To wrap up this week of travel posts, I thought I would offer some basic tenets that I have adopted over my many years of business travel. So, with further delay, here are Curvy CEO's Tenets of Travel:
1. Keep a pre-packed travel kit ready to go. I *hate* packing. HATE IT. It's truly one of my least favorite activities...mostly because I'm always paranoid that I'll forget something...and usually I do. (Thank God I've never forgotten my undies. But I did forget pajamas once. I didn't have a roommate so all was well until I jumped up in the morning to answer the door for room service...thankfully I remembered to cover up before I opened the door!) As I mentioned previously, I always keep a set of toiletries (including my one-quart bag of 3 oz. liquids) as well as hair supplies and cosmetics pre-packed in a travel kit so this makes packing much easier. With all of the "little things" that I'm more likely forget (like toothpaste, lotion, etc.) conveniently packaged already, all I have to focus on is the actual clothes and accessories I'll need for the trip. (The Mary Kay Travel Roll-Up bag is great for this purpose - it can hold a lot of stuff! [pullquote]BONUS TIP: Keep a pre-packed travel kit for your electronic gadgets, too. Fill it with extra chargers and usb cables so you can power up once you arrive at your destination.[/pullquote]2. Make sure you have a change of clothes and other essentials in your carry-on bag. I once recall arriving to an airport and learning that the luggage of most passengers (myself included) got re-routed and would not be arriving until later. The elderly couple next to me began to panic and all but cussed out the airline agents. "My husband has diabetes and his medication is in that luggage!" the wife screamed. All I could think was, "Uh, if it was that important, why didn't you bring it with you on the plane?" Even though it was a pain to lug a larger bag onto the plane, I was thanking myself when I found myself checking into the hotel with only my carry-on bag. Luckily, I'd packed a change of clothes, extra undies, and some pjs. Even more lukcy, my luggage was delivered to my hotel only a few hours later, but if it hadn't I would've been okay for at least 24 hours. (To my plus-sized ladies who primarily shop at plus-size stores, carrying a change of clothes is particularly important as there may not be a plus-size shop at your destination.)
3. Be comfortable, but cute. I used to view travel as a throw-away fashion day. "No need to wear makeup or contacts," I'd say to myself, "and I can be bummy . . . I'm just traveling today." Then, inevitably, I'd run into Denzel "The Rock" Obama in the airport/train station/rest stop and be kicking myself for not pulling it together that day. So yeah. Lesson learned. Always make sure to be comfortable, but cute in transit.
4. Get your rewards! Not to get all Ryan Bingham on you, but get your frequent flier miles, guest rewards or whatever points you can for all of your travel. There's nothing like being able to get perks (like upgraded status or free trinkets) simply for doing your job, which, in this case, requires you to travel.
5. Try to enjoy it. Even though more and more airlines are offering internet access in the air, for the most part, your travel time is time when you can get away from the demands of the office and even your family and friends. Despite the presence of, well, several hundred strangers on your plane or train, it is basically some alone time . . . you can just sit quietly and think. Or read. Or sleep. Or whatever strikes your fancy. In this super-hectic world, this is time to be treasured.
Well, there you have it. Now you know what I think. I'm wondering, what are your favorite tips for travel?