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10 Essential Items To Check Off Your List When Going on A Business Trip

10 Essential Items To Check Off Your List When Going on A Business Trip

Packing for a business trip should be easy, right? Just open a suitcase, drop a couple of shirts, ties, toiletries, cuff-links, and you’re all set. Right? Wrong! Packing for any kind of trip is usually a stressful experience. Men and women alike dread this experience.

Well, to make this cumbersome task easier for you, here is a ten-point essential checklist when going on a business trip.

1. Local currency

This comes at the top of the list because you don’t want to be strapped for cash in another country with a terrible exchange rate and a language barrier. You could potentially end up being badly cheated. First, find out how to get cash exchanged before leaving your immediate environment. You could get your cash exchanged at the airport before taking off, even though the rates are poor. Just try to shop around for local currency before making your trip.

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2. Portable power banks and phone chargers

Another item you must carry along with you is your portable charger. Having a portable power bank allows you to charge your phones anywhere and anytime without having to use a travel adapter or look for sockets around you. A better idea is getting the mobile cables with one port for two devices. Such technology allows you to charge two devices at the same time. All you need do is recharge it when not in use.

3. Travel adapters

It is recommended to pack one travel adapter with you while on a trip. You can alternate using it and a mobile power bank or charger. This will also come in handy if you use your laptop quite frequently.

4. A jacket, coat, or sweater

Whether you’re going somewhere cold or warm, having a jacket or coat is necessary. Appropriate work clothes are on the checklist but you might want to take a jacket too. There is always a possibility that the country or region you’re visiting is warmer, but offices are always cold and you will need to take care of your discomfort yourself. Going on a business trip is one thing, keeping yourself comfortable is another. Lightweight and wrinkle-free jackets work well.

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5. Hard copies of your travel plans

This might sound archaic. It is always useful to print out your travel plans before setting out on a business trip. This saves you a lot of trouble if you lose power on your laptop, phone, tablet, or power bank.

6. Business cards

You are going for business after all, so why not take your cards? You are surely going to meet people from all corners of the world, some of whom you’d get friendly with or want to have a transaction with along those business lines. This is especially essential if you are working overseas and you are trying to overcome language barriers. Giving out a business card can save you the stress of dictating or writing out your name and contact information.

7. A pen or pencil

Having a pen or pencil at hand for when you need it is important especially if you can’t get a hold of business cards before your trip. It helps you with communicating when you’re working overseas and enables you to share your contact information as well as. You also get to write notes and thoughts of wisdom and inspiration as they come to you. However, pack the pens separate from your clothes to avoid ink stains. They would do well in your hand or in carry-on luggage.

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8. An envelope

While this might seem like a random addition, envelopes are quite useful on business trips. You get to stow your receipts away safely until you’re settled. This also helps you keep good account of your spending. A re-sealable bag could also serve in this capacity as a perfect storage solution.

9. An in-flight kit

A good in-flight kit consisting of a sleeping mask, socks or slippers, ear plugs (or noise-cancelling headphones), and a good neck pillow will go a long way in making your trip as comfortable as possible. Not only does this guarantee your comfort, you arrive at your destination feeling fresh and well-rested. With a good kit, you can also rest outside when your hotel seems noisy.

10. Entertainment and travel treats

A book, magazine, or journal – you need at least one of these things on a business trip. Business trips typically afford you a lot of time alone so whether you like to read or watch TV, ensure that you take something along with you to keep yourself entertained. You can also treat yourself by purchasing some gourmet items or a packet of sweets.

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In the end, make sure to pack a small waterproof or plastic file containing photocopies of important documents (passport, credit cards etc.). Also, have copies of your travel insurance certificate and details of any medical issues, in case of any health emergency.

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Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

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My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

The Neural Knitwork Project

In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

The knitting and neural connection

The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

More mental health benefits from knitting

Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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“You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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“People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

The dopamine effect on our happiness

Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

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