Although business travel is less frequent than before, it’s more important than ever to have everything you need when you set out on the road and to be prepared for multiple eventualities.
Business travelers have more to think about today than they did in the past, including mask and vaccine mandates where they travel, airline delays due to staff shortages and other factors, as well as limited hotel amenities in some areas.
Business travel is expected to jump 37% in 2022, but may not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024. In fact, it’s not just business travel that will lag behind. Supply chain issues promise to plague US and global businesses well into 2022 and possibly longer. If you’re one of the lucky ones doing an office away from home this year, you’ll want to make sure you bring everything you need with you. Supply chains being what they are, you might not be able to find a Qi charger for your smartphone or even your favorite brand of shampoo or conditioner in local stores.
Fortunately, there are plenty of quality products available online that can make life easier for business travelers. The products we share generally fall into the categories of technology or luggage and soft goods. Each of these items is designed to make business travel easier and help you stay productive.
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Traveling can be stressful and it’s easy to misplace your wallet or keys while you’re on the road. The Tile Pro clips to your keys or bag and makes it easy to track your items within 400 feet via Bluetooth. If you’re out of range of the lost item, you can use the Tile app to view its most recent location. You can also use the Tile’s “find my phone” feature to make your phone ring even if it’s on silent.
Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard ($42.49, save $3 with coupon; amazon.com)
Carrying a laptop to meetings or on a plane can be a real hassle. A foldable Bluetooth keyboard paired with a tablet or iPad can make it easier to take notes or work on the go. The iClever BK08 mini foldable wireless keyboard is compatible with iOS, Android or Windows devices. Streamlined and foldable, the keyboard includes a responsive multi-touch touchpad with mouse buttons for increased speed and productivity.
Urbanista Lisbon True Wireless Earphones ($49.99; qvc.com)
Every business traveler needs headphones to listen to podcasts, music, or even meetings in airports, restaurants, or cafes where bulky headphones might seem out of place. The Urbanista Lisbon range is wireless, lightweight and offers nine hours of listening time. They have both touch and voice control capabilities and come in five fun colors, from professional midnight black to tropical blush pink and mint green.
Urbanista Los Angeles Headphones ($199, save 10% with coupon; amazon.com)
Business travelers have plenty of headphone choices for a fully immersive audio experience. But only the Urbanista Los Angeles line recharges with the energy of light – indoors or outdoors. You can also recharge it via a USB-C cord. Active Noise Canceling mode reduces background noise, while Ambient Sound mode lets you hear what’s going on around you.
Qi wireless chargers for electronic devices (from $49.99; myzerocharge.com)
If you have a Qi wireless charger for your smartphone at home, you don’t want to give up that convenience when traveling. Zero Qi Charging Solutions offer the answer with the Qi Pad Charging Travel Cube. The device charges two Zero Qi pads at the same time, plus another mobile device via the USB C port. The Qi Pad is a wireless magnetic charger that stays attached to a smartphone on most rubber or plastic phone cases up to 4mm thick. Enjoy convenient wireless charging on the go
Charging stand for iOS users ($28.99; amazon.com)
If you have an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, you’ll want to be able to easily charge them from your hotel room. That’s where the Premium 3-in-1 Fast Wireless Charging Stand comes in. You can charge your phone in portrait or landscape position so you can watch (or record) videos while you charge. Charge all three devices at once overnight and wake up ready to go.
Portable charging for you and a friend ($99.99, save 5% with coupon; amazon.com)
If you haven’t realized it yet, portable chargers are important when traveling. We love the 18W MyCharge Hub, which offers 75% faster charging capabilities than other devices. With a built-in iPhone cable and USB-C cable, you can help a friend or business associate in a snap, no matter what device they have. There is also a USB port to plug in an extra cable. Charge anywhere with the built-in wall outlet – there’s no need for a cable or a cube just to charge your charger.
Fitbit Charge 5 ($168.80, originally $179.95; amazon.com)
If you don’t have a wearable activity tracker to count your steps as you stroll through the lounges or to count the laps in the hotel pool, what are you waiting for? The Fitbit Charge 5 includes an ECG app for heart health and EDA Scan for stress management, which is what busy business travelers need to keep tabs on their overall health. Sleek and fashionable, the latest Fitbit model is available in a choice of Steel Blue with Platinum Stainless Steel, Lunar White with Soft Gold Stainless Steel or Black with Graphite Stainless Steel.
Lookstand + Detach Mount Adjustable Cell Phone Holder ($45; amazon.com)
If you like to pass the time watching movies on the plane, your neck and shoulders may get stiff looking at your phone, while your hand may cling while holding it. The Lookstand solves this modern problem with a simple solution: a foldable stand that attaches to the back of your smartphone. Standing 7 inches tall for the perfect viewing angle, the Lookstand includes 360 degree rotation for landscape or portrait viewing. Lightweight and streamlined, it’s always there on the back of your phone when you need it.
Travel Briefcase ($24.95, save 7% with coupon; amazon.com)
You can store many things, like your boarding pass, digitally on your smartphone today. But you’ll want to have other documents on hand when going through airport security, including your license or passport. The HERO Neck Wallet holds everything, including your smartphone (up to and including the iPhone 13 Pro Max, with its 6.7-inch screen). The wallet includes an RFID lining to protect your credit cards from possible electronic theft and comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee.
Toiletry bag ($24.95; llbean.com)
Business travelers swear by the LL Bean Personal Organizer toiletry bag. The hanging bag is available in four sizes, ranging from small (for 1 or 2 days of travel) to family size for 5 days of travel or several people. It is available in a variety of trendy colors and patterns, with monogramming options or other personalizations. The hook can hold up to 25 lbs.
Airpop reusable face mask ($24.99; staples.com)
All airlines and transportation hubs require travelers to wear masks. So you want a comfortable and secure mask that will go the distance. AirPop Light SE reusable face masks are fashionable, affordable and offer 99.3% particle filtration and 99.9% bacterial filtration. They come with a replaceable filter insert that lasts 40 hours. Padded nose seal helps prevent eyewear fogging and increases comfort.
Prices are correct and items in stock at time of publication.