Having your very first overseas business meeting can be equally exciting and nerve-wrecking. If done right, you’ll find that it is not all that different from any other meeting you’ve been to before, especially if you prepare ahead of time. Here are a few tips to help you ensure a hitch free trip.
Make Sure You Have All the Documents and Details You Need Beforehand
When it comes to documents related to travel, our tickets and our passport is what first comes to our mind. However, as this is a business trip rather than a holiday, you also need to keep other documents in mind. Nowadays most meetings happen online, and most presentations happen through laptop screens or smart boards. Even so, there are still going to be certain things you will need in a more tangible form in order to carry a meeting out successfully. Make sure you have all that you need at least the day before your flight.
Pack Efficiently for The Trip
When we travel for vacations, it’s pretty normal to forget something or the other. And as we are vacationing, we tend to go with the flow or buy what we need as we go. But since you are heading out for a meeting, and being dressed immaculately makes a difference, make sure you pack just the right clothes; leaving room for emergencies and accidents. If you are heading straight for the meeting after landing, make sure to wear something that is both smart and comfortable; or at least carry something (crush free) that you can change into before your meeting.
Make A Checklist for Everything You May Need to Take with You
If you’re someone who easily forgets or worries over the things you might have forgotten, then checklists are your best friend to organize any trip. Make sure to include obvious things like passports and toothbrushes into the list, as even these can slip your mind if you’re rushed or nervous. Don’t forget to pack your phone charger; even if your phone’s battery stays charged for a long time.
Have A Plan for Your Transport?
Always plan ahead what you’re going to do about your transport. Plan how you are going to get to the airport, and how you are going to get to your meeting upon arrival at your destination. Nowadays, online taxi booking is very popular; rightly so as it is convenient for all parties. If you happen to be driving to work, then make sure that either your airport offers parking facilities, or that there is another option for hassle free quick parking. Keep in mind that airport facilities are generally more expensive.
Backups Are A Good Idea for Emergencies
Travelling light and packing smart is always a good thing; but when it comes to travelling for a meeting, it’s a good idea to be a little extra cautious. Like we’ve mentioned above, always carry a charger with you. in addition, you can carry a power bank for your phone and laptop, if you feel you won’t have the option to charge your devices. Remember to pack an extra shirt as well!