Tips for Organized Business Travel

SuitcaseEvery time I take a trip, I tell myself I will be even more organized. I’m not sure if I’ll ever reach that state of packing nirvana, but here are a few tools that help take the stress off the week before traveling for business:

  1. Universal Packing List is a nifty program that lets you specify where you’re going, how long you’ll be gone and what activities you’ll be doing, and it spits back a recommended packing list. I have my own checklist I keep on Protopage that I use for each of my trips, but this helps me think of items I might not.
  2. Pick the best seat on the plane with SeatGuru, recently acquired by TripAdvisor. It shows you seat maps, specs for seats with limited recline, reduced legroom, and more.
  3. Take a quick look at the TSA’s latest security measures to ensure your gelled shoe inserts aren’t confiscated at the security checkpoint.
  4. Pack antibacterial wet wipes. I limit my use of antibacterials so they don’t wash down into our water supply, but I love these moist towelettes for limiting germ-spread on my seatbelt buckle and seat-back tray. Totally Howard Hughes, but worth it.
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