Lubbock, TX is a city in northwest Texas known as “hub city” and the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy Holly. If you are headed to the city for business, making sure you pack what you need comes with its share of challenges. First, you have to make sure you have comfortable clothes that will fit any business situation. Second, you need to make sure your clothes are appropriate for cold, hot, humid, and dry weather conditions. The good thing about Lubbock, Texas is that the weather is fairly predictable.
In addition to making sure you pack the necessities, you want to make sure your business trip is productive yet relaxing. The best way to achieve the perfect work-life balance is learning how to live out of your suitcase and finding activities that you enjoy. Here are some tips for a successful business trip.
Packing for Lubbock
Keep the weather in mind when you’re packing for your trip. Thankfully, Texas has a better climate than most places. The weather in Lubbock is relatively warm throughout the year, so you don’t have to pack a parka, winter gloves, scarves, or boots. You do have to keep in mind that the temperature is well over 100 degrees in the summertime.
The spring is usually quite warm as well. Temperatures are as low as 75 degrees and could climb as high as 85 degrees. But it’s cooler in the mornings, so it’s important to dress appropriately if your schedule calls for early mornings. Make sure to pack a light jacket for cool evenings and mornings or if you are in a cold meeting room. Light layers are always key when packing for a business trip.
Planning an Extended Stay
If you have to stay in corporate housing in Lubbock for an extended amount of time, it can change the way you pack. The longer you stay, the more you’ll have to pack. Some business travelers like to bring a few things from home to make their rooms feel more like home.
If you’re not staying in corporate housing, there are Lubbock hotels that cater to most business travelers. The Hyatt Place Lubbockis a comfortable and convenient option with its amenities for the modern traveler. The hotel is located near Texas Tech University and other popular locations in the city. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour business center that is ideal for any traveler who needs a quiet place to work or print out paper for an upcoming meeting. If working in the public business center does not sound good, you can opt to get work done in your hotel room. Each room comes with a desk and an ergonomic chair. While staying at the hotel you can also take advantage of other amenities like a 24-hour gym and an indoor pool. Make sure to pack your workout clothes and a swimsuit!
Business Packing Tips
Don’t be afraid to ask your boss about the dress code for your business trip. You can also ask your colleagues at work who have already been on a similar business trip. Another option would be if you’re familiar with the people who work in Lubbock, you can ask them what’s appropriate business attire. Don’t pack a single article of clothing that can only be worn in one situation when something similar can be worn in business and casual environments.
Avoid wearing white on your business trip. White button-down shirts tend to require more care than its worth. It can be hard to get away with a stain on a white shirt. But an ink stain on a blue dress shirt might be something you could hide.
Booking Local Transportation
Book your local transportation prior to your business trip. This includes booking a reliable shuttle service or car rental service that caters to business travelers rather than tourists and families. One option is theLubbock Shuttle which you can hire for small executive business groups or large groups headed to conventions or meetings. This option allows you to make sure everyone on the trip stays together and gets to every meeting or event on time.
You can also use a taxi or a ride-sharing service, both of which are convenient and affordable. Most app-based transportation services allow you to schedule your drop-off and pick-off in advance which will prevent availability issues at the last minute. Public transportation is always an option as well. Lubbock also has their Citibus which uses the app DoubleMap to keep track of the exact location of your bus in real time. Being on time to any meeting or event is easy in the “hub city”.
Mixing Business with Pleasure
If you can, try to do one pleasurable activity during your trip. For example, you could visit a museum, eat at a new restaurant, or shop for local souvenirs. You can even take time to catch up with old friends in the area or make new friends. Downtime is the key to sparking creativity and productivity. You’ll have something positive to look forward to at the end of your business trip.
Enjoy the local food or plan a business dinner while in town. Spanky’s is a local favorite with the best appetizers, old-style burgers, chicken sandwiches in Lubbock. Make sure to try their World Famous Cheese Fries. Or head over to Italian Garden for some traditional Italian specialties in this laidback eatery. La Diosa Cellars is another restaurant that is perfect for group dinners. This Spanish bistro serves tapas, sangria and even offers live music.
If you have some downtime or want to plan a day out with your business colleagues, Lubbock offers a little bit of everything for everyone.Head to McPherson Cellars Winery, a family-owned winery that is located in a converted 1930’s-era Coca Cola bottling plant in down Lubbock’s Depot District. Enjoy their tasting room where you can sample a selection of their current wines or plan to stop by for their Happy Hour, Monday-Friday 3-5PM and enjoy $5 glasses of wine. If you want to immerse yourself in local Lubbock music, the Buddy Holly Center is another great option. The center embraces West Texas culture and is a tribute to the famous rock music pioneer. You will get a first-hand look at the music rock legends personal items and guitars.
Business trips are stressful enough when you can’t fit everything in your luggage. If you’re planning an extended stay in Lubbock, things can get more complicated. Staying at the Hyatt Place Lubbock provides you with a comfortable room with a spacious layout for a sofa sleeper, flat-screen TV, and a work desk. All you have to worry about is packing your clothes since everything else is taken care of.