How to prepare for a solo business trip
Going alone on a business trip can be a daunting prospect, particularly if you’re not used to travelling in a professional capacity.
Not only do you have to ensure the trip is successful – you must manage your own logistics and find your way in an unfamiliar region or environment. Being away from family and friends can also be a scary time, but there are certain things you can do to prepare yourself. We discuss these in more detail below.
Consider your destination
Firstly, you should have an idea of where you will be travelling to. This will help you to determine what you should be packing and what to expect from the duration of your stay.
The destination will also give you an idea of the type of transport you will be using and therefore what sort of luggage you will be able to take with you. Domestic trips may involve a train ride, whereas international trips are more likely to include travel by plane.
Ask your employer for information
You should feel free to ask your employer for more information on your destination if you are unsure of certain things. This could be social, cultural or business etiquette, as well as other factors such as transport options and emergency contacts in the local area.
Internationally speaking, understanding the country you are travelling to can help you to feel more at ease and aware of the potential threats you may face.
Raise any concerns you may have
If you have any concerns about your business trip or the area you are travelling to, you shouldn’t hesitate in raising these with your employer. A survey revealed that over 80% of female business travellers experienced a safety or security concern whilst away for business, so your employer should take every step possible to mitigate these risks.
This could entail accommodation choices, such as opting for serviced apartments in busy cities like New York instead of hotels or avoiding public transport in favour of private hire taxis.
Make a packing checklist
Once you know where you are headed and how long you will be staying, you should pull together a packing checklist to ensure you take everything you need.
Remember professional and casual clothes, toiletries, personal items and work materials and equipment. Make sure you don’t forget the easily forgettable items like chargers and adapters.
Give yourself plenty of time
On the day of your travel, make sure to give yourself plenty of time so you aren’t rushing. This will calm any nerves you may have and reduce your chances of missing your train or flight which can throw the whole trip off course. Best of luck!