As a remote employee, I have to travel to the Headquarters on a regular basis. During one of these trips recently, things did not go as planned. The experience was not an optimal one but gave me the opportunity to write about it.
Something good can come out of something bad.
Here is what I learned and wanted to share with you:
1. Chargers: We need to be connected when we are traveling. I did take my charger, but forget one of the components. I did fine for most of my trip since I could charge the phone in the car, but when my flight was delayed for over 5 hours, I was running low on power. It cost $50 to buy a charger at the airport, while the same charger sells for $15 elsewhere.
Lesson learned: Carry an extra charger with you.
2. Extra set of clothes: This will come in handy in case you have to stay an extra day either for work or due to a delayed flight, or if you find that your silk blouse is crumpled when you get to your destination.
Lesson learned: Invest in travel-friendly clothes.
3. Weather: If you have control over your travel plans, check the weather not only for your destination, but also your connections. If you can make changes to your flights or travel arrangements, be proactive about making changes or plan for other options, such as driving.
Lesson learned: Plan around the weather as much as you can.
4. Noise: Plan for a noisy neighbor at the hotel or trains going by at 4 am. Take your earbuds or music that will drown out the background noise. I also know some sales colleagues who use natural sleeping aids since they are on the road often. Do what works for you to get the rest you need.
Lesson Learned: A good night’s sleep is important, as Jeff Lliff discusses in his TED Talk.
5. Backup plan: Plan for someone else taking the kids to practice or picking them up from school, just to ensure they are in good hands if your flight is late or your manager wants you to stay an extra day.
Lesson learned: Don’t scramble to get to your destination.
If you have some expert tips, please send me a note or share in the comments.