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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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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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