If you’re a high-powered businesswoman, chances are that you’re always on the go. Board meeting in San Francisco? Better catch that redeye from your contract negotiation in Vancouver. Next week? It’s a nonstop flight to Singapore to finally settle that client negotiation once and for all. And of course, you’ve got to make it back in time for your step-daughter’s birthday party in Denver.
The travel never stops. And while all that struggle is certainly worth it in the end, you’ll definitely want to bring along the right gear to make your travel as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We’ll review some of the items we think make a huge difference when you’re on the road – or in the air – more often than not. Check it out.
It’s 11 hours from LA to London, so you’d better bring along something to pass the time. Sure, you could lose yourself in a good book, but then you’d be losing valuable time to be productive. Instead, you’ll want some all-inclusive tech that you can use to turn that first-class seat into your own personalised office space. Here are some must-haves:
- A stellar laptop that holds its charge, has no problem running multiple spreadsheets at once, and is light and portable as can be
- Mice for laptops, because clicking through multiple files and to find that game-changing document just isn’t right with a trackpad
- Noise-cancelling headphones so you can lock into your focus playlist and hammer out that code without any annoying disruptions
Next, you’ll need to think about what to wear.
Comfy travel clothes
The traveling businesswoman should strike a balance between comfort and professional style when she’s out and about. You want to be able to sit in an airplane seat for hours without being uncomfy, but if you need to dash straight from the airport to a meeting, you’ll need to be dressed your best. Try out these options:
- Stretch slacks that are as comfy as your favourite pair of sweatpants but can still look sharp as you need to impress a potential client
- Comfy slip on flats that can be quickly removed during security but still look clean and dressy enough for an interview
- A smart-looking windbreaker that can be worn over your business clothes and is comfy enough to wear on a walk to your hotel
Clothes? Check. How about airplane comfort?
Don’t leave for the airport without the items that make plane rides bearable. You’re sitting in that tin can for hours on end, so it’s crucial that you bring some items to help you settle into your seat and sleep:
- A neck pillow, so you can rest your head for a nap without waking up to a killer neck-ache.
- A light blanket, so you can feel cozy and warm even in a cold air-conditioned plane.
- A natural sleep aid, so even the bumpiest flight won’t stop you from catching the rest you’ll need to tackle that next merger.
Speaking of tackling difficult financial situations, let’s think about your wallet for a second.
When you’re on the go, you’re spending money. That’s just the way it is. So, you’ll need to bring along the most financially savvy options. Here are a few:
- A credit card that offers you airline miles as rewards points
- A credit card that gives you extra cashback on restaurant purchases
- An investment account that’s steadily growing your income, so you always feel like your travel is worth it
Lastly, you’ll want to connect with the ones you love.
Connections to home
When you’re a busy businesswoman, it’s hard to feel connected with the ones you love back home. It’s important to maintain that connection, even when traveling abroad. Here are a few must-haves for that:
- An international data plan that you can use to video-chat, call, and text your family and friends back home
- A phone with plenty of memory that you can use to keep your favourite photo albums readily accessible
- A physical memento that you can always hold onto and think of the people you cherish, like a ring, a necklace, or even a stuffed teddy bear
The savvy traveling businesswoman knows that your productivity is only as good as your preparedness, so be sure to bring along these essentials on your next voyage.