. Use a bright or distinctive tag you will immediately recognise to prevent mistaken identity at the baggage carousel.

  3. Kensington AbsolutePower

  4. The need for power is one of the key things many forget when travelling long haul. This accessory keeps your devices, including laptops and USB-powered devices, charged with up to 100 watts of power. It’s small, light, and comes in a range of detachable adapters that can power a range of devices, including iPhones and other smartphones, as well as almost every kind of laptop on the market. Shop online.

  5. Universal plug adapters

  6. If you’re traveling to a different country, you’ll need a number of plug adapters so any power cords you bring with you can plug-and-play instantly. If you know the country you are going to, buy at least two so your laptop and phone be charged simultaneously.

  7. Google Chromecast

  8. Google Chromecast is a cheap, USB-based device that allows you to stream video content from your laptop or smartphone over Wi-Fi connections, for quick and easy TV or movie viewing. It plugs into most modern TVs equipped with USB ports, but requires your smartphone to act as the remote control.

  9. Kindle or tablet computer

  10. Save space and weight by downloading your books and movies to a Kindle or tablet computer. That way, you don’t have to carry bulky books with you, particularly after you’ve read them. By downloading before you go, you’ll save data usage that can be precious commodity when travelling.

  11. Cloud storage

  12. Before you travel open a cloud storage account with any of the major services – Apple, Amazon, DropBox, Google. Then save your images, videos and other files to the cloud as you travel, in case you lose a device or use up all your portable storage.