When you attend over a dozen conferences and events each year like we do at Agon Management Group, you start to pick up some great tips and tricks! Here are a few of our favorite travel suggestions that you won’t find just anywhere.
TIP #1: Do this before the festivities begin.
We all know what it’s like to hop off the plane, arrive at an event, and be suddenly bombarded by people to greet and itineraries to decipher.
This is a great tip that will help make your whole trip more smooth. Do your best to build an extra thirty minutes into your first-day routine. Unpack your suitcase, stick your shampoo in the shower, your toothbrush on the counter, and most importantly… check the condition of your clothing! Unless you’re a super-duper packing genius, it’s likely that many of your items are wrinkled. Instead of leaving it for the last minute (or worse, not taking care of it at all), iron or steam your clothing and hang it in the closet.
Take it from us, there’s nothing worse than waking up at the crack of dawn for a conference, thinking you’ll quickly throw on your suit and run downstairs, and then realizing that you’ve got some emergency ironing to do in 1 minute or less!
TIP #2: Make this important pit-stop on the way to your hotel.
Whether you’re Ubering, taxiing, or walking, one of the best tips from Agon Management Group is to pick up some goodies on your trip from the airport to your hotel. We suggest a case of water bottles, some snacks, and maybe a couple granola bars.
You’re usually so busy networking that you forget to take care of yourself. When you finally realize you’re thirsty, it’s when that single ‘complimentary’ water bottle from the hotel is already polished off. So do yourself a favor and buy yourself some reasonably priced groceries before you head to your hotel.
TIP #3: Get all your ducks in a row before you get distracted.
There are lots of little details to remember when you’re traveling for work, and our suggestion is to take care of them all at once. A great time to do this is while you’re doing Tip #1 and settling your nest.
Start by taking a look at your return travel plans — what time is your flight and what time do you need to leave for the airport? You may want to jot this down somewhere. If you’re flying Southwest and want to reserve that sacred A seat, you’ll want to set an alarm on your phone 24 hours before your flight. Don’t expect yourself to remember as you’ll likely be in the midst of a busy day.
What about waking up? We are huge fans of the hotel wake-up call. It’s a great backup alarm for your cell phone alarm. Set one up for every day you’re out of town.
Meeting with clients or colleagues? Do you need to make a dinner reservation? Do it now. Don’t wait until the evening of — especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
Traveling in a city that doesn’t have Uber? Have you figured out your local options? It’s nice to have a few minutes to ask the concierge while you’re not in a rush.
As with anything, if you take a the time to prepare and plan, you’ll save yourself a good deal of stress down the line. Not to mention, you won’t miss your flight!
The team at Agon Management Group is fortunate to travel all the time — so stay tuned to hear about future events.