Minimize airport hassles and wait times

"If you travel to the United States frequently, get a Nexus card — a card from the Canadian government that speeds up the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States."

Use a TSA-approved laptop bag to avoid removing it from the bag during security screening. Carry-on luggage versus checked luggage saves so much time, especially at large airports. If you travel to the United States frequently, get a Nexus card — a card from the Canadian government that speeds up the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States. It helps avoid the lengthy customs lines and expedites you through the security priority lines.

- Sherry Marshall, CCTE , Sr. Manager-Meetings, Travel & Card Services, PwC Management Services LP

Avoid the time-zone woes

When travelling to a different time zone, always re-set your watch to the new time zone as soon as you sit in your seat to depart. This way you will already be on the new time and schedule when you arrive at your destination.

- Ian Race, Senior Vice President, Vision Travel Solutions

Always take your own entertainment

 It doesn’t matter what is being offered - have a movie or two preloaded on your tablet or laptop, as well as your favourite music. Make sure the battery is charged and then it doesn’t matter what systems go down.

- James Moore CPP GTP, Category Manager G&A, Procurement & Supplier Management, Rogers Communications

Forgot a personal item at home? 

Before running out to purchase something new, check with your hotel. Most hotels have items like toothpaste, single-use razors, sewing kits, and other toiletries on hand for guests who left home without them.

- Daniele Gadbois, Director, Business Development, Carlson Wagonlit Travel