Exhibiting at a trade show is challenging enough without having to worry about whether your travel plans are in order. No matter how experienced you might be as a business traveler, bumps in the road happen and can be especially inconvenient. To make your flight and transportation to the trade show much smoother, here are a couple of smart travel tips to have in your back pocket!
1. Pack smart
This might seem like an obvious one, but check the weather forecast ahead of time. Make sure you’re adhering to any dress codes for meetings or events. If your hotel has a jacuzzi, bring swimming gear as it might be just the perfect way to unwind after a day on the trade show floor. And lastly, ensure you have all of your charging cables or a portable charger in case your battery runs low throughout the day.
2. Allow Yourself Extra Time
Don’t book the last flight the day before the show starts. Give yourself enough time to get acquainted with the new city and your travel routes before the show begins. If you’re able, spend some time at the venue making sure you know the route to your trade show booth, the closest restrooms and the food court.
This also means leaving yourself enough time to get to the airport after the show. Chances are, a lot of other exhibitors and attendees will be headed to the airport at the same time as you, so make sure you’ve allowed ample time to hail a cab or Uber and to get through airport security!
3. Book A Rental Car Ahead of Time
The last thing you want is to land in the airport and find out that rental cars are sold out for the duration of the trade show. If you plan on needing a rental car, make sure you book it ahead of time!
4. Declutter After The Show
A trade show is the perfect place to pick up swag and marketing material from other companies. Before you pack your belongings, lay out what you’ve collected and make sure you’re only taking home the essentials. Swag is nice, but if you end up having to pay for an overweight bag fee, it’s not worth the trouble.