Words by Sam Aldenton
Having to travel for work is often stressful, tiring and seemingly never ending which is why it’s important to invest in experiences and products that take some of the strain out of the process. So whether it’s a paid airport lounge or luxury cashmere scarf, these are the perks worth splurging for when travelling on business.
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A Smart Suitcase
Streamline your packing and travel process and never run out of battery on your iphone or tablet again with a smart suitcase
by Away ($225). The carry on comes with a built in compression system, removable laundry bag, and a high-capacity battery with USB charging.
Depending on how much your company saved by booking an economy-class ticket, one option may be to pay a reduced price, on the day of your flight. Many airlines will offer less expensive upgrades to premium economy or business class?
Alternatively, if you do travel frequently for work but not always in business class then paying for an annual membership with a specific airline’s airport lounge is well-worth the splurge. Qantas Club membership costs $480 a year in addition to a one time $470 joining fee, Virgin Velocity membership is $430 with a $330 joining fee, and Rex costs $299 a year with no joining fee. Check with your accountant because you may even be able to claim the cost as a tax deduction.
A Streamlined Packing App
PackPoint is an app that creates custom packing lists for different trips. The app will make suggestions on what to bring depending on the weather at your destination, activities, and length of travel. The best part of this splurge is that it’s actually free.
A Pair Of Genius Headphones
For anyone who has difficulty sleeping on a plane, look no further than the SleepPhones ($39.99). Developed by a family physician, this headband with built in headphones was originally created to help patients fall asleep naturally without drugs. However they also make for great headphones to sleep in on a plane.
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A Fancy Water Bottle
There’s no need to buy bottled water or worry about whether you can drink the local water when you have the super easy to carry Vapur MicroFilter roll up water bottle. The bottle safely removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (such as Salmonella, Cholera and E. coli) and 99.9% of protozoa (including Cryptosporidium and Giardia). The bottle also comes in a variety of sizes and styles so you can make sure you stay hydrated and germ-free when travelling.
A Kit To Help Yourself Stay Active
Staying active when travelling, especially on short interstate business trips, can be difficult at the best of times which is why it’s worth investing in the FitKit ($34.99) Weighing less than a kilogram the FitKit is a portable capsule that contains everything you need to do 250+ exercises include strength, cardio and stretching.
The Ultimate Cashmere Wrap
One of the most handy and luxurious items on this list is a cashmere travel wrap from White and Warren ($388) which also acts as a fantastic pashmina, scarf and blanket for the plane. This travel wrap is every celebrity’s secret travel obsession from Julianne Moore to Naomi Watts.
Aesop Travel Kit
Aesop’s Jet Set, Boston and London Kits are the ultimate splurges for travel sized toiletry products. The unisex ranges come with your typical shampoo and conditioner as well as the brand’s signature Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Skin Care range.
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Final Pro Tip:
To start off your day when away on business, always begin with a room service breakfast, it’s a total game changer for those who usually skip breakfast or grab something on the run. Also prepare for your flight with a pre-flight massage at the airport, they’re a great way to relax beforehand and wash away the hectic check-in process.