On route to a vitally important meeting and then realising on the plane that you’ve forgotten an essential file, your business cards or the right type of outfit: it’s the big fear of every business traveller! So to be more organised: think checklist.

What does a checklist consist of?
Originally, the checklist was a procedure specific to aviation. As its name suggests, it’s a list consisting of all of the manoeuvres that pilots should methodically perform before setting off along the runway. Applied to a business trip, the checklist becomes a detailed and ordered list of all items you need to include in your luggage. Its benefit is clear: once the rush to depart begins, you’ll simply have to follow this inventory point by point in order to be sure of forgetting nothing.

Drawing up an effective checklist
A checklist is best drawn up with a relaxed mind. Consider each situation you’re going to encounter and make a note of the equipment you’ll need: from clothing (does your schedule include a reception requiring formal attire? Do you need sports clothing for unwinding between meetings?), to a wash bag, by way of multimedia equipment and travel documents. The main qualities of a good checklist? It should be exhaustive, easy to read and quick to update.

Checklist: to-do list version
On this ubiquitous checklist, you can also list all actions or tasks that you need to perform and/or check before setting off. Book a hotel room or hire a care, switch on your out-of-office reply e-mail, change some foreign currency… It’s a good way of forestalling possible oversights… and stress!

Small professional tips
You can also draw up several checklists based on the different types of business trips you’re required to make (a few hours or a few days, tropical climates or cooler temperatures, etc.). Another good idea is to photocopy your lists so you have several copies. This allows you to tick or cross