East of Ellie team has flown across the country many, many times, partaken in the occasional international excursion (we miss you London) and caught countless trains to NYC. You may have seen on our insta that we were recently in California — we won’t spoil the surprise, but we’re headed back soon for our next event. We love the hussle, but keeping up with workflow on the road ain’t always easy peasy. We’ve got some tips for how we stay on top of it all:
PACK LIKE A CHAMP
This may sound silly, but can you type on your cell phone while pulling your roller suitcase and carrying your travel tote? We can. Want to know why? Because we thought about it first. We brought the right luggage knowing we would need to literally walk and type our way through the airport. Do yourself a favor and make sure your bags can basically move themselves so you can do that one handed typy thing we are all guilty of while you walk towards the airport exit.
POWER UP WITH A PORTABLE CHARGER
When we’re running around with back to back meetings in different locations, we don’t have the luxury of sitting down to charge our devices. When “Low Battery Mode” just won’t cut it, we recommend slipping a portable charger in your travel bag for a little extra juice. (Bonus tip – if your team is on the go like you, branded portable chargers make great event guest giveaways.)
DOWNLOAD DOCS BEFORE YOU HIT 30,000 FEET
What’s up with the wifi? In some flights, wifi can be spotty or not available at all. Don’t take any chances by missing out on hours of valuable work time; download whatever documents you need from online to your desktop. No matter what the wifi situation is on the plane, you’ll be fully equipped to tackle your tasks. Ready for takeoff!
KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS BEFORE YOU GET THERE
Where’s the nearest CVS? How far from the airport to the hotel? Can you walk from this meeting to the next or do you need to call an Uber? When you’re in an unfamiliar place, it can give you added stress and cause a bigger time-suck if you’re constantly figuring out directions. Before you leave, make a list of the places you know you’re going, and anything you might possibly need while you’re there — convenience stores, Starbucks, subway stations — and map it out. Know where everything is and how you’re going to get there, and you’ll be navigating the streets like a local.
OPT FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Driving may seem like the fastest, and most financially sensible option in terms of traveling from appointment to appointment. You go directly from point A to point B when and how you want to. However, unforeseen factors like traffic and getting lost can have you frustrated, tired and worst of all, LATE. But our #1 reason to opt for public transportation when we’re on the go? You can get 100% more work done riding the train, bus, subway or camelback.
STAY ORGANIZED WITH POUCH POWER
If you are like us, your company is nice enough to fly you here and there. But the catch is, you need to keep those receipts handy for those pesky expense reports. Keep a little zipper bag in your wallet and easily slip those loose pieces of paper in whenever you make a purchase, and avoid the anxiety-filled scavenger hunt later on. You’ll be glad you did and it keeps your focus knowing that all those expenses are taken care of.
PACK FOR A SNACK ATTACK
Jet Blue is nice enough to give you some chips and seltzer, but man, on these long trips to the airport and across the country, not having proper nourishment is just another way to exhaust yourself before the all nighters have even begun. Pack real food in your travel bag (our very own CK recommends a peanut butter chocolate chip GoMacro bar) and take a break and a bite when you need to. Then, keep on slugging away on those documents thanks to that magical internet in the sky.
GET AN APP FOR THAT
Many people often tout tech for being a huge time waster. We’ve all been down the Instagram rabbit hole, but Ellie’s here to tell you that if you use it right, your phone can be a major productivity boost. For any pro on the go, there are a few mobile app must haves:
With this guy, you can store all your cards in one place, and pay for whatever you need without ever digging through your purse for that plastic.
Google Suite lets you access your docs, spreadsheets and presentations from any device, frome phone, laptop to tablet, as well as easily collaborate with your co-workers. If your laptop battery dies, you can keep on keeping on knowing that you can still access anything you need right from your phone.
“Siri, remind me to …” Siri can be a lifesaver when you’re keeping track of multiple clients or meetings at once, which is especially useful when you take this show on the road.
Need an event team that can have your back on the go? Come chat with us!