For anyone that travels for business - regardless if you’re a regular or a first-timer – it’s always a good idea to streamline the preparation so that you can make the most of your opportunity to nurture relationships and be productive. Here is a list of six things you can do to prepare for your trip.

Look sharp

If you’re going to be meeting other professionals or attending a conference, it’s best to look sharp. Caring for your clothes is one way to guarantee you’ll be presentable. Instead of folding shirts and pants, try rolling them, it can prevent nasty creases. When you arrive at your accommodation, hang up your clothing as soon as you can.

Stay charged

A packing essential for your business trip is a portable battery – this way you’ll never be short of power to view your itinerary, stay on top of emails, and make business calls. When you’re back at your hotel use your universal adaptor with a power board to charge multiple devices.

Prepare an itinerary

Make sure you keep all the important documents in one place. There are a handful of document-storing/planning apps that can be downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet to help you stay organised. Google TripsTM and Tripit® are easy to use apps for managing your trip itinerary. Google Drive TM, or DropboxTM can be downloaded onto your phone or tablet to give you cloud access to any travel documents you have stored. It is also important to pass your itinerary on to a colleague. That way, if something goes wrong, they’ll have accurate information about your whereabouts.

Stay connected to family and friends with $5 Roaming

Access to the internet is certainly the easiest way to streamline your business trip experience. Don’t limit your accessibility by trying to rely on unstable Wi-Fi connections. Vodafone offers $5 Roaming in 80 countries; so you can use your plan for just $5 extra per day. And if you need to connect multiple devices on the go, sign up to a mobile broadband plan with a modem that also comes with $5 Roaming.

Don’t be late

It is not uncommon for a business trip itinerary to be packed with places to be and people to meet, so you can’t afford to get too far off schedule. Because of that, keep an eye out for delays online and give yourself a bit more time than you usually would to get to the airport. Download your airline’s app to your smartphone, that way you can check-in online to save time and you might receive notifications of any delays to your flight. With Google Maps TM on your phone, you can find approximate travel times from your location to the airport – these travel times cover a variety of transport options including, cars, buses, trains, and taxis. Google Maps also takes into account, traffic, road blocks, and delays in public transportation.

Make it fun

At the end of the day, once all the necessary preparations have been made, make sure you take advantage of the travel opportunity. See the sights, eat the food, be a tourist. A few apps you can download to your smartphone can contribute to making your trip a 5-star one. TripAdvisor® and Zomato can help you find top rated food and drink for you to enjoy in your free time. Airbnb and can help sort out all your accommodation needs. Finally, Uber and Grab can help you get around with ease, saving you from trying to navigate any difficult public transport systems.


With Vodafone $5 Roaming, travel further and stay connected. You can use Vodafone’s $5 Roaming with your phone, tablet or postpaid mobile broadband plan for just $5 extra a day in 80 countries, for up to 90 days in a calendar year. Countries may vary, so check the list of included countries before you travel. If you’re on a Vodafone Infinite or Plus Plan, you can only use Max Speed data with $5 Roaming, along with your call and text inclusions. If you’re on an Ultra+ Plan, you can use unlimited mobile data on your phone.

Terms and conditions

$5 Roaming
Countries subject to change, see current list and full details. Available to eligible customers. $5 Daily Charge is in addition to minimum monthly spend. For all postpaid plans, once your included data, Hotspot Data (available on Ultra+ Plans), or Max Speed data (as applicable for your plan) is exhausted, additional data will be automatically added at a charge of $5/GB ($0.005/MB) (“Additional Data”). Additional Data expires at the end of your billing month, is not shareable and can only be used while in $5 Roaming countries. Prepaid services need to add a Prepaid Roaming Add-On.  Opt-out at any time, visit My Vodafone or call 1555. All roaming services subject to network availability.

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Luke is an enthusiastic writer with a background in creative writing and content marketing. He began his content journey in Auckland, managing a wedding blog. Luke considers himself a passionate grammarian and a thorough researcher; skills he undoubtedly picked up while completing his postgraduate studies in Ancient History. In his spare time, Luke peruses the specials aisle in the supermarket, and works to pay for the backyard that his future dogs deserve.