How to… take the stress out of business travel

Our travel expert Sally Higgs reveals how a little organisation can make travelling easier and stress free

A travel bag containing a few essential toiletries can make life easier and reduce stress on the move

Time-saving tips such as keeping spare toiletries handy can make life easier on the move. Illustration by Véronique Stohrer

Organising a trip can cause stress and create a seemingly endless to-do list. But with our top tips and expert advice, you can make the process more efficient.

Sign up for our email travel alerts

Everyone knows the stress of getting to the station only to find no trains are running. With our travel alerts, you can get the latest travel news and incident updates sent direct to your email. That way, you’re always one step ahead.

Get directions to your hotel using our app

In a new city and can’t remember the name of your hotel, let alone where it is? Our iris:go app saves all your hotel booking details in one place. The app means there’s no need to wade through hundreds of emails to find the information you need. It will even show you a map of your hotel and provide you with handy directions.

Book a cab to the station to beat stress

Hate calling around for a taxi at the last minute and panicking because none are free? Take the stress out of your journey with our taxi partner, CabFind. When you book your train ticket through our booking system, simply order a pick-up at the same time. Plus, it’s often cheaper than driving and parking.

Write a list of the things you need to take

Even if you travel regularly for business, it’s easy to forget the most obvious items. After a long journey, the last thing you’ll want to do is trek around trying to find a shop that sells toothpaste, so make a note of everything before you go.

Keep spare toiletries in your suitcase

Having a spare wash bag packed with everything you need will save a lot of time and stress if you travel a lot. It’s easier than having to pack your necessities every time you go, or worrying about forgetting your toothbrush.

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