Regularly hopping on and off planes in various parts of the world can be confusing and exhausting, and can leave you feeling frazzled and disorganized. There are many things that you can do to help cut down on feeling disconnected, and to make your trips go much more smoothly. Some of the tools are must-have items, others are skills that will help you survive a hectic lifestyle.
As strange as it may sound when you’re changing time zones and adjusting to cultural differences around the world, sticking to a routine as much as possible will help you feel grounded and a bit more normal when adjusting to a new environment and coping with jet-lag. If you’re used to exercising every morning, make sure the hotel you’re staying in has a gym so you can get your work-out in. Keep your bedtime routine the same whether you’re at home or abroad. Keeping up with daily habits will help you stay on top of things while you’re away.
Power Strip and Adaptor
In today’s digital world, having your devices fully charged can be the difference between getting things done and getting stuck. There are many travel-sized surge protecting power strips on the market that are small enough to fit in your pocket, and can provide 3-5 outlets from just one. Many also come with USB ports as well. All you need to do is find one socket nearby, and you can charge all of your devices, and possibly even share with other frustrated travelers. Use it with a power adaptor when traveling internationally to meet all of your needs.
Not just any Headphones. For long flights, you will want noise-cancelling headphones that help block out the sounds of airport terminals and engines. Many people will carry two sets, one set of noise-cancelling headphones, and a set of earbuds with a microphone, to allow you to stay connected while you’re on the go. This is one place where you don’t want to skimp.
Frequent travelers quickly learn to travel light, and to only use a carry-on bag. This eliminates Baggage fee, keeps you flexible and mobile, and also eliminates the possibility of your baggage getting lost. Even if you feel you need to check baggage, make sure everything essential, as well as a change of clothing, medications, toiletries, and all of your electronic gadget are in a carry-on. That way, if the airline does lose your baggage, you will have everything you need for a day or two until it gets sorted out.
If you’re going to be carrying your office with you wherever you go, make sure that it’s not too heavy, and invest in a Lightweight Computer. Even a couple of extra pounds will eventually add up and make you miserable. A small but powerful laptop may cost a bit more, but it is well worth the price.
As much as you don’t want to think about it, make sure you have a good old fashioned paperback book or book of crossword puzzles. At some point, your smartphone may run out of power, or the Wi-Fi in a remote airport will be shoddy, and you will be bored and left with nothing to do but sit around and wait Having a low-tech backup can help get you through some rough patches, and may even help to calm and relax you.
MiFi or Wireless Hotspot
At the same time, not being dependent on Wi-Fi networks is very liberating in itself. If you have a dependable cell service, you can set up a Wireless Hotspot and continue working. There are also many devices out there that allow you to grab a signal and boost it, ensuring that you can continue to be productive, even when your hotel or airport signal fails.
Don’t laugh. There are numerous uses for these delightful little products. Purchase some that are flushable and designed for restroom needs, and you can use them for anything. You can wipe down tray tables and surfaces, give yourself a quick clean up when facilities aren’t available, and even wipe down your face and neck if you find yourself traveling in a hot and humid environment. They can be the single best item you’ve decided to bring with you!
Will Norquay is a frequent business traveller who shares his experiences and thoughts writing for Stayz. Stayz.com.au is Australia’s #1 holiday rental website.