Travel is part of the job descriptions for scores of employees. Billions of dollars are spent each year for sending employees to meetings, conventions, trade shows and training sessions.

For businesses, it's almost always tied to increasing profits. As an employee, keeping your job may depend on how well you perform and actually help the business. You can ease some of the stress, save time and money and shine at work by knowing some business travel tips.

Tips for All Business Travelers

No matter where you're headed, there are several things you can do to make your travels cost-effective and hassle-free.

Pack Light!

Take only what you need; you don't need the kitchen sink for a three-day trip. Try to get everything into one bag you can carry easily. There are dozens of good reasons for traveling as lightly as possible:

  • You avoid baggage fees at airports
  • There's less of a chance of losing luggage or having it stolen because it's always with you
  • You don't waste time and energy packing, unpacking and hauling multiple bags around
  • There's no trouble using public transportation or taxis
  • You don't have to pay airport or hotel staff to carry or transport your luggage
  • You can move quickly to find another way of traveling if your flight is canceled or delayed

A few days before you leave, check the local weather at your destination to make sure you're packing the proper clothing.

Save Your Receipts

Business travel usually means you'll have out-of-pocket costs and expenses for meals, transportation, hotel accommodations and other things. You may be able to take tax deductions for some or all of those expenses, but only if you have receipts or other proof of the expenses.

Also, receipts are important if your employer uses expenses reports to reimburse you for your job-related expenses.

Keep in mind, you have a chance to standout among your co-workers here. Keeping your travel expenses low shows your employer you're not wasting company money.

Consider Buying Travel Insurance

It's not just for vacations! Travel insurance for your business trip may be a good investment. Policies and coverage vary, but a policy may reimburse you for:

  • Lost or destroyed luggage
  • Transportation costs if the trip is canceled or delayed
  • Rental car insurance
  • Medical coverage - this is especially important for travelers leaving the US
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