September 16 2008 by Mark Deyer
"A Stitch in Times Saves Nine". What, you ask, has this phrase got to do with Packing for Business Travel Emergencies? This old popular saying has many interpretations depending on who you ask and what your mother told you. My mother told me to plan ahead, be prepared for life's little emergencies and that led to my best tips for planning for the small emergencies that happen when you're on a business trip. A little pre-planning can go a long way to save a business meeting or a wasted business trip.
- Start with a List - and I'm talking about a packing list that you have already compiled and keep on your computer. Simply print it out each time you're packing and follow it even though you've done it a million times before.
- Medications - If you're taking prescribed medications, it's a good idea to keep at least a week's supply of medication on hand in their original prescribed bottles so you don't find you're out of a prescription when packing.
- Basic First Aid - pack a small baggie with medicated band-aids, sleeping aids, pain-relievers, Pepto-Bismol and a packet of Emergen-C and hand sanitizer. (You really don't want to know how "unclean" those airplanes are!)
- Spot Remover - for those of us that have to have a cup of coffee in hand wherever we go regardless of the fact that every time it gets spilled on our crisp, white shirt (or pants, skirt, jacket......) A quick dab of your favorite spot remover will keep you looking sharp for the early morning meeting.
- Computer Crash - we don't want to even think about it, but it does happen. Print out a hard copy of that presentation AND save it on your thumb drive. Just think of the stress you'll avoid.
- International Travel - talk to your physician or the company's travel physician to make sure you have the proper immunizations and prescriptions for intestinal discomfort, food poisoning and sleep issues.
That's it - my interpretation of "A Stitch in Time Saves Nine" - what's yours?