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11 Easy Ways To Completely Transform Your Business Trip

Just because you're out of the office doesn't mean you have to be out of your mind. Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites made some changes to help transform your stay.

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1. Only pack what you need.

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Pack outfits you can easily mix and match, a pair of dress shoes, and a pair of comfortable shoes. Minimizing how much you pack will help save you time and keep your hotel room free of clutter.

2. Carry a pouch with all the cords you need.

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In addition to the cords you already have, pack a pouch with all the essentials. Also in the bag include an HDMI cord and multiple adapters you may need for your laptop. This way, technology can never stop you from crushing your presentation. Don't forget a portable charger!

3. Have trip routines and trusted rewards programs.

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Using instant rewards programs and trip routines are a smart way to make the most of traveling. Establishing these customs will help you stay rested, stress-free, and on your game to do the best work possible.

4. Fill your phone with necessary apps before your trip.

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Before you go make sure to download / update any apps that would be useful while you're away. Apps like Calm can help reduce stress, Yelp can help keep you fed, Poncho can help keep you dry. If you're planning to drive, Waze will help you navigate!

5. Entertain your brain with audiobooks and podcasts.

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No matter how you travel, it's easy to go a little stir-crazy during the long travel. Download audiobooks on your phone through apps like Audible and browse some great podcasts such as Earwolf and NPR.

6. Touch base with home.

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Make time in your schedule for a quick call home. Sometimes the best afternoon pick-me-up is a familiar voice. It can break up routine and make you feel closer, even when you're miles away from home!

7. Build a rapport with your colleagues.

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Don't shy away from spending downtime with your co-workers. Suggest checking out a new restaurant or exploring the local area. It's a great way to build a rapport and get to know them outside of "work."

8. Explore your surroundings.

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Your trip will feel less like ~work~ if you make an effort to explore your surroundings. Pick up tips from people who know the area best and get out there!

9. Make time for exercise.

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All you need to do each day is 10 minutes of exercise. Do some calisthenics in your room before showering or hit up the gym in your hotel. The little bit of exercise can wake you up and relieve tension.

10. Utilize the free food at the hotel.

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Pick a hotel that has free breakfast. It's one less thing to worry about, will help save you money, and keep you eating well while you're away.

11. Be good to yourself.

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Sure, business trips can be busy, meetings can run late, and nights may be long, but you should still make it a priority to treat yourself. Eat well, make time for sleep, and utilize a little exercise every day. The better you feel, the better work you do.

Traveling for business shouldn’t be stressful. That’s why Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites is undergoing a transformation so you can be rested, set, and ready to go.

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