Traveling is an essential part of being remote. There are meetings you need to attend in person. Sometimes, you have enough notice, and sometimes, you don’t. Here are a few tips that may be helpful:
Pack in advance: If you know that you have a quarterly or a bi-yearly meeting, pack in advance. Have all the essentials and toiletries you will need already packed. Then, all you need to add are your clothes based on the type of meeting and weather. The Well Dressed Life and CorporateFashionista have some great ideas about what to take with you.
Plan in advance: If you have notice, plan household affairs in advance, such as lunches and dinners. The kids don’t have to eat unhealthily while you are gone. Here is a great blog about eating unprocessed food. Also, plan sports activity pick-ups and drop-offs. If you have help, inform your sitter or other parents who can help with carpools. I am working on creating a template for you.
Have a “Plan B”: Planes get delayed, so have a backup plan. Inform friends in your area or moms who help with carpooling in case you need to ask them to pick up a child at the last minute due to a flight delay.
Take time to recharge: Usually, travel days are filled with meetings, dinners, and plane rides. If you can use the time at the airport, in the car, or on the plane to recharge, it will be an added perk. Take things you want to do during this time—your painting essentials, your phone to catch up on your favorite show, or the book you have wanted to read for the past two months but have not found the time for. The best thing about this interval is that it comes without guilt—you are not taking away time from your family; you are just sitting on a plane!
Connect with people: This is your chance to bond with your colleagues face-to-face and meet new teammates. Make sure you set up lunch with the team and your manager for you to connect and not talk shop. Meet with colleagues who have become good friends—go shopping, to a movie, or to the museum. Do all the things you usually do not find time to do with the people you like. It is incredibly refreshing.
Reduce stress: If traveling seems daunting to you, find ways to avoid things that cause you stress. If driving in a new city is stressful, then use Uber. If flight delays impact you, sign up for airlines alerts. If checking your bag will cause a delay to get to your destination, pack light and take your bag with you as a carry-on. Plan your business meetings and after-work activities in advance, and take breaks in between.