I had a small idea at the start of this New Year. Writing about strategic management is fine, but I also wanted to see the principles come in action in our day-to-day life. Generally there is a notion that strategies are applicable only in the bigger arena, like a corporate environment or marketing. In reality, every day there is a need for strategic action in many spheres of our activities.
Say, if you are planning for a vacation or an overseas trip, ticketing would be one thing, precautions and safety comes next. There is a dire need for strategic action which most of us conveniently overlook that makes your travel experience nightmarish.
Well, to put it simply, let me give you a few tips on “Back-Pack Strategy”, so as to avoid tragedy.
- Choose light weight clothes if you are on a vacation. Nobody cares what you wear.
- Bottoms can be repeated (of course with a liberal use of perfume) and you can carry more number of shirts and tops.
- Even for overseas travel, there are restrictions on the weight you carry, so don’t end up paying more for carrying more.
- Always travel light and instead of a big suitcase, you can go for two or three smaller packs.
- If you are to carry a big suitcase, let it be a sturdy thing with wheels and a rugged handle and please, please don’t make others victims by being a luggage bully.
- If it is quite a large back pack, kindly see to it the straps are even and sit on your shoulders properly.
- Heavy luggage when not handled properly can lead to muscle, hand, leg, back and shoulder pain and injury. Don’t end up landing in a hospital, and then your boss might vacate you for-ever.
- Always bend your knees while lifting your luggage and hold it close to your body.
- It is but important to understand that if you really want to cherish the travel experience, you need to be a “Smart Traveler.”
- First-aid kit is a must and don’t be hesitant to give room for some medicines in case of emergencies. Diabetics, pressure and heart-patients should pack their medical kit first.
- Kindly make it a practice to carry your own luggage and don’t make your friends, parents or relatives shoulder your burden- Mind you, they might not want to see you the next time.
- Wherever possible, use the escalators and whilst climbing up a stair, make it a point to carry your luggage instead of dragging it behind.
I invite readers to share your humorous travel experiences and the lessons learnt.