The best secrets about what to pack and how to stay connected while traveling abroad.

There are so many ways travel can go wrong. Just as with any travel abroad, a lot of things change once you exit your native country and being prepared for those changes is one of the easiest ways you can ensure a stress-free and successful trip. Here are seasoned traveler secrets to help you minimize unnecessary stress and make your journey into Asia, Africa, Australia or wherever your business takes you, triumphant.

Let’s Begin With Packing Perfectly

Packing just the right items to prepare for the unknown is something you learn how to do well when you travel often.

  • Generous Layers of Clothes – the flight is always way too hot or way too cold so having plenty of clothing options is a no-brainer.
  • Hand Sanitizer Wipes – Carrying extra liquids, or any liquids, can definitely slow you down with security so wipes are a perfect alternative.
  • Bags of Nuts – Your body clock will be off and nuts are a perfect snack for when you get hungry at 5am.
  • Tissues – Oftentimes toilet tissue is located outside the stall so don’t forget to grab it. You might want to bring your own, because very often, the tissue will probably be equivalent to fine grade sandpaper.
  • Duplicate Set of Toiletries – This allows me to pack quickly without forgetting anything. There is nothing worse than realizing too late that you’ve forgotten toothpaste or your contact solution.
  • In-Flight Power Adapter –  An Auto/Air Power Inverter is worth every bit of cost to make sure that you can take full advantage of the long flight to get work done or for entertainment to help pass the time.
  • A Portable Wi-Fi Device – An Apple Airport Express is a necessity when many hotels in parts of the world still have Ethernet cables only. This keeps you from being tied to one specific location while working- compatible with both Mac & PC and keeps you mobile with your mobile devices.

Staying Connected to Home

Remaining connected to home and productivity go hand-in-hand so it’s important to be able to easily communicate to home. There is a combination of software and apps I utilize to make connectivity stress free.

  • Local Cell Phone – When traveling to China have a dedicated China local cell phone with rechargeable minutes. Mine also has a special discount number to dial home for the lowest rates.
  • Country Specific SIM Card – Simply swap the SIM card in my tablet to a SIM purchased in the country or on-line ahead of time. The SIM is usually good for 60-90 days and has a specific allocation of GB. These can also be recharged and reused as needed.
  • VPN – If you want to get access to blocked sites or you want to keep secure through an encrypted site, a VPN is essential. Most VPN services have a reasonable annual rate and reliable service that is frequently updated, it’s hard to beat when you need to get on Facebook.I’ve convinced a toddler to stop her tirade and go to bed from my iPad. I’ve helped my teenager with homework while driving between China factories. Sometimes all it takes is a few simple tools to avoid feeling out of touch during your business travel broad. I always look forward to the chance to accomplish design tasks that can only be done in person, and build strong personal relationships with clients and partners. Being prepared helps to be more productive and enjoy the trip.

Read the original INC article published on May 19, 2016.