When I first started traveling for work I would frequently visit multiple cities on one trip, often three or four cities in just a few days. I’m exhausted just thinking about it! In the past few years my travel has calmed down a bit, and I generally travel to one location per trip.
In a few weeks I have one of those city-hopping trips, going to three cities in three days. I head to Phoenix early on a Tuesday morning to visit one office, then head to Oklahoma City that evening. Wednesday I’m at the OKC office, flying that night to Nashville. Thursday I’m in the Nashville office, heading home Thursday night. Seven flights in three days, with what feels like one million stops in DFW.
I’m having to dust off my old multi-leg trip skills! Here are my tips for surviving a trip with lots of legs.
Bring extra shoes. Yes, I know normally I’m the two pairs for a week girl. But when you’re on your feet this much, especially that first long day, it’s better to have multiple pairs of shoes to wear. I plan to bring two pairs of work shoes along with my beloved Toms for the airport.
Don’t overpack. Even though I’m bringing extra shoes, I’m going to be very cautious with how much else I pack. It’s three days, but one of the work days is the day I leave so I really only need clothes for two days plus PJs and toiletries. My plan is to wear slacks and a shirt, and bring a skirt and two more shirts. All the shirts can be worn with either the pants or skirt, simplifying outfit choices for each day.
Tip: If you’re going on a longer multi-leg trip be sure to check the weather for each location. A few years ago my mom did a four-week work trip that started in London and ended in Zimbabwe. Talk about a range in temperatures!
Plan for travel time. I’m going to be spending so much time on planes during this trip, many of them regional jets that won’t have much room for working. Plus several flights are so short that it doesn’t make sense to get out my laptop for just 10-15 minutes. I’ll be putting a lot of documents on my phone for easy access and portability. And probably watching some TV 🙂
Pack extra snacks. I always have a couple of granola bars in my bag, but there won’t be much time for eating real meals between dashing from the airport to the office and back again. I’ll definitely have a few extra (and varied) snacks for this trips.
Wear primer. Maybe this is not the most important thing. But when I’m putting my makeup on at 4am to fly to Phoenix and go straight to the office for an all day meeting, I want to make sure it’s still there at the end of the day!
Take care of yourself. Trips like this can be brutal. Self-care is so important when you’re running frantically! Catnaps on planes are nice when they happen, but nothing replaces a good night’s sleep. Use a white noise app to block out distracting ambient noise at the hotel. Also, keep Emergen-C on hand for a quick energy and immune system boost. Finally, make sure to eat real meals when you can!
Readers, how often do you go on a multi-leg trip? Any suggestions for getting through it in one piece?
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