It has been week that I have been on a business trip. I am in my connection airport and hope to arrive home and take a rest in 6 hours or so. Cannot wait because my eyes are almost shut and I feel bloated by the airport food.
This trip was originally scheduled for 5 days. On the 4th day there was some kind of labor event in the host country that affected the flights. My return flight was canceled. Being highly stressed and somehow also pissed, I needed to make numerous phone calls over-seas and each time to wait around 30 min (hurricane matthew also caused many airlines to cancel their flights, which increased the wait times.) I could luckily find a flight two days later and also extended my hotel reservation, staying in the same room. This was my first time that I experienced a trip delay at a foreign country.
You know what I am most grateful for? For putting extra clothes and personal/cleaning products/medications in when I packed my luggage. I had thought that I was being spoiled, but now I can see its benefit. I did not need to shop; I did not need to use the laundry service of the hotel (they do not have coin-operated washers and I refuse to let my clothes handled by someone else); and I was not stressed about my other needs during the extra 2-days stay.
So, the next time you get prepared for a trip, consider having extra essential items with you, especially if you have space in your luggage. You never know if your trip plans will change.