Video conference calls and Skype aren’t always the best way to do business; sometimes you have to hop on a plane to go for a face-to-face meeting water war. While this may be good for your career, it can take its toll on your body. Here are some practical tips to keep you physically and mentally healthy.
GOLDEN RULE: Wash your hands regularly! You’re going to be touching many different things throughout your journey that may not have been cleaned properly.
Before the trip
Get your documents ready in advance. Stress. Pulling out drawers in an attempt to find your passport and flight confirmation, is not the way to start your day. If you’re used to the last-minute-rush, for once, try and organise all of your important documents a night or two before your trip. Leave them on a table close to the door so that you can grab them on your way out.
Your medication. If you take any prescription meds, make sure you have enough to last for the whole trip; if you don’t, go to the pharmacy to pick up some more.
On the flight
“Sitting is the new smoking”. Make sure that you take a walk every 90 minutes. If you sit for a long period of time can cause an increase in blood pressure and your LDL (bad) cholesterol. It can even cause a blood clot, which may lead to a heart attack.
Avoid the alcohol. Are you a nervous flyer? Instead of hitting the booze to help you stay calm, rather take a mild sedative. Alcohol causes dehydration, which can result in headaches and nausea. When you’re thirsty, choose water.
Get some sleep. We know it can be difficult for many of you, but you should try and sleep on the plane. You don’t want to be worn-out when you reach your destination.
It’s especially important if you’re travelling to a country in a different time zone; you are more than likely going to experience jet lag, but here’s what you can do to minimise its effects.
At the hotel
Exercise. When you’re in a new city – or country – finding time – let alone a gym – may prove to be difficult. Don’t worry. The 7 minute workout is all that you need. You can do this in the privacy of your room and no equipment is necessary!
Don’t test your tummy. This isn’t the best time to experiment with new cuisine. The last thing that you want is to miss your meeting or appointment because of gastrointestinal issues. It’s best to stick to foods that you know won’t affect your stomach. It’s also a good idea to keep a box of antacids with you if you are prone to heartburn.
If you’ve been told not to drink the water at your destination, because it is more than likely contaminated, avoid adding ice cubes to any drink.
Bon voyage! Here’s to a productive business trip.