Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 23 of 23
  1. #1
    long time visiter Alfster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    SW Ontario
    My Bikes
    2005 Trek 6700 disc 2007 Orbea Onix 2009 Raleigh One Way
    Posts
    579
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Business Travel ... what do you take along to make it more pleasant?

    Aside from common clothing and toiletries, what do you pack on a business trip to make your life easier / more pleasant?

    Some of the items I take to make travel more bearable are:

    1) MS Surface 2. This is in addition to the heavy company laptop I have to drag around on business trips. Hopefully our company smartens up and adopts newer tablet technology for the majority of business travelers.
    2) My own bar of soap (Dove). Can't stand most hotel's soaps.

  2. #2
    Senior Member Wilfred Laurier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    986
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    earplugs
    and
    money for booze

  3. #3
    Senior Member bikebuddha's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Somewhere in time
    Posts
    1,101
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Honestly I try and take as little as possible traveling is such an incredible pain these days the less the better.
    The few, the proud, the likely insane, Metro-Atlanta bicycle commuters.

  4. #4
    Senior Member RPK79's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    SE MN
    My Bikes
    Fuji Roubaix Pro
    Posts
    1,559
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You can pack pretty much all of your entertainment right into your phone now days. Netflix, Hulu+, Nook app, and whatever else might entertain you. I just bring some headphones to keep my video watching private and stick to the Nook app if I'm going to be away from a charger for long periods (my phone will let me read a book on it all day without needing a charge). That's really all I need. Not that I do a ton of business travel in my current line of business (cost accounting).

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Bay Area, Calif.
    Posts
    4,387
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    1) My Bike Friday Pocket Rocket for exploring a different city and surroundings before/after meetings. (Sometimes take the trailer/suitcase too if it's convenient to ride to/from the airport.)
    2) GPS to find my way around (whether walking, biking, or driving)
    3) Kindle

  6. #6
    Senior Member jdon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    Lynskey R230, S-Works Epic, Bianchi Speciale, Tricross Expert
    Posts
    4,127
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My bicycle, a photo of the wife,kids and dogs. iPod. My own blend of tea. Kindle. Laptop. My own soap as well.
    Ionnsaich aig casan latha an-d, bi be airson latha an-diugh, bi an dchas airson latha a-maireach.

  7. #7
    genec genec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    san diego
    My Bikes
    custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2
    Posts
    22,379
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Books... they help alleviate the boredom of long airflights, and are very portable. Earplugs, they help reduce the overwhelming noise of long airflights... other than that I pack very light. I have not traveled with anything but carry-on for well over 20 years, and at times can carry just what I need in a small knapsack.

  8. #8
    Senior Member RPK79's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    SE MN
    My Bikes
    Fuji Roubaix Pro
    Posts
    1,559
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    Books... they help alleviate the boredom of long airflights, and are very portable. Earplugs, they help reduce the overwhelming noise of long airflights... other than that I pack very light. I have not traveled with anything but carry-on for well over 20 years, and at times can carry just what I need in a small knapsack.
    I love the feel of a book in my hands, but I've converted to reading books on my phone now for portability reasons (other than a few favorites that I always buy the 1st edition hardcover and get signed). I find myself reading a lot more often now since I ALWAYS have my book with me.

  9. #9
    genec genec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    san diego
    My Bikes
    custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2
    Posts
    22,379
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    I love the feel of a book in my hands, but I've converted to reading books on my phone now for portability reasons (other than a few favorites that I always buy the 1st edition hardcover and get signed). I find myself reading a lot more often now since I ALWAYS have my book with me.
    Yeah I still prefer paper... the feeling, the smell and the fact that they work without batteries... I also enjoy adding notations in the margins of some books and that still works best with pencil and paper.

  10. #10
    Senior Member RPK79's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    SE MN
    My Bikes
    Fuji Roubaix Pro
    Posts
    1,559
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    Yeah I still prefer paper... the feeling, the smell and the fact that they work without batteries... I also enjoy adding notations in the margins of some books and that still works best with pencil and paper.
    You can highlight a section of an e-book and make a notes on it. You can also search through the book for words or phrases. Also, if you don't know the meaning to a word you can highlight it and look it up. I do like flipping through paper though. I don't miss losing my page though!

  11. #11
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,020
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    An inflatable pillow, not one of those horse collar jobs, but a real 4 sided one. It lets you lean against the air frame and cancels the vibrations.

    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Western PA
    My Bikes
    Junk Walmart Job - Mongoose DXR mountain bike
    Posts
    372
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Since I am the technician and not one of the engineers, salesmen, or business men, I am the one doing the work if I have to travel.

    The first time I traveled, I had my steeltoe boots, my earplugs, my safety glasses and I forgot one thing, a safety lock. I had to enter into the equipment's molding area and didn't know what to do. I asked one of the guys whom I was working with from the company I was visiting if they had a safety lock I could use to isolate the power and he looked at me like I was an idiot, LOL.

    I had to work with a broom handle from outside of the press. No way I was entering into a 6000 psi hydraulic press with the capability of someone else energizing it, nor would I allow them to enter their machine that I was operating.

    Other than clothes and my safety equipment (sans the lock) I didn't have a company laptop at the time, didn't have a laptop myself, there was no such things as smartphones or tablets, pretty much all I took was a book.

    Didn't even have time to read any of the book. The salesman I was meeting from our corporate office asked me in the airport, "do you play golf?" I responded that I don't play golf and he said, "Well, you do now." LOL. Ended up on the golf course with no idea what I was doing until dark, dinner at something like 9 pm (I am use to eating between 4 and 4:30 so we can all eat together after the kids get home and before my wife leaves for work) and crashed at 10 pm in the room exhausted.
    Ride no faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!

  13. #13
    long time visiter Alfster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    SW Ontario
    My Bikes
    2005 Trek 6700 disc 2007 Orbea Onix 2009 Raleigh One Way
    Posts
    579
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    jdon, we still need to meet up some time when you're in Edmonton. I still need to meet up with sixty fiver too ... but I've been too busy traveling. Like the photo of family. I have a few picks on the blackberry

  14. #14
    Senior Member jdon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    Lynskey R230, S-Works Epic, Bianchi Speciale, Tricross Expert
    Posts
    4,127
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    jdon, we still need to meet up some time when you're in Edmonton. I still need to meet up with sixty fiver too ... but I've been too busy traveling. Like the photo of family. I have a few picks on the blackberry
    That will be nice. It will have to wait for the new year though as I am out of here Thursday and won't be back until Jan 15. Well needed break.
    Last edited by jdon; 12-09-13 at 10:38 PM.
    Ionnsaich aig casan latha an-d, bi be airson latha an-diugh, bi an dchas airson latha a-maireach.

  15. #15
    Me and the cat... Pamestique's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Tustin, CA
    My Bikes
    2002 Lemond Zurich, 2006 Santa Cruz Superlight, 2010 Landshark, 2012 Santa Cruz Juliana
    Posts
    4,265
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
    Honestly I try and take as little as possible traveling is such an incredible pain these days the less the better.
    words of wisdom... I travel just about every week... I find other than the very essential clothes and toileties I need, I take nothing else... its all a hassle to drag through an airport. I've learned to just relax and rest while on a plane... don't need mindless entertainment to keep myself occupied. Once I am at my destination I am too busy to worry about anything else.
    ______________________________________________________________

    Private docent led mountain bike rides through Limestone Canyon. Go to letsgooutside.org and register today! Also available: hikes, equestrian rides and family events as well as trail maintenance and science study.

  16. #16
    Senior Member jdswitters's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Fort Collins CO
    My Bikes
    Torker Graduate, Schwinn windwood, Salsa Fargo, 2010 Felt NBBcruiser, '59 magneet path racer, mongoose beast
    Posts
    700
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm on a plane an average of every two weeks and also believe in going light to avoid hassle. My one entertainment other than a magazine or a book is a small book of sudoku puzzles.
    Torker Graduate, 288 rods a day without pub detours.

  17. #17
    Senior Member RPK79's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    SE MN
    My Bikes
    Fuji Roubaix Pro
    Posts
    1,559
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    Since I am the technician and not one of the engineers, salesmen, or business men, I am the one doing the work if I have to travel.

    The first time I traveled, I had my steeltoe boots, my earplugs, my safety glasses and I forgot one thing, a safety lock. I had to enter into the equipment's molding area and didn't know what to do. I asked one of the guys whom I was working with from the company I was visiting if they had a safety lock I could use to isolate the power and he looked at me like I was an idiot, LOL.

    I had to work with a broom handle from outside of the press. No way I was entering into a 6000 psi hydraulic press with the capability of someone else energizing it, nor would I allow them to enter their machine that I was operating.

    Other than clothes and my safety equipment (sans the lock) I didn't have a company laptop at the time, didn't have a laptop myself, there was no such things as smartphones or tablets, pretty much all I took was a book.

    Didn't even have time to read any of the book. The salesman I was meeting from our corporate office asked me in the airport, "do you play golf?" I responded that I don't play golf and he said, "Well, you do now." LOL. Ended up on the golf course with no idea what I was doing until dark, dinner at something like 9 pm (I am use to eating between 4 and 4:30 so we can all eat together after the kids get home and before my wife leaves for work) and crashed at 10 pm in the room exhausted.
    I'm amazed that there are still companies out there without lockout tagout procedures. How do they find companies willing to insure them?

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Nanaimo.B.C. The We't coast of Canada
    Posts
    1,285
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I bet I know what the first thing that went into his suitcase on his next trip was.

  19. #19
    Senior Member Wilfred Laurier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    986
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    I'm amazed that there are still companies out there without lockout tagout procedures. How do they find companies willing to insure them?
    from readning his post
    i assumed the incident happened some time
    in the somewhat distant past

  20. #20
    Banned. ModoVincere's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    1,626
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    hookers and blow

  21. #21
    Senior Member Wilfred Laurier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    986
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    hookers and blow
    generally both can be found at your destination
    which saves a packing hassle

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Western PA
    My Bikes
    Junk Walmart Job - Mongoose DXR mountain bike
    Posts
    372
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier View Post
    from readning his post
    i assumed the incident happened some time
    in the somewhat distant past
    FYI, around 2004. Don't know if you would consider that distant past or not. We've been doing Lockout/Tagout since we opened in 1995 and I also did Lockout/Tagout starting around 1989 working in a grocery store.
    Ride no faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Irving, TX
    My Bikes
    Schwinn Paramount
    Posts
    308
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't travel a lot for business but I travel to visit family, etc. I carry something to read, and my small laptop if possible. That's all that I need to occupy my time. I get really grumpy if I have to go somewhere that doesn't have internet access.

    I've seen people on airplanes wearing noise-canceling headphones. That might be good for relaxing on the plane but I don't travel enough to justify the expense and it also bothers me to be completely cut off from my surroundings.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •