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The demands of tight itineraries, tight suitcases and tight in-flight leg room can make for high stress while traveling on the job. Consider these tips from The Wall Street Journal to make your business trips a bit easier at the airport and the hotel.

Buy an airline club ticket for comfortable seating, a workspace, peace and quiet, drinks and snacks while waiting at the airport. The WSJ suggests, “It’s particularly worth it when things go bad: The clubs’ experienced, unrushed airline agents can solve problems and help rebook.”

Seat upgrades are a major plus. The money spent is usually worth the perks of early boarding and access to faster security lines—and more leg room!

Explore credit card options—some frequent-flier programs allow for free checked bags, early boarding and lounge access, in addition to money-saving miles perks.

Print or download your boarding pass early on your smartphone to avoid getting bumped from a crowded flight.

Organize your briefcase or purse for a more efficient travel routine. Designate an easily accessible pocket for your plastic bag of “liquids” and a pocket for your cellphone, watch, jewelry, keys and pens. Know where your wallet is for easy access to your ID at security. Wear shoes that are easy-on and easy-off. Stick to the same plan each time you travel to gain efficiency.

Make it easy to identify your suitcase at baggage claim by tying a colorful scarf or ribbon to the handle.

Never check the suit or dress you plan to wear the next day, in case your checked bag is lost or delayed.

Always pack a pair of flip flops or slippers so you’re not stuck in heels or dress shoes around the hotel.

Buy a secondary bag of travel-only toiletries to save the hassle of rounding them up for each business trip.

Pack clothing with just two colors so everything matches. Keep things simple and save room in your bag.

If using the hotel safe, place one shoe inside with your valuables. “That way you’ll remember to clean out the safe when putting on your shoes for the trip home,” The WSJ writes.iBi