Travel is a part of doing business in today’s global economy. It’s estimated that Americans make more than 400 million long-distance domestic business trips per year. Add in travel for international business, and there’s plenty of ground to cover.
Traveling internationally can be intimidating for first-timers, and even those who are experienced travelers can benefit from a smoother experience. We found four tips to help your international travelers—and some swag to ensure their journey is more comfortable.
International travel done right
- Paperwork essentials: When staff members are planning to travel internationally, they’ll want to make sure all necessary paperwork is current. Passport expiration dates should be at least six months out, and there should be two to four blank pages available. Necessary visas should be obtained early. Provide them with a travel organizer so they can keep all necessary documentation in one place. And encourage employees to back up (and carry) their documents on a USB. A USB/light combo is great for file storage and for seeing on a dimly lit plane. It is also recommended that travelers share their itinerary, and copies of their travel documents, with a family member or friend.
- Comfort items: International flights can get long. And about 65 percent of international business people travel in coach. Staff can make the most of their space—and catch some sleep—with a travel kit, complete with earplugs, an eye mask and a neck pillow. Add a pair of foldable, noise cancelling headphones for long flights so they can tune into a movie or tune out ambient chatter.
- Tech requisites: There’s nothing worse than having a low-battery during a flight. Provide employees with a power bank to ensure they stay fully charged. A Universal Travel Adapter is another international travel necessity. It ensures staff members can plug in wherever they go!
- Bags not baggage: Finally, help your staff take a load off by providing travel-friendly bags. A Travel Waist Pack is the perfect alternative to a bulky purse or handbag—and it allows for hands-free travel. Rolling, expandable luggage will hold everything they need (it’s checkpoint friendly, too). Make sure to brand with your logo and some unique luggage tags to make bags easy to spot.
International travel is easier with these helpful tips. Throw in some travel swag for added comfort as your employees travel the world, then sit back and watch your business take flight.