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6 simple items to pack for your next business trip to Kenya

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Planning a business trip to Kenya anytime soon? Your trip doesn’t always have to be stressful and one way to make that happen is to  try and summarize all you need to get going. We have even done that for you and compressed the list to six categories. Legendary business travelers have emphasized that the key to successful business trips is to travel light and systematically. Just make a checklist of what items you will absolutely need during this journey. Ensure you have a steady multi-purpose bag that can accommodate all of your items. Anyone who has watched the George Clooney movie called ”Up in the air?” will tell you just to what extent traveling light can be efficient. With just one medium sized bag, he was able to travel across continents without big hustles and even admits how efficient it was for him. This list, however, is not cast on stones as different people may have varying  needs but most of the items here are common. 

1.Travel apps

  • The TripIt app

Business trip to KenyaFor frequent business travelers, this app comes in handy since you can instantly create a schedule with all your travel details in one place. Imports travel plans directly from your email. Get access to your travel plans on any device and have your travel plans added to your calendar for you. You can also be able to keep your family, friends, and colleagues in the loop and most importantly it stores essential travel documents and contacts. Clearly, this app is all you need to get organized.  Just download the TripIt app and get going.

2. Conference/Meeting essentials 

  • Writing materials

A notebook, a pen, and a pencil. People are quite different when it comes to how they assimilate information. There are some who understands things better when they write them, others could just listen and others prefer to record using their gadgets. So if you prefer taking notes this is good for you. It’s always better to have yours instead of relying on the hotel that you are being hosted.

  • Business cards

International business meetings and conferences provide a very good platform for networking, creating new business leads as well as customers. It’s imperative to have your company’s business cards and documents at hand if you are representing them in the meeting.

  • Breathe mints

business trip to KenyaSometimes no matter how quiet or introverted you are, you will have to talk at one point or another. The last thing you want is to have an unpleasant odor during a conversation. And yes, you could have brushed your teeth or the conference room may have some mints available but there is nothing wrong with having your own.

 3. Electronic gadgets

travel gadgetThis includes your laptop,tablet, a flash drive, headphones well as the power chords. Better yet if you have universal adapter kit, be sure to carry it since you don’t want to risk carrying the wrong cables and power chords. Also, bring a power bank to keep your smartphones charged on the go. Don’t leave your mini-computers since we all know that the smartphone technology is cool but not good enough yet to warrant you leaving your other portable devices.

 4. Clothing & accessories

Before anything else, be sure to check out the current weather for your targeted destination so as to know what clothes not to leave. Regarding the outfitting, some travel legends have claimed that black color is your friend, as it matches almost everything official. But if don’t like black, at least don’t look like you are trying to copy the rainbow colors with your outfit.This seems pretty obvious but there are so many things that are tied to this. Another important package is the pants, the shirts, t-shirts, shoes, the socks, and the belt. Also, don’t forget the sleepwear and the undergarments too. For the ladies, chose the jewelry that is both comfortable and at least one that matches the context. Finally, don’t forget a plastic bag that you can put your dirty clothes if you have no plans to use the hotel’s laundry services.  

 5. Travel documents

business trip to kenyaThe most important travel documents as we know are visas and passports. It is, however, advisable to have a high-resolution scan of your driver’s license, passport and credit cards on your smartphone or on your computer. Its saves a lot if you ever lose anything. Depending on where you are coming from, different travel documents may be required and therefore do a little research and find out what else you need.  For example, US citizens are required to have both a passport and a visa for travel to Kenya whereas East Africans can just use their national identity cards.

6. Medications & Cash

Truthfully you don’t need much cash while traveling to Kenya, just make sure that your credit/debit cards are valid & loaded and you’ll be just fine since most of the institutions in Kenya accept them. Since you’re your owns best keeper, don’t forget any medications that you might be having or one that you know you might need like headache pills. For bush meetings in Kenya, don’t forget to carry mosquito repellants and anti-malaria tablets just to be safe.

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