A few years ago, my friend had a fairly major surgery. This wasn’t an emergency situation so she was able to make a plan in advance for everything in her life around the surgery. She scheduled the time off of work, lined up friends to watch the pets, arranged for family to come to stay with and take care of her children, and even made and froze several weeks of make-ahead meals. She picked out the clothes she’d wear to the hospital and, on the way home from work one day, bought some fun socks to wear during her stay to cheer her up and keep her perpetually cold feet warm and comfy while she’d be in the hospital. She remembered her phone and tablet chargers. Her husband took time off of work to be with her during the surgery and for some of the recovery time afterward.
Sometimes the unexpected happens to families and leaves them unprepared for basic daily routines, like personal hygiene. Scary and life changing situations, like vehicle or work accidents or quick onsets of health problems, can occur suddenly. Occasionally this requires time in a rehabilitation center, or worse yet, hospice care. Many times, when these events happen, patients and their families don’t have time to stop and think about grabbing their toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, comb, deodorant, or other personal hygiene items. Family members are rushing to see their loved ones and are more worried about them and the situation at hand than about these mundane things. One way that rehabilitation facilities and hospice care can help is to provide patients and their loved ones with their own personal hygiene kits.
As a travel agent, you invest your time and energy to be sure that your client’s vacation or business travel is hassle free, for the best rates possible, while protecting the interests and desires of your client. Even with all of the services you provide, one of the largest challenges in the industry is client retention and loyalty. Of course it goes without saying that further increasing the number of returning clients will provide a direct benefit to any agent’s or company’s bottom line. So how does one do that?
Ah, freshman year. Independence...Freedom...Responsibility (that last one might take a little practice.) As always, it’s easiest to begin with the little things - and at the beginning. That part of the process where forethought, planning and preparation, we later learn, turn out to be decisive. We begin by shopping for schools. We compiled a list that makes sense (reach, realistic and safety schools). Before we knew it, time and applications and AP exams had passed; Jake had gotten into a school that he loved and that we were pretty sure we could afford (and that wasn’t too far from home). All of a sudden, we were at the beginning of that dreaded final step: packing.
Back when I was still putting down my roots in my international travel company, I focused on the core first: making connections with clients and gaining new ones at every opportunity. I knew that I needed to advertise and in an effective way that would yield the results I was looking for. Then I discovered Convenience Kits International
. They were (and are!) a perfect fit for my business needs. Their pre-assembled travel kits
created opportunities for growth at every turn, and adding our logo to the kits was one of the smartest moves I ever made.
Getting my toiletries ready for this year’s annual hiking trip was a breeze. I knew we were going to be at it for a couple of days, and it couldn’t have been simpler to set up my kit because everything I needed was right there for me to choose from. I picked a durable mesh bag so I could quickly locate my gear without missing a step, confidant it would all stay together. It worked like a charm.
Personal hygiene is a critical part of self confidence. Studies show that there is a strong correlation between personal hygiene and self-esteem, and it is one of the basic skills that are taught to small children as an essential part of participation in day-to-day society. There have been links between poor personal hygiene and depression, good personal hygiene and success, and personal hygiene habits and health concerns.
However, easy personal hygiene is not an option always available to everyone. For the homeless and indigent, the facilities may not be available to maintain good personal cleanliness, and they may be lacking the basic products, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush, shaving cream and razors, combs, and more. From church food pantries to homeless shelters to organizations providing street outreach to programs for disabled veterans, all of these organizations and institutions can benefit from readily available and conveniently packaged personal care supplies.
A successful event requires careful and thoughtful planning and preparation, if it’s to go off without a hitch. This applies regardless of whether the event in question is for business or for pleasure. Here are some tips for making a business or family event truly special:
1. Define Your Event:
Every event, be it to highlight a business success, launch a product, or celebrate a family occasion, has a purpose. Are you trying to bring attention to a product with media coverage? Or galvanize a business team with a reward well-earned?
Now that the holidays are behind us, and we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, it’s time to refresh and renew and maybe just relax a little. Winter season is the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway or three-day holiday to rest your body and soul.
Just the phrase “holiday travel” is enough to summon visions of long airport lines, overstuffed suitcases, unhappy children, bad weather, and assorted other visions of chaos. But you can make your life a whole lot easier if you consider purchasing pre-packed travel kits from Convenience Kits International. Here are a few products and a few ways to make your holidays a little less hectic, a lot cheerier, and maybe even give back a little bit:
Travel with kids is one of the
highlights of their life and yours. Memories will be made that will last a
lifetime. If that’s not too much pressure to make sure a vacation with your
children goes well, what is?
The reality is that travelling
with children is an exercise in logistics that could stymie even the most
competent and organized of parents. And at the end of the day, it’s
organization that will save you. Because our company specializes in
convenience, we know all about how to put together great TSA-compliant
travel kits for kids and adults, and we have more than a few thoughts on what makes
for stress-free travel with children.
I have to admit that I really have a thing for products specifically designed for travel. I mean, anything, from airline meals (I just love the way that everything is so efficiently packaged) to those clever, curved pillows made for travel sleeping (zzzzzz). But for me, the holy grail of travel products is travel toiletries. You will find me lingering in drugstore aisles, jealously eyeing those bins of travel-size items: shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, tiny tubes of toothpaste. It’s an endless array of mini size personal care.
While our prepacked travel kits meet most travelers’ needs, you may decide that you prefer to pick and choose items for a custom travel kit. Just select the items and the bag you want, upload your company logo, and you have your own custom kits. Here’s how you can put custom convenience kits to work for your company:
1) Add to your next big event
Any event, whether it’s an international conference or a small, gathering of local businesses, is a place where you want to get noticed. Make your next event a special one by offering custom travel kits to conference and event attendees. With your logo and a TSA-compliant travel kit in their hands, they will be sure to remember that you are a company that stands out from the crowd.
Personal health and self care can be particularly precarious on the road, especially for business travelers. The fast-paced life of running to catch planes, make meetings, and grab a meal can put you on overload. Here are some ways to keep mind and body together while travelling for business.
- Pack Wisely: Few things are more disconcerting than not having the right items at hand, or worse, losing your personal care items at the security gate for not being TSA-compliant. Make your list and check it twice. Be sure to pack all necessary prescriptions, including a spare pair of glasses, if needed. Also, having a travel kit that you can carry on will go a long way toward keeping your sanity and health if your luggage is lost.
Business travel can be stressful, with its long hours, hectic journeys, and back-to-back meetings. In this fast-paced world, it can be hard to imagine that you could fit the family dynamic into a business trip. But there can be a lot of pluses to having your spouse and kids along for the ride. Here’s how to make an enjoyable trip for all:
- Look at the Upside:
There's no denying that taking advantage of hotel nights and reduced airfare is a real benefit for bringing family along. Provided they have a real interest in the destination and want to make the trip, you could have a winning combination. As long as you don't mind kissing them goodbye to go work while they go play, it can be a real cost-savings.