How to Bring Your Family on a Business Trip
If the idea of bringing your family on a business trip sounds like a recipe for disaster, don’t panic. With a little bit of foresight and preparation, it’s entirely possible to plan a trip that is fruitful for both your career and family life.
1. Plan ahead
You might be able to get away with packing the night before when traveling for business by yourself, but adding additional people to your plans means you also need to add time to prepare. Involve your family with the planning to get everyone excited for the upcoming trip. It will be especially helpful to get input when deciding on activities that the rest of the family can do while you’re in meetings. If you have younger children, don’t forget to pack any blankets or stuffed animals that are essential for bedtime.
2. Pick the right hotel
Choosing the right place to stay is critical. While perks like fast WiFi and a convenient location are critical for the business side of your trip, you also need to consider the people who won’t be in meetings all day. Today’s Parent reported that when it comes to traveling with kids, choosing a hotel with a pool is a must. Nothing will get your kids quite as excited about staying at a hotel as the opportunity to go swimming. Not only will the promise of a pool pacify your kids on a long flight, it provides the perfect way for your spouse to keep them busy if they’re spending time at the hotel without you. If you can find a hotel with some form of kids club, all the better.
One of the perks of business travel is that your hotel room will be paid for by your company. However, you might want to see if you can shell out the extra money to book an adjoining room for your kids. Unless you have a suite, sharing a room means that you’ll be forced into bed with the lights out at your kids’ bedtime. And sharing a bed with a tossing child could mean you go to your meeting the next morning exhausted and cranky.
3. Pack an emergency bag
When traveling with your family, Fodor’s Travel recommends always packing an emergency bag. You never know what’s going to end up happening when you bring the little ones along. Pack snacks, basic first aid supplies, some travel games and any prescription medications. If you have babies or toddlers, a change of clothes might also be a good idea. And don’t forget batteries for any electronic games. The last thing you want is for a game to die hours from your destination when you were expecting it to keep everyone entertained for the entire flight.
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4. Add a day or two
While spending the evenings together as a family is certainly better than nothing, you’ll make the trip more special if you add a couple of days before or after the business portion of your trip just to spend time together as a family. Find activities in the area for everyone else to do while you’re busy, and then spend a couple of extra days exploring the area as a family after your meetings wrap up. You’ll make lasting memories and won’t feel as guilty for being busy during the business portion of your trip.
5. Use GroundLink
With extra baggage and people to keep track of, you don’t want to have to worry about how you’re going to get to and from the airport with your family. Take advantage of GroundLink’s exemplary airport car service and let us worry about the transportation logistics during your travels.
“Leave the airport transportation to us so that you can focus on spending time with your family and taking care of your business needs,” said GroundLink CEO Liz Carisone. “Our drivers will make sure that everyone gets to and from the airport with ease, privacy and comfort and as an added benefit, you can request a car seat for your car service ride with GroundLink so you don’t need to worry about bringing one with you for the trip.”