If you have to travel for business, you know all about the snags you can hit. The following are five tips that should help make business travel a bit easier, and that might make the whole thing much more enjoyable.

1. Minimize Packing

The more stuff you have to carry, the harder traveling will be. On top of all that, you also have to worry about losing your luggage as you travel, and no one needs that worry on top of everything else. What you want to do is learn to reduce what you need. For one, you can consider packing fewer essentials, and just make sure a washing service is near where you land. Consider using compression packing bags to give yourself more room in only one suitcase.

2. Long-Term Stays

An issue many business travelers deal with is inadequate hotel rooms or rooms that cost too much. You want to consider long-term stays so that you have a more pleasant stay wherever you go. Consider joining a community that gives you access to fully furnished apartments in different cities with full kitchens. You know eating out can get pretty expensive and is a little inconvenient when traveling. Having your own kitchen gives you control of your food, and it makes visiting a new place exciting since you get to buy local produce. You’d be surprised how much you’ll get to save by avoiding eateries.

3. Pre-Load Your Maps

Many folks don’t do this and end up paying big, so make sure you pre-load all of your maps onto your phone and other digital devices. It’s easy to think you’ll always have good internet services, and that may be true in most places, but not all. There are still several areas around the world that are considered Wi-Fi deserts. Some countries are attempting to nationalize the internet to ensure that even rural areas gets access, but it remains a work in progress. If you don’t download maps in the areas you are going to, you might end up getting lost if you travel too far from a major city. This will make your travels more challenging and maybe even more costly.

4. Manage Your Stress

There is no shortage of things that could go wrong for a business traveler. You probably know this all too well, but you might ignore it. Don’t minimize these moments. They could end up draining and making the trip worse for you. You want to find ways to manage your stress while you are traveling because stress could be your worst obstacle. There are several massage specialists around the world, so consider visiting them from time to time. If you don’t have the time for that, then consider courses online. Some of these are for things like guided meditation and yoga. Choose one that works for you.

5. Be Kind to Others

A smile or pleasant conversation can take you a long way. Try your best to be as friendly as possible with those you meet and with strangers. As a traveler, making connections could sometimes open up doors you didn’t know were there. The right connection can get you a free meal or maybe some discounts while you travel. People want to help others, and if you give them a reason to help you, then people might. It may be a bit strange to open up so much with others but try it and you’ll be surprised how often it works.

These are some things you can do to try to make your business trips more comfortable. You can talk to your travel agent or with your supervisor to see if there’s additional information that could make your travels even better.