Traveling for business has a way of posing a variety of challenges. While this is essential to getting your job done, you know that it’s difficult to stay on track when you’re out of the office.

With all this in mind, you need to find time to work whenever you can. You may be able to catch-up when you reach your hotel, but who wants to waste all that time?

Many travelers have found that it’s possible to get a lot of work done in the airport. Although this sounds impossible, there are steps you can take before boarding your plane that will keep you productive.

Do you know where to start? If not, here are five tips you can follow:

1. Plan in Advance

Rather than show up at the airport with no idea of what type of work you need to complete, it’s best to plan for this in advance. By taking this approach, you’ll know exactly what you need to do.

Furthermore, this ensures that you have everything you need. There is nothing worse than hoping to take on a project in the airport, just to find that you left something important back at your office.

2. Arrive Early

Are you the type of person who is always running through the airport, trying to reach the gate before your flight takes off? Have you missed a flight in the past?

If so, you know that this can be stressful. You also know that it eliminates any possibility of getting work done before boarding your plane.

The best way to protect yourself against this is to arrive early. Even if it means you have an extra hour or so in the airport, so be it. You know there is plenty of work to get done, so you should never consider this wasted time.

3. Make Use of an Airport Lounge

Whether or not you have access to an airport lounge depends on many factors. For example, if you’re a frequent flier of a particular airline you may have access. The same holds true if you carry a particular type of credit card.

Simply put, if you have access to an airport lounge you should take full advantage. This provides the opportunity to get work done in comfort and in peace. When compared to your other option, which is sitting at the gate or in a restaurant, an airport lounge is always the way to go.

4. Search for a Quiet Spot

Once you scout out your gate, you can scour areas nearby that will allow you to get as much work done as possible.

For example, some gates don’t have a flight arriving or departing in the near future. For this reason, you’ll be able to find an empty (and quiet) spot to set up shop. Just remember to make your way back to your gate at the appropriate time.

5. Use Headphones

There is one primary issue with working in an airport: distractions. If this is something that concerns you, it’s time to invest in a high quality pair of noise canceling headphones.

With these covering your ears, you never have to concern yourself with outside noise distracting you from the task at hand. Instead, all you have to do is keep your eyes on your work.

6. Stay Organized

As you probably know, it’s not always easy to remain organized when flying. Not only are you lugging around all your work material, such as your laptops and important paperwork, but you may also have a bag to check and/or a carry on item.

This is why you need to have a system in placing for remaining organized. Do you know where to find your laptop when you need it? Do you have a place for storing important documents? Where do you keep your cell phone as you’re walking through the airport?

These are the types of questions you must be able to answer. If you can’t, there’s a good chance that your disorganization will get in your way at some point – and that’s not a good thing.

7. There’s More Time

Although you’re in a rush to get as much done as possible, keep this in mind: you can also work once you board the plane.

If you’re the type of person who enjoys working while in the air, consider booking a first class ticket. This will provide you with more privacy, more leg room, and a more comfortable seat. On top of this, the flight attendants are more receptive to your needs.

Depending on the length of your flight, you may be able to accomplish quite a bit before touching down.


As a business professional, there is nothing more important than making the most of your time. This can be a challenge when traveling, but there are ways to remain productive even as you move from one destination to the next.

With the five tips above, you will find it easier to get more work done before boarding your plane. It may take some getting used to, but over time you’ll realize there are steps you can take to be more productive in an airport.

Don’t hesitate to experiment with these ideas, as each and every one could change the way you work while traveling.

What are your thoughts on these five tips? What process do you follow to remain productive when flying for business? Share your thoughts, tips, and advice in the comment section below.