Earlier this year, a Wall Street Journal article shared that business travel is on the rise for 2011. Also, business professionals who haven’t traveled in the past two years due to budget constraints plan to take more trips this year.
If you’re a business traveler going back to the skies this year, you may be looking for ways to simplify your travels.
Have you ever looked to your luggage as helping ease the stresses of your trips? Here are three ways that luggage can lighten the load surrounding business travel:
TSA-Friendly Laptop Bags
In any air travel, getting through the security gate can be a challenge in itself. For business travelers, adding a laptop to the mix can drain even more time. Now, many luggage and suitcase retailers are carrying TSA-friendly business briefcases and laptop bags.
Instead of rummaging through a bag to take out a laptop, you can open the briefcase flat on the belt and run it through security. There are a number of sizes, styles and materials available.
- Bonus Tip: Use the time you save getting through security to get some work done — and make sure to take advantage of the business lounges and free Wi-Fi if it’s available.
Lightweight Luggage and Packing
As we shared in our 2011 Consumer Luggage Report, lightweight luggage has taken over, with offerings to suit all needs and tastes. However, keep in mind that even the lightest-weight luggage can become heavy with improper packing.
Don’t be afraid to think outside of the suitcase; look at other options that may be lighter and simpler for quick travel use. Carry-on sizes of duffel and garment bags come in a variety of styles, and can hold just enough for a weekend or two-day trip.
- Bonus Tip: Do double-duty with your bags: duffel bags can double as gym or overnight bags, and garment bags hold clothes and accessories, and also keep suits and dresses wrinkle-free.
Carry-on Luggage with Ease
Airlines are paying 41 percent more than last year for fuel, which means flight fares and baggage fees are also going up. Traveling with a regulation-size carry-on bag will keep your company from spending extra baggage fees. Some luggage pieces also feature convenient expandability options that offer more room for your belongings.
Many times, the airline will ask for volunteers to check bags for free at the gate if the plane is full. If you have the extra time to grab your luggage at the baggage carousel, it’s a nice, hassle-free way to get on and off the plane quickly.
Make Your Luggage Work for You
A business traveler should focus more on the trip’s purpose and less on the stresses of traveling. By incorporating these tips into your routine, you’ll be able to do just that. If you’re looking for more tips, marketing expert and frequent traveler Chris Brogan offers some great advice.
Are you a frequent business traveler? Tell us what suitcases you use, and packing tips you’ve learned to make trips less stressful.
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