Wednesday, February 22, 2006

What Road Warriors Know

  • If you can avoid checking luggage, do so.
  • Never check any luggage that can’t be lost.
  • Rent from a rental car outfit that permits you to return the car at the airport.
  • Trying to stuff a steamer trunk into an overhead compartment is rude.
  • Take reading material for when you get stranded.
  • Take your professional magazines with you, tear out the articles you want to read and dump the rest of the magazines in the trash at the airport.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Flights get canceled. Have a back-up plan.
  • Keep your cell phone charged.
  • Take along basic medicine like aspirin and Pepto Bismol tablets.
  • Watch your laptop computer as if it’s your child.
  • Put a Power bar in your briefcase or carry-on bag.
  • Don’t gripe about security.
  • Don’t discuss sensitive business information with your colleagues during the flight.
  • Treat the flight attendants with extra courtesy.
  • Overtip the SkyCaps.
  • The most dangerous part of the trip is any shuttle or cab that you take from the airport.
  • Marriott is almost always a safe choice.
  • Hotels with 24 hour room service tend to be on the ball.
  • Have a routine as to the number of bags that you take and what goes where.
  • If possible, bring your pillow.

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