For people that have never been on business trips before, there can be a little bit of a learning curve. Taking a trip on someone else’s dime isn’t something most younger professionals are used to and as such, there can be some pitfalls, and benefits that are often fallen into and overlooked.
If you’re going on your first business trip, then today’s blog is for you! Here are some things to think about before you head out on your first business trip.
Be sure you know the company handbook
What we mean by this is just knowing the rules under which you’re traveling. It’s important to know what you can expense, what needs to come out of pocket, etc. In addition, it’s good to know behavior expectations and any corporate deals or memberships you can use. If there isn’t some sort of guidebook – just be sure you ask in advance.
Renting a car is usually covered by your employer. Ridesharing usually isn’t. In addition, you’ll have the luxury of being able to come and go as you please as well as have a reliable way of ensuring that you’re always on schedule. Parking can be a bit of a challenge, but at least you’ll be able to get it reimbursed.
Pack to be on the move
One of the golden rules of any business trip is packing light and packing to be mobile. If it can’t fit in a carry-on suitcase, then you’re bringing way too much. Pack a professional outfit, some business casual outfits, something to work out in and then just some personal garb. Also be sure to scope out the weather forecast for your destination. That way – you won’t be caught short handed by the weather.
Have fun, but don’t go nuts
Business trips are fun – but you have to remember that work is priority #1. But when it comes to your free time, it’s important to not go overboard. Don’t be the last guy back at the hotel, make sure you’re getting enough sleep to function and don’t do anything that could jeopardize your professional relationships.
Business trips are awesome if you know the ropes, so be sure to follow these tips and enjoy all the personal and professional growth that can come from the experience! Enjoy your first business trip!