Travelling for business can be quite stressful, specially if it’s your first time in the country. Everything is about having a plan and being organised. Here are some tips to prepare for your first business trip to South Africa like a professional.
Make a packing list
Do not leave everything for the last minute. Write down everything you will need to bring for this trip. Think about how many days you will be away, what you will be doing during downtime. Check the weather forecast and plan your outfits accordingly.
Bring comfortable shoes
We recommend to travel with two pairs of shoes: one that is smart, and the second pair more casual or gym shoes that you can use in the airport as well.
Keep your travel documents in order
Check your Passport, Drivers License, Medical Card, Credit Cards and itinerary to avoid any issues at the airport or final destination. If you need a visa, give yourself plenty of time to apply for it.
Get a good & cosy place to stay
If your business trip is longer than 6 days, we recommend you to stay in a serviced apartment. It is more spacious, feel more homey and private. You will be definitely more comfortable.
Make sure to have working WIFI
In South Africa, it is not guaranteed that you will have WIFI everywhere. Currently, the country is experiencing load shedding. (Ref: Load shedding, or load reduction, is done countrywide as a controlled option to respond to unplanned events to protect the electricity power system from a total blackout.) So make sure to carry a portable wireless device. It saves the hassle of looking for a place with decent wi-fi and of getting a local SIM card.
Eat healthy and keep hydrated
Conferences, business meetings and events all have one thing in common: lots of good food, and lots of alcohol at the end. But all that good food and all that alcohol aren’t necessarily good. For as much you may like trying new food, specially South African food, make sure to eat healthy or to have a side of greens (salad, roasted vegetables etc..) and drink plenty of water. Research has shown that alcohol has an effect on sleeping patterns – and not sleeping well has an effect on the way you perform on the job.
Have you ever been on a business trip in South Africa? What are your top tips?