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When I started my career in HR I used to like business trips. In those days they were rare and we got to stay in luxury hotels back in the early 2000. Nowadays with cost-cutting, tight security and being over 40 years old, business trips have become less sexy. If you are like me you probably prefer to sleep in your own bed, wake up next to the person you love and eat home-cooked food over anything you get in a restaurant. Maybe you even hate packing.

For all of you I have developed this list of seven hacks to make your business trips more enjoyable:

1) Plan more time than necessary and allow yourself to work from home on the travel day

Instead of rushing to the airport or from the airport back to the office after a day full of meetings tell your staff you will be working from home for the time you are not on your trip. Tell them how they can reach you.

2) Pack the night before the trip with a checklist and use extra shampoo, toothbrush, combs

Pack the night before the trip with a checklist. You should remember that you normally take the same clothes on business trips as well as the same chargers, notebooks, kindle. List everything and have a few business trip outfits that look great even after they have been in a suitcase.

Instead of throwing in your toothbrush last minute or forgetting half of your make-up buy all beauty products twice. Have one travel hygiene kit with airline sized toiletries that can sit in your suitcase and even get lost.

3) Take one extra set of clothes and shoes in case you have to stay longer than expected.

We never know what happens on a business trip and we don’t want to look ridiculous because we are wearing the same clothes every day. Consider to bring at least one set of clothes more than you need in case you have to extend your stay or you are stranded at the airport. Change shoes daily.

4) If you drive with your car drive slowly and deliberately.

Being German I am always amazed at how tough it can be to drive long-distance. There are trains yes, but not every client is accessible by train. I am trying to make car travel easier by taking breaks and driving more deliberately. I try to stay away from my phone and let me thoughts meander listening to music. It’s a great way to download excessive information in my brain. Once I arrive at the destination I allow myself a nice dinner.

5) Take an old-school backup of hotel directions, reservations and airline tickets

In case you love your smartphone like I do and you don’t always have access to a power charger you might want to bring paper versions or other old-school backups of your hotel directions, reservations and tickets.

6) If you travel with different currencies regularly use two wallets / purses

When I go to the EURO-zone I bring a second purse with me as I don’t want to mix up currencies and coins all the time.

7) Once you arrive at your destination unpack immediately

Make yourself feel at home in the hotel right away. Unpack, take a shower and go to dinner. Forget your work for the rest of the day and start with a fresh mind the next morning. If you are like me and like to read in bed, bring the book along. If you love to go to the gym early in the morning find a hotel that offers a gym. Try to maintain your home routine to help your body adjust to the stress. If you do a lot of air travel and have to cope with jet lag I advise you learn a relaxation method.

These are a few tips to make business trips less stressful. When they really annoy me I try to look at the benefits such as having an evening to myself or having someone making breakfast. We all love to be at home but coming home after a few days away can also be romantic.