One of the things that delights me most about speaking is the travel. My grandmother once said I have “wanderlust”, and she’s right!
Even though I love to be on the go, I’ve had both good and bad travel experiences. Here are a few travel tips for speakers:
- Travel light–When I’m driving I don’t worry so much about packing light, but I’ve gotten so I just hate lugging overweight luggage through airports. Last year I did a two week trip to India with a small, carry-on suitcase, so I’ve decided I can definitely do a retreat weekend with a carry-on. Building all my outfits around 2 pairs of shoes (one on my feet) really helps. My neutrals are usually either black or brown, and I pick one to build everything around so that everything can mix and match.
- Take a few extras–I love, love, love Hollywood Tape and have a small addiction to it. It’s double sided tape that sticks on fabric and your skin to hold everything in place. (No shoulder slips, bra straps peeking out, cleavage showing, etc.) It will also fix unraveling hems, etc. I’m also planning to buy some skin-colored medical tap to pack. So often I have trouble with over-the-ear mics staying in place. I’m going to be prepared to stick that thing to my neck or face next time!
- Carry all your necessities on your person–I have a mortal fear of my notes being in checked luggage that doesn’t show up. I will always clasp them close.
- Take a snack–There’s nothing worse that making a close connection only to sit very hungry (none of us Americans are starving–just sayin’) on a plane. Or in a car, you know there are long, rural stretches without a single golden arch. A little bag of nuts is great for tiding me over without eating junk.
These are just a few simple tips, but we’ll have more on Facebook and Twitter this week. What’s your best travel tip?