How do you pack for an international business trip?
CCFC’s communications manager shares his travel tips
By Bonar Bell, communications manager, Canada
It’s no surprise airline travel isn’t always easy. It can be very exciting to dream of faraway places, but a journey overseas takes a lot of planning, preparing — oh, yes — and packing.
International travel is an important part of my work as communications manager at Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s (CCFC) Markham, Ont., office. In fact, this week I’m joining volunteer ambassador Rachel Bonnetta on a field visit to Chennai, India, to witness CCFC’s project activities first-hand.
Here’s my international travel survival kit:
1. A laptop computer is essential on a long flight. Whether catching up on outstanding work assignments, like editing video content, or reading thought-provoking articles from industry experts.
2. Never go on a field visit without a camera. While there is nothing quite like the experience of travelling overseas, having rich video and photo content is a great way to share moments with CCFC donors and colleagues. I’ll be updating social media throughout the trip, so our followers will see what Rachel and I are experiencing.
3. Having medication is important when visiting international places, especially southern India, where you can be exposed to communicable diseases. (Note: Always check with a trusted travel doctor to ensure you have the shots and medications you need.)
4. As an employee of a charity, figuring out how I can save money is always on my mind, too. That’s why I’m bringing my anti-snoring mouthguard. Instead of each of us having hotel rooms, we’ll be sharing accommodations to save costs. To be a good roommate, I am trying to reduce my annoying habits — snoring, for example — as much as possible.
5. Sometimes, putting ‘pen to paper’ is the best way to solve problems in a creative and strategic way. While in India, we will be shooting online video for CCFC, so it will be important to jot down ideas — to get quality output. I also like to doodle, so there’s that, too.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.