Travelling for business can sometimes be a hassle, especially if your business trip happens to be during the summer period for instance. Longer check-in and security queues and seas of passengers to weave in and out of to reach your gate sounds like fun, right? Avoid the hassle and relieve the stress of spending unnecessary time at check in desks and long queues with our top 7 tips to help you save time at the airport
1. Have a pre-prepared bag at the ready
Travelling for business at least once a month? Avoid looking for your laptop charger, bag of liquids or your favourite shirt. When it comes to packing for business a handy tip is to have two of everything. We’re not saying to go out and buy two of the same designer shirts or dresses but it might be handy to have two chargers, two liquid bags of the essential items and a spare outfit that you won’t miss in your wardrobe for a while. Having a bag already half packed will save time before you even set out on your trip.
2. Take advantage of airline extras
Whether you book travel yourself or have a Travel Management Company (TMC) arranging your trips for you, it’s always a great start to fly with an airline that offers on-line check in and a bag drop -off service.
Take advantage of this service, as you can book your seat in advance, drop off your checked bag quickly and efficiently at the designated desk and steam through security with your hand luggage.
Insider tip: Book a seat near a door on the left hand side and you will be more than likely to be first off on the other end.
3. Travel light
Whether you are travelling for a night or five days, it’s always best to travel light. It not only alleviates the idea of an airline losing your luggage, but it also means you can save time by coming straight off the flight and heading directly to that business meeting.
Insider tip: Pack trousers or skirts that you can wear with multiple tops to avoid having to over pack.
4. Swap the roller suitcase for a backpack
Having a suitcase can be a pain when navigating through a busy terminal. Save time by packing all your essentials into a backpack to help you navigate through the hives.
5. Skip the queues at security
This is an insider secret and definitely our number one tip when it comes to saving you time. If your TMC’s policy only offers economy seats than using ‘fast track’ facilities may not be an option when at security, and who wants to be stuck in a queue full of families or first time travellers?
There are two ways to get around this. Firstly, you could cheekily ask one of security guards to allow you to the front of the queue because you’re about to ‘miss your flight’. (Just don’t have your boarding pass at hand) Or take the sensible option and aim for the queue with the ‘suits’, joining a queue with other business travellers is sure to be a breeze as you all simultaneously take out your laptops and liquid bags.
6. Be ready for security
Every minute counts when travelling for business, so the quicker you are able to reach the lounge to squeeze in that last minute project before the flight or grab a beer before take-off is invaluable. Don’t be held up in security with your bag being rejected for search because you left your toothpaste in the front pocket instead of a clear plastic bag. Be prepared for security and make sure you remove what is requested to avoid a long wait time which can sometimes occur during busy periods.
7. Plan ahead
When it comes to planning ahead, sometimes a handy app is ideal. Not only are they great at helping you save time ahead of any disruptions, flight or gate changes, but apps like YOUR.CT MOBILE are also perfect at keeping travellers connected. It’s more than just disruption updates and check –in notifications, YOUR.CT MOBILE is about keeping you in touch and enabling you to access your travel information anytime, anywhere notifying you of gate changes, exchange rates, weather forecasts and adding newly booked itineraries quickly to the system. Plus with all the added time saved, you can enjoy your business trip and maybe even have time to sightsee, the YOUR.CT MOBILE app is full of sightseeing suggestions.