Kathleen Ameche’s The Woman Road Warrior: A Woman’s Guide to Business Travel (Agate) crams Travel 101 into one slender volume. Here’s the straight stuff on fighting hotel noise, befriending a concierge, eating right on the road, and staying in touch with family while traveling. Bonus: lots of useful tips and checklists. While you’re packing, pack this book. — C.T.
  • If you use a travel agent, put his or her number in your cell phone’s speed-dial.
  • Always reserve late arrival at the hotel, just in case.
  • Request that courier packages and other deliveries be sent to the front desk, not to your hotel room.
  • If you’re sensitive to noise, ensure a good night’s sleep with earplugs. Or keep the TV on low for a white noise effect.
  • If you go out alone in a strange city, leave a note in your room telling where you’re going and what you’re wearing.