How to travel better
June 12, 2011 6:06 AM Subscribe
Packing and lifestyle tips for a frequent traveller
posted by stenoboy to Travel & Transportation (29 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
My job now entails me travelling a lot, usually on short trips lasting from two to five days.
I'm male and need to wear business suits for work. The problem this brings is that I usually carry a backup suit just in case I spill something on it, or if it's hot and I've been sweating in it for a couple of days, I'm worried about smelling like old sweat.
Another problem is because I am away so much, I hardly get time to empty the suitcase, sometimes just being at home for 24 hours to do laundry and off again. The suitcase seems to pick up a new item every week and consequently gets heavier and heavier! It doesn't help that I have to take a lot of equipment for my work with me, so there is no way I could just do the carry-on thing.
What has worked best for you when packing? How do you manage to take everything you need but keep weight to a minimum?
I also tend to go into a strange mental twilight world when travelling. I find it hard to concentrate on a book, or iPod, or any kind of entertainment because I'm always aware of the time, could miss the flight if I'm too engrossed, aware of having stuff stolen, and also airports are very distracting. I would like to be able to kick back a bit and relax more about it all, take it in my stride, rather than getting wound up and taking a day to recover from the feeling of being jostled and told what to do and where to go.
Given the economy these days, I don't get to go business class very often, so don't always have access to lounges, and as some companies are in major penny-pinching mode, I sometimes go low-cost airline with all the extra stress they can bring. It would be great if airports had quiet zones like they do on trains, but I don't see that happening!
Are there any pearls of wisdom from frequent travellers?