Road Warriorette Weekend Express

November 22, 2014 - Leave a Response

Hey readers! Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend?  Here’s the perfect opportunity!  Whether you want to share an Weekend Express picinteresting travel story, a packing tip, an etiquette tip, or anything else going on in the business travel world, comment here and we’ll have a discussion.

Travel tip of the week:

  • This week’s tip is for all the less frequent fliers that are heading to the airport this week. One of the best ways to keep things moving at airport security is for everyone to be ready to go once they get to the front of the line. So make sure you have your boarding pass and ID ready to show the TSA officer before it’s your turn. Also, make sure your pockets are empty before you get to the x-ray machine. Finally, make sure anything you need to take out of your bag–whether it’s your laptop or liquids bag–is near the top and easy to remove.

Week in review: Read more of this article »

Top 3 Business Travel Packing Tips

November 21, 2014 - One Response

Packing for a business trip can be hard, especially the first few times. It’s easy to bring all the things, plus shoes to match, and just check your11-21-14-1 bag. In some circumstances it makes sense to check your bag, but for the typical 3-4 day trip there is no reason! It wastes so much time, and airlines don’t exactly have a reputation for caring well for people’s belongings. So if you’re a recovering overpacker, here are a few tips to get you on your way to a well packed bag. Read more of this article »

What do you need to plug US electronics into European outlets?

November 20, 2014 - 5 Responses

Reader H has a question about what adjustments she needs for plugging in her electronics in Europe. My business travel doesn’t take me to US to European plugsEurope, so Cindy from Lady Light Travel has graciously agreed to answer this question.

I’m going to be temporarily moving to Belgium and from my brief study abroad in High School, I remember that I need a converter/transformer instead of an adapter for my non-computer items. Can you recommend a good one? 

There are a couple of issues that need to be addressed:

  • plug adapters
  • voltage converters/transformers

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Checklist for leaving the office before a business trip

November 19, 2014 - 3 Responses

A couple of weeks ago on my Weekend Express post a reader asked if anyone had a master list of things to do before leaving the office for a will returnbusiness trip.  It’s a great request!  As every business traveler knows, leaving the office for a trip can be a daunting task.  There are so many things that can get lost in the shuffle trying to close things in the office.  Here are the things I do before I leave for a business trip.

Set out-of-office replies.  As Pam pointed out in her comment, it’s important to have some sort of out-of-office reply when you leave on a business trip.  I personally use an alert in Outlook when I’m on a business trip instead of an out-of-office reply.  This way whoever is emailing me knows I’m working but on a business trip so response times will vary.  Here are instructions on how to set up an auto reply alert in Outlook if you want to do that.  Be sure you set your voicemail as well to reflect you are out of the office on a business trip.  Finally, if you have a coworker backing you up make sure they have instructions, contact info for pertinent internal and external customers, and are able to access necessary files while you’re out.  Note: If you’re out for several days it’s a nice gesture to bring your back-up a small token—t-shirt, local souvenir, etc.

Double-check reservations and flight status.  It’s a great idea to confirm your reservations before your trip.   The day before you leave make sure your airline, car rental, and hotel reservations have the correct dates and locations.  Be sure to also check your flight status several times up until you walk out the door.  If your flight gets delayed don’t use that as an excuse to hang around the office a little longer as I’ve seen flights get delayed then revert back to the original take off time.  It’s best to get to the airport and deal with delays there

Notify customers you deal with on daily basis.  When you’re going to be traveling it’s good to notify internal and external customers you deal with on a daily basis that you’ll be gone on business and to expect a slower than normal response time.  Read more of this article »

Travel bag of the week: All-Season Houndstooth Rolling Laptop Case

November 18, 2014 - Leave a Response

Each week Road Warriorette features a travel bag that hits all of the high notes for ladies on the road: pockets, construction, and (of 11-18-14-2course!)style.

I love, love, love houndstooth. I have all kinds of things in that print—a sweater, shoes, a purse, and I used to have a fabulous houndstooth coat. It’s a classic pattern, and in black and white, like this All-Season Rolling Laptop Case, goes with everything in your closet. Beyond that gorgeous exterior, this bag has a lot of great qualities for a business travel bag: plenty of pockets, a roomy interior, and space for a 17” laptop. I wish it had a strap to hook onto your rollaboard, but that’s the only thing lacking. Regularly $175, on sale for $79 at Amazon (not sure how long the sale is for though).

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Etiquette when your bag is behind you

November 18, 2014 - 2 Responses

As an elite flier with American I am usually lucky enough to board early. This means my bag is rarely in an overhead bin behind my seat. 11-18-14-1However, on my trip last week even though I boarded early the overhead bins were already full. I sat in row 8 but had to put my bag back over row 17. To make this even more stressful I had a super tight connection! What’s a girl to do?

I write often that one of my biggest travel pet peeves is when people put their bags in overhead bins far in front of their own seats. Whether that was the case on my flight or if there were just a ton of elites that boarded before me, it didn’t matter. I still had to swim upstream to get my bag and then sprint across DFW to make my flight. So what are the best ways to get your bag when it’s behind you? Read more of this article »

Posts from the past

November 17, 2014 - Leave a Response

What was going on this week (and the previous two weeks) in years past?
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Road Warriorette Weekend Express

November 15, 2014 - Leave a Response

Hey readers! Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend?  Here’s the perfect opportunity!  Whether you want to share anWeekend Express pic interesting travel story, a packing tip, an etiquette tip, or anything else going on in the business travel world, comment here and we’ll have a discussion.

Travel tip of the week:

  • Only bring three pairs of shoes with you, including the pair on your feet. Shoes take up the most room and weigh the most out of anything in the suitcase.  Unless you’re going to be gone for a month or more there is no reason you need more than three pairs.  I usually bring two pairs of work shoes plus a pair of flip-flops or running shoes.

Week in review: Read more of this article »

Wish list for the TSA

November 14, 2014 - 2 Responses

TSA Administrator chief John Pistole—the longest serving administrator of the agency—recently announced he’ll be stepping down at the 11-14-14-1end of this year.  During his four years overseeing the agency I’ve noticed pretty steady improvements in how we go through airport security, and overall I’m relatively satisfied.  There are, however, some things I would like to see improved in the coming year.  Here’s my wish list for when the new Administrator takes office.  Read more of this article »

Crafty projects for travel

November 13, 2014 - 4 Responses

One of my favorite things to do is knit. I love feeling the yarn, seeing the pattern come to life, and creating something for a loved one. With the Christmas knitted hatholidays right around the corner (how did that happen??) it’s time to get make some serious progress on my gifts! Luckily I’ve got plenty of plane time to spend on my projects. I’ve been strategic this year—knowing that I would do most of my knitting on trips meant they needed to be small enough to fit in my bag. Here is a list of what I’m working on. Read more of this article »