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For some, business travel can feel like an episode of The Amazing Race—rushed, stressful and a real hassle. But it doesn’t have to be as dramatic as reality TV, especially with some tips and tricks from Utah’s most savvy road warriors.
Ready at a Moment’s Notice
Kate Hart has packing down to a science. As the JetBlue Airways director of customer support in Salt Lake City, she is on the road several days each month. She is always ready to go because she keeps a list of must haves in her travel bag at all times.
“The thing that saves the most time is having my bag pre-packed and loaded all of the time so the only thing I have to think about is my clothes,” Hart explains. “This also helps to avoid arriving at a destination and realizing something was left at home.”
Pack to Carry On
Hart travels with an 18-inch roller bag and a briefcase/purse that sits on top of the roller. Her rule of thumb? “If it doesn’t fit in those two bags, it’s not going with me.”
This strategy works for a one-day trip or a seven-day trip.
“You can fit everything you need into this bag. It’s all about being strategic and how I plan my clothing,” she says.
When checking a bag is necessary, Hart places several business cards inside her bag for identification purposes and in case the external tag falls off during travel. She also ensures that she carries on her high value items such as keys, medicine, toiletries and electronics—items that couldn’t be replaced if the bag were lost.
Reduce and Reuse
Optimize the space in your bag with Hart’s tips:
Get Through Security Faster
Hart has a system in place that helps her breeze through airport security:
1. Shoes, belts, jewelry, etc.
2. Laptop, liquids and other electronics
3. Suitcase/briefcase purse
“I do it in that order so that when I get through, I can get dressed quickly and put those things back on while they’re still scanning my bag. Then the laptop comes through next, and I can easily put that in my bag, along with toiletries. It speeds up the process,” Hart says.
Frequent travelers should consider becoming a TSA Pre✓ Trusted Traveler. Managed by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), this program allows qualifying frequent flyers to go through an annual pre-screening assessment, which enables them to skip security lines at designated airports. Find more information at www.tsa.gov.
Pack for In-flight Comfort
Frequent business traveler Amber Hunter has sage advice for in-flight comfort essentials: