Vicky’s Business Travel Essentials

December 17, 2006 at 9:27 pm 7 comments

Tomorrow afternoon, I leave for a business trip.  I’ve traveled quite a bit for business the last three years.  Since I’ve had a lot of practice, I’m very adept at my packing procedure.  For example, my Bowman Handbags Travel Cosmetic Bag is always perched in a basket on my sink.  All I have to do when I leave, is put in my deodorant and toothpaste and I’m off.  Everything else has a permanent residence inside the bag.

But it isn’t toiletries and clothing the help me make business trips personal.  For this post, I thought I would highlight some of the items I carry with me that provide fulfilling trips with memories besides conference rooms and server closets:

  • Rollerblades – It is my policy to travel with my rollerblades.  I have a business trip to Traverse City, Michigan in 2001 to thank for this.  On that trip I spent an evening walking the beautiful TART trail.  It was a lovely walk, but it was marred by envy.  A number of rollerbladers whizzed by me and each time I cringed and longed for my own skates.  Now they come with me (even overseas) and I make it a point to skate in new states as I go.  With Massachusetts in October, I’m up to 17 states. (Related Post: Rollerblading – 16th State)
  • Journal – This is an absolute must.  Waiting at gates, riding on trains, and spending evenings alone at hotel rooms is the perfect time for me to catch up on journal entries.  London is near and dear to my heart and I wonder if it is the city I love… or the fact that I get so much writing and introspection done there. 🙂  (Related Post – Travel as a Learning Tool in Journal Excerpt: An Evening with Talib Kweli)
  • GPS – Rollerblading is my priority, but I also like to take my GPS with me on business trips.  It allows me to explore the area and find some off-the-beaten-path parks and novel areas while searching for geocaches.
  • Dramamine – I started using this stuff when I was in the throws of emetophobia.  It would give me the comfort of knowing I wouldn’t get motion sickness.  That is no longer a worry of mine, but much like Viagra was originally envisioned as a treatment for hypertension, I found a side effect of dramamine to be much more valuable.  I’ve come to appreciate the ability of guaranteed sleep.  I pretty much sleep on planes regardless, but the dramamine ensures a timely decline and a restful slumber.  Delays, turbulence, uncomfortable seats and bad entertainment don’t bother me when I’m in my own induced hypersleep.  And when we land, I’m typically ready to go and start my adventures.  When I am only in town for 25 hours and I want to rollerblade, geocache and explore– being rested and ready to go is a wonderful thing.  Of course, my practice may bother the other passengers.  When we went to Las Vegas in 2005, my colleague, Mark Duncan, reported that he could hear me snoring even though he was seated numerous rows away! 🙂
  • Cell Phone and Cell Phone Charger – I rarely call my husband on trips anymore.  Instead we text message.  When I travel a lot, even when I’m discovering a lot and seeing great scenery, there are still points where my mood is dampened and I miss home.  My husband seems to have uncanny timing during those times.  I’ll suddenly receive a text message or picture from Sean, usually some kind of inside joke or reference, that is just downright hilarious.  I crack up and I’ll feel connected to home. 
  • Address Book and Stamps – I love letter writing and for the girl on the go, what better means than post cards?  You have no choice to keep your message short and quick, but you still get to reach out to the people you’ve been thinking of.  I’ve also taken advantage of hotel time to catch up on full blown letters.  I specifically remember writing Kevin Dublin from a hotel in Michigan and writing Emily Hackett from Kentucky.
  • Running Shoes and Workout Clothes – I like to take advantage of the free gyms facilities in hotels– particularly the eliptical machines and the stationary bikes.  There are exceptions, but for most business trips, I’m exercising every night– be it geocaching, rollerblading, walking or taking advantage of the gym.  I find exercise to be absolutely essential. 
  • Eugene Sheffer Crosswords – I’ll print out a series of Eugene Sheffer crosswords to work on during my trip.  I’ll work on them at the gate, on the plane and most importantly, I’ll work on them when I go to dinner alone and am waiting for my food.  (Related Post – Crossword Coincidences)

When I look back, I’ve seen so many neat places and have gone on so many great adventures.  Some of this I do have to attribute to my company– as they chose to send me and they took care of the bill.  Some of it, I have to attribute to the customers– they welcome me to their facilities and treat me so very well. 

But the financial backing of my company and the hospitality of my customers alone is not what made the trips great.  I’d like to think it’s the choices I make on how to use the downtime, that really makes the trips shine.

Here’s hoping for another shining trip! 🙂


Entry filed under: Crossword, Emetophobia, Geocaching, Rollerblading, Sean, Travel.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jim  |  January 2, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    Maybe it’s just me, but I would expect something else on the “Tart Trail”…. at least using up a significant number of singles.

  • 2. tgaw  |  January 2, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    Ha! Good point!

  • 3. Business Travel Essential Addendum « TGAW  |  March 29, 2007 at 12:24 am

    […] 29th, 2007 In December, I did a post covering my Business Travel Essentials.  I realized this trip (even though it is not for business) that I left out a crucial part!  I […]

  • 4. sg  |  April 13, 2007 at 3:28 am

    do you still have emetophobia? it seems that you dont i am curious how you got over it if you did.


  • 5. tgaw  |  April 19, 2007 at 10:50 am

    Sorry for my slow response. I sent along an email and hopefully one day I will refine my thoughts into a blog post.

  • 6. greg  |  June 22, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Hi! Where do you print the Eugene Sheffer Crosswords from?

  • 7. greg  |  June 22, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Where do you print the Eugene Sheffer Crosswords from?


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