Having a Business Travel to Iran needs advices and tips from Experienced people. here is some.
Iran Business Travel tips
Living on the road can be tough, but business travelers need to get used to it. From scoring upgrades to the best way to pack a suitcase, any advice and solution that can make the hassle of business trip less, can be a lifesaver.
Also every single country can have tips for its own. Iran is not an exception, even more than other countries, you need to know about codes, and issues.
We reached out to several frequent business travelers to Iran, to find out their favorite travel strategies and experiences.
Be efficient in your luggage
Oil Engineer and Schlumberger employee, Mathew, says that he always takes his roller/traveler bag with him whether he's going on a long trip or short one.
"It doesn't depend on the length of the trip — I've even been to Iran for 3 days or 35 straight days and I only take a roller bag," He says. "I never check luggage, ever. It forces me to be efficient with what I pack."
price of traveler roller bags are different from 100 to 600 USD. We advise you to buy the 4 wheel bags which are easy to hold, stop and role.
Pack less than you think you need.
Trader and manager of his own company, Rahul from India, suggests thinking about what you want to bring and then paring that list down — by a lot.
"I think about the stuff I want to bring, and then I only bring half," Rahul said. "And you’re still not going to wear a good two-thirds of it!"
Bring clothes that are dark colors.
Nitin, and IT advisor and business person, doesn't put all that much thought into the clothes she brings with him on his travels — besides bringing dark colors that hide stains.
"I am probably the least stylish traveler on the face of the planet," Nitin said.
"To me it's not about how I look, it’s about how the world looks. And if I'm worrying too much about how I look, then I'm missing out on my trip. I wear dark colors that hide stains."
Minimize wrinkles by packing dress shirts in dry cleaner bags.
Roberta from Italy, a sales manager of her company in Petrochemical industry, has a very specific strategy for keeping his business clothes looking presentable.
"In terms of my dresses, which mean a lot to my meetings, I keep them in the dry cleaner plastic because it helps to minimize wrinkles," She said.
"And then anytime I arrive, I immediately take them out of the bag, put them into the shower, turn the hot shower on, and it's like a steam press to get the wrinkles out."
Consider packing a digital luggage scale for your travels.
Overpacking can end up costing you some hefty fees. In order to avoid this, BBC deputy travel editor Anne Banas suggests investing in a digital luggage scale, something that she never travels without.
"It's about the size of a corkscrew and with baggage fees and everything — especially when you're traveling abroad, sometimes the international carriers have different rules for their domestic carriers within a different country, so I always travel with it," Banas said.
"And the one I have you can switch from pounds to kilos, and I always weigh it when I leave home, making sure it's under, and then once I'm traveling, in case I pick up souvenirs, so I know I'm not going over that baggage limit because that can cost you a lot of money."
Price of these digital luggage scales vary from 10 USD to 20.
Pack only versatile pieces of clothing.
It might be tempting to want to pack your favorite standout pieces from your closet, but if you're looking to pack lighter, Julia recommends bringing pieces of clothing that go with everything and that you can layer.
"I always bring as many versatile items as I can," Julia said. "So a lot of layers, a lot of little cardigan sweaters, and T-shirts and things that you can layer over top of one another, and scarfs."
"Scarfs are needed in Iran for women, but they are great also because they can double as a blanket on the airplane if it's a big enough scarf; it can be a sarong, a beach blanket, it can also just add a pop of color to your wardrobe. also you have to know cities like Tehran can get very cold in winter."
Charge everything the night before you travel.
"Charge everything you're going to need, and put it next to your car keys and purse or wallet so you make sure to pack it in your carry-on before driving to the airport," advises entrepreneur Nikita.
"Recently I talked to someone in the gate area, waiting to board the plane, who said, 'I'm going to stay here as long as I can to charge my computer, the battery is almost gone!' Personally, I like to board the plane with everything at a maximum charge; it gives me more confidence."
Be loyal to businesses and they'll treat you well.
"The key thing for business travel is frequent flyer programs," Hans said. Hans is Pharma engineer at Bayer. "You want to be brand loyal so you can get that elite status and have access to more perks and upgrades."
If you don't want to marry yourself to one airline or hotel chain for infinity, Hans recommends at least getting a rewards credit card that lets you rack up points and miles no matter which company you choose to do business with.
Dress nicely to give yourself an edge.
"When flights are oversold [in economy class], sometimes gate agents will pick people to upgrade based on whether they're dressed well, or if they were nice to someone when they checked in," says Mehdi, founder of Business Travel Agency.
To be continued, please check back to have the full article in a while... wish you a very safe trip to Iran :)
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