Your back to business travel basics
There’s no doubt that travel as we know it has changed, at least for the foreseeable future. But once you have the basics down, getting back on the road can be simple and safe. In fact, with just a little pre-planning, clever packing and liberal use of hand sanitiser you’ll be set for success.
Ready to navigate post-lockdown business travel? We’ve put together some suggestions on how to manage your trip with ease:
Before Take Off
1. Update your details
This might be the first flight you’ve taken in a while, so before you even haul down your bags make sure you have updated your travel manager of any changes to your contact details and preferences. They will ensure your mobile and email address are in your booking, so airlines can advise you of any last minute changes.
2. Pack for success
When packing, you’ll want to travel light. Don’t forget extra masks, hand sanitiser, disinfecting wipes and snacks (check if your airline has resumed a food and drink service, otherwise you’ll need water and nibbles for the flight). Importantly, you’ll want everything close at hand. So make sure your essentials (like your phone, ID, travel documents and sanitiser) are easily accessible.
3. Navigate the airport like a pro
The airport will have strict health and safety protocols in place. This includes social distancing at both security screening and boarding, so resist the urge to skip ahead of the queue! It’s a good idea to check with your travel manager if lounges are open and operating – and to prebook lounge access if needed.
There are also a few other things you can do to stay safe and healthy, including avoiding touching/using bins where possible, and opting for pre-packaged snacks over buffet options.
Once you’re on the plane? Keep your mask on at all times and wipe down your seat, tray table and seat belt prior to sitting down.
Try to avoid taking multiple items in and out of your bag (so grab your laptop or reading material prior to take-off). If you do need to use the bathroom, make sure to wipe down the door handles, taps and toilet flush.
Most airlines are now disembarking a plane row by row to avoid congestion in the aisle. Stay seated until your row is called, and try and leave the aircraft as quickly as possible.
Destination do’s and don’ts
1. Make smart hotel choices
Your travel manager will be able to suggest and book safe, vetted accommodation options. Chat to them about contactless check-in options and hotel protocols. To be extra safe, wipe down frequently touched items in your room (for example, remotes, door handles and taps).
2. Know where to dine as well as burn calories
With health and hygiene top of mind, be prepared for snap lockdowns by ensuring your accommodation is within easy access of safe restaurants. Hotel fitness centres could be closed in some cases, so plan ahead by investigating local walking tracks or gyms or downloading a fitness app that can be used in your room.
3. Resist the urge to shake hands
We know that your trip will be busy, but you can’t let your guard down when it comes to your health and well-being. Continue to wear your mask in public, practise social distancing (even in business meetings) and avoid hand-shaking and physical contact.
4. Back home
And once you’re home? Spray your luggage with sanitiser before bringing it inside; wipe down your ID, credit card and other frequently touched items; put on a load of washing; relax and start planning your next trip! It’s good to be back on the road.