Every business traveler has a disaster story. Mine occurred on my very first business trip, when I installed a password-protection program during the plane ride. Securing my laptop seemed like a good idea at the time. But the next morning when I turned it on, I found that I’d locked myself out of my own computer. So much for productivity, connectivity, or computerized efficiency. From the hotel, I called everyone I could think of and even visited the local Apple dealership, without success. I spent the rest of the week lugging around a 10-pound paper-weight, and I took all my notes by hand. Fifteen minutes after I got home, I solved the problem. All I needed was my boot disk.
Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a seasoned jet-setter, no one’s immune to the mishaps that can wreck a business trip (take a look at “Travel Tales From Hell,” which accompanies this article, and you’ll see what I mean). The tips compiled here prevent or solve just about anything that could go wrong, so you can get down to work while you’re on the road–and safely return home, rating to go again.
Before You Go
The best time to trouble-proof your trip is well before you set your foot out the door. Try to do everything you can to make your excursion easier. For example, some hotel chains have several hotels in the same town, so ask to be booked …