Traveling for business can be difficult at the best of times. And the long nights, freezing temperatures and travel delays of winter can make it especially difficult.
That’s why it is important to be prepared for the weather. If you are traveling for business at this time of year, you don’t want to be caught out in the cold. But you also don’t want to be lugging around a suitcase full of thick, heavy winter clothes.
At Royal Coachman, we specialize in making business travel as comfortable as possible for our customers, and that doesn’t change in winter.
We take extra care to make sure our vehicles are on time, working perfectly and the temperature is set just right.
Here are our tips for surviving a winter business trip.
In winter, it is not just about what you pack, but how you pack it.
Make A Winter Packing List
You should create a packing list for your winter business trip and you will never leave home without your silk long-johns again (no, we’re not joking!). This list should be bespoke for the time of year and include all the essentials that will keep you warm and comfortable on your trip.
Like we said, you don’t want to be carrying a huge suitcase, so you have to fit everything into your carry-on. The first step is to invest in a really high-quality carry-on suitcase. They are now made with the airlines in mind, so they will be able to fit in the overhead compartment, but you can still check the dimensions that your airline allows.
Wear Your Bulk
To save space in your carry-on, you should wear your bulkiest items. That means wearing your winter coat and boots onto to plane. They don’t count as extra luggage, so you can still store them in the overhead compartments.
Invest in some vacuum compression bags. All you have to do is fold or roll your clothes, places them in the bag and squeeze all the air out. This will save you valuable space for extra clothes.
Make A Backup Plan
In winter, the weather can change your plans at a moment’s notice so it’s important to make a backup plan. You don’t want to be caught out in a snowstorm without anywhere to stay or stuck in an airport lounge for 24 hours. The best way to do this is to make sure you have the right technology for the job. Download a detailed weather app that alerts you of any incoming storms or weather changes. You could also download an app like HotelTonight that can find you last-minute hotel options.
Plan Your Ground Transportation
If you are traveling in winter, you need to think about your ground transportation. At Royal Coachman, we have been operating since 1969 so we have a few winters under our belt. That means we know how to react when the weather turns bad.
Our cars are properly maintained and prepared for the winter, and our drivers have a wealth of driving experience in winter weather. Our headquarters keep track of weather patterns and flight delays, so you don’t have to.
Follow this link to book onto our New Jersey Chauffeur Service.
Also published on Medium.