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  • Writer's pictureKrista Wise

Going the Extra Mile: Lena Murray's Expert Tips for Cross-Country Commuting




In the fast-paced world of business, sometimes landing that dream job requires more than just acing the interview. For this new hire Scott, the journey to his new position involves more than just relocating to a different city—it means commuting across the country for six months. Enter Lena Murray, a talented and compassionate member of the WiseHR Group team, who went above and beyond to ensure Scott’s transition was as smooth as possible.


As Scott prepared for his extended cross-country commute, Lena shared a wealth of travel tips that not only will make the journey more comfortable but also minimize the inevitable stress that comes with frequent travel. Here are some of Lena's invaluable suggestions:


1. TSA PreCheck and CLEAR Membership

Lena emphasized the importance of expedited security screening, suggesting that Scott invest in TSA PreCheck. However, she took it a step further by recommending CLEAR membership as well. Having both options will allow him to assess the lines each day and choose the faster route, saving precious time during his travels.

2. Pack Smart: Extra Sets of Everything

To streamline the packing process and minimize the risk of forgetting essentials, Lena advised Scott to maintain extra sets of clothing, shoes, and toiletries in both his departure and destination states. Additionally, having a small set of toiletries in his carry-on will prove invaluable in case of delays or cancellations.

3. Stay Charged: Multiple Sets of Chargers and Cords

Never underestimate the importance of staying connected. Lena's tip was to keep a set of chargers and cords permanently in his carry-on bag, ensuring Scott would have the necessary power for his devices while in transit. Duplicating these sets in both residences also eliminates the hassle of packing and unpacking each week.

4. Comfort on the Go: Roll-Up Neck Pillow

For those long flights and airport layovers, Lena recommended a roll-up neck pillow that conveniently stayed inside a pouch and clipped to his carry-on. This simple addition will provide Scott with the comfort he needs during his frequent travels.

5. Loyalty Pays Off: Stick to One Credit Card/Airline

Recognizing the demands of Scott's extensive travel schedule, Lena advised him to establish loyalty to a specific credit card and airline. This loyalty not only will grant access to upgrades but also unlock rewards and lounge amenities. These lounges, equipped with comfortable seating, restrooms, and complimentary food and beverages, will prove to be a sanctuary during extended waits and delays.


Lena's thoughtful and practical tips will transform Scott’s cross-country commuting experience from a potential logistical nightmare to a well-orchestrated routine. Her insights not only will save time but also make each trip a more comfortable and enjoyable endeavor. In the world of work, where every detail matters, Lena's commitment to going the extra mile for this new hire sets an inspiring example for all of us.  

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