Your first business trip can be especially stressful. You may be traveling for training, a conference, a trade show or meetings with clients, partners and potential customers. Each comes with a unique set of dilemmas, but you’ll also find universal challenges, from scheduling flights to submitting expense reports.

Use these first-time business travel tips to arrive in your destination ready to make a great first impression.

    1. Pack light so you don’t have to check a bag.
    2. Stick to a single airline, hotel and car rental brand and join their loyalty programs.
    3. Explore your destination during downtime.
    4. Research travel insurance options.
    5. Stay hydrated while traveling.
    6. Hit the gym or go for a run.
    7. Learn local culture, customs and dress code.
    8. Keep all of your receipts in one place.
    9. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep a night.
    10. Have the details of your itinerary in paper form.
    11. Stick to your daily routine as much as possible.
    12. Add an out-of-office reply to your email.
    13. Limit drinks, especially at corporate functions.
    14. Take non-stop flights when possible.
    15. Prepare for TSA when packing.
    16. Check in online ahead of time.
    17. Take a picture of your passport, visa, license, etc.
    18. Bring things to do on the plane and during down time.
    19. Connect with clients, friends and peers in the area you’re traveling to.
    20. Pack extra business cards.
    21. Invest in high-quality carryon luggage.
    22. Wear comfortable, yet professional, clothes during flights.
    23. Take notes on each meeting or session you attend.
    24. Carry a small amount of cash on you.
    25. Charge all your electronics before you travel.
    26. Prepare ahead of time for changes in time zone.
    27. Pack a casual outfit or two, along with walking shoes.
    28. Give yourself more travel time than you need.
    29. Make reservations for client lunches and dinners.
    30. Eat healthy food.
    31. Research transportation options in your destinations.
    32. Keep your luggage, briefcase and hotel room organized.
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