If you are responsible for your company’s trade show exhibit program, you most likely travel often. For this, we applaud you because we know what it takes to travel from show to show and city to city. We asked our team of exhibit experts, and by default experienced travelers, what advice they would give to a trade show manager who is on the road a lot.
- When packing your suitcase, roll your clothes instead of folding them flat. It will allow more room in the suitcase. (I tried it, it worked.)
- Reserve parking in advance and park off the airport property to save money.
- Carry hand sanitizer and use it frequently.
- TSA is not your enemy, just do what they ask.
- Wear your jacket to save room in your luggage.
- Relax and be flexible.
- Allow plenty of time for traffic and other unforeseen delays.
- When traveling internationally, carry paper maps and contact information. WiFi and cell service are not always as good as they are in the US.
- Minimize the contents of your wallet and carry only the essential cards you need.
- Make a photocopy or scan of everything in your wallet and carry it separately. If you and your wallet part ways, you will have all the numbers you need to cancel cards, etc.
- Visit TSA.gov to apply for KTN – Known Traveler Number. This will make you eligible for TSA-Pre when going through airport security. It’s usually a shorter line.
- When traveling for long periods of time, be sure to have the Post Office hold your mail or have a trusted friend or neighbor pick it up for you daily.
- We all know it’s cool to post our whereabouts on Social Media, but be aware you are advertising that you are away from home, which may make you an easy target for break-ins and vandalism.
Like you, the Exhibit Network I&D team is on the road a lot. If there is anything we can do to make your travels and your trade shows easier for you, please give us a call at 713.290.1212. May all your tradeshows be shamelessly awesome.