5 Things To Bring While Working Abroad

by | Nov 27, 2017 | Blog

5 Things To Bring While Working Abroad

When you work abroad, there’s a certain value to getting unplugged, so to speak, from your ordinary surroundings. Granted you’ll likely spend much of the time in meetings or office buildings, but you also get the chance to enjoy a new area and free yourself from the same old surroundings of your home. So – what should you bring along with you for the trip? To some extent this depends on what kind of work you do and what the nature of your trip is. But here we have a few suggestions, from those that can bring you some traditional comforts on the road to those that help you get in touch with your destination.

1. Contact & Background Information

If you’re being sent abroad for work, chances are you’re fairly secure in your company. Even if this is the case, however, it’s a good idea to take the opportunity to do some networking in new surroundings. You never know what may come of it, or when you might want to leverage a new connection! A more practical working abroad packing list (focused on items like luggage, clothing, etc.) pointed out that you should, bring a few printed copies of your resume or CV; that’s certainly a good idea, and we’d add that a stack of business cards with relevant professional information would be good to have along. Handing these out to new contacts can’t hurt, and again, you never know when you’ll be glad you did it (not to mention it just establishes a professional image among new people).

2. All Booking Information

When you’re working abroad you’re almost automatically at a timing disadvantage. You may be jet-lagged, you’ll be working with unfamiliar business hours, and depending on the culture you’re walking into there may be different expectations about what constitutes being “on time.” For this reason, it’s wise to pack printed confirmations of any and all things you’ve booked, from plane tickets and hotel rooms to bus passes. Having these on hand can save you from hitting any major snags as you attempt to get around, and will generally make your experience on the ground a little bit more efficient.

3. A Tablet

This is more of a comfort item. Yes, when you’re abroad it’s a great chance to explore new surroundings. But at some point you’re alone in a hotel room looking to unwind after a long day, and your tablet is the most versatile tool. You can stream shows or movies, browse articles or, more and more, enjoy sophisticated gaming options. Some tablet-based mobile games approach console quality, and for that matter the idea of being abroad may specifically come in handy, as you may be able to access games you can’t ordinarily play. Specifically, mobile casino platforms have come a long way, with, some serving as near-perfect reflections of their browser counterparts. No one’s suggesting you get too carried away here, but a few hands of poker or blackjack can be a nice way to unwind – and, if the games aren’t accessible where you ordinarily live, they can even constitute a new experience.

4. A Destination Guide

We’ve grown very accustomed to seeing travel-related information online. There are countless helpful travel resources, from major publications like Condé Nast to thriving blogs like Nomadic Matt, and in most cases these can tell us all we’d want to know about a given destination. If you’re planning on doing any recreational exploring of the area, however – or even if you’re going to need to know how to get around for work purposes – a physical, printed destination guide can be very helpful. You never know if you might run into connection issues in a foreign city, so relying on your smartphone is probably a bad idea. A pocket-sized guidebook (which you can usually find), potentially with a map included, can be a godsend.

5. A Real Camera

For purely recreational purposes, you might also want to consider picking up a real digital camera. This is almost a foreign concept for the average traveler these days, because we’ve grown so used to snapping pictures with our smartphones. Typically however, a real camera still does the job best. You don’t have to spend a lot of money</a> to get a very high quality (and very portable) device that will help you to capture the best moments and most beautiful sights from your trip abroad. After all, it’s nice to squeeze a little bit of beauty out of a work trip!

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