Seven Packing Tips for Successful Winter Business Travel
I recently had something of an adventure at my job, and it involved enduring more than a little bit of extreme cold. I flew to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to support our communications team on the ground.
It was an amazing week for me. Not only for being a part of the WEF experience and being immersed in the theme of responsive and responsible leadership, but also because it took me out of my comfort zone… in more ways than one.
Going Back to my Roots
My contribution called for some hands-on video skills that I hadn’t practiced in some time and then employing them with tight deadlines in the frigid outdoors.
And as the week progressed, my successful experience reminded me there are many ways to bring your best self to any challenge…
Grace Through Adversity
Life will test you. On any day… a moment can unexpectedly knock you off balance. So how should you handle the curve balls?
First off, how you approach them always makes a huge difference. But there are also certain precautions you can take to help prepare for the unexpected.
Here’s my list of packing tips to help you succeed during a challenging winter business trip.
Bring a Travel Plug Bar
First off… I didn’t…
What I failed to realize when I was packing my type ‘J’ power plug adapters for Swiss outlets is these adapters are really bulky. So I wasn’t able to get more than one to fit next to other existing plugs in the wall outlet.
So if you’ve got multiple devices to power in one location, you’re going to need some help with a portable multi plug bar.
Here’s one good option:
Pack Portable Power
So halfway into my trip, I ran into some additional electrical difficulty. I plugged in my iPhone charger next to the bed and tripped a circuit breaker. The power remained out in my room for the remainder of the trip.
Typically, I charge up my iPhone every night and also use it as my alarm clock for the morning.
So that would have been a problem without my wakeup alarm if I had to change my iPhone elsewhere overnight. Fortunately, I brought along some portable power via my trusty Anker Astro battery power bank.
I charged up the Astro during the day at another location and then used it at night to keep my iPhone up and running.
Thank you, Anker!
Don’t Forget a Small Flashlight
See dark bedroom story above…
Have a Good Compact Camera at the Ready
Sure, a smartphone can handle many photographic needs these days, and my iPhone is always there for me and easily accessible in my right pant pocket. But sometimes, you’re going to need a camera with a few more tricks up its sleeve.
Case in point…
Towards the end of my trip, I was called upon to take a team picture. An earlier attempt by a colleague using her smartphone in the dimly-lit space could not generate a usable photo. The question rang out from the group… Did I have a camera with me that could get the job done?
In fact, I did.
Remember my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10?
The Lumix’s powerful 1” sensor and ample flash got the job done big time.
Dress Like You’re Going on a Winter Hike
Simply put… Davos, Switzerland is wicked cold in January.
(I began my days at about 2 degrees Fahrenheit.)
And I knew that I was going to be spending a whole lot of time outdoors. So what are you supposed to do when the dress code skews semi formal?
The trick is to use the cutting-edge fiber technologies built into today’s outdoor-sports clothing. Sure, this kind of clothing isn’t cheap, but it’s really thin… and you can wear one or two base layers under a dress shirt and tie.
(As well as a base layer under your pants.)
So in preparation for the extreme environment, I did a little shopping at REI and Eastern Mountain Sports.
- My favorite base layer top was the EMS Men’s Techwick Midweight Long-Sleeve Crew Base Layer.
- For the times I needed a layer over my shirt, I stuck with the same thin but warm fleece design instead of wearing a bulky sweater.
I was super satisfied with my new Patagonia R1 Polartec Fleece Pullover.
Losing Stuff will Happen
But try not to lose the important items.
I dropped a glove more than once, and each time someone ran up and returned it to me. That’s great karma.
(Though I did pack an extra pair of gloves)
Believe You Can
Speaking of karma… this list can’t only be about the tangible objects or tech that you bring with you. As I mentioned above, it’s also about what you bring from within…
In my view, it’s usually better to take a chance and risk failing instead of playing it safe and never trying to stretch yourself.
Now don’t get me wrong… you’ve got to be as prepared as you can be.
And never forget to bring the confidence that you can figure it out… no matter what.
All right, then…