Knowing your home airport’s business-friendly secrets is just one way to make work-related travel more efficient and less stressful.

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Knowing your home airport’s business-friendly secrets is just one way to make work-related travel more efficient and less stressful.

And just when you think you’ve mastered Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, things change, such as airlines, routes, restaurants and even the amenities.

“We’ve upgraded Wi-Fi in many parts of airport this past summer, with faster, more reliable service,” says Sea-Tac spokesperson Brian DeRoy.

That’s just one way that Sea-Tac caters to business travelers. It also offers laptop-charging stations with stand-up desks, and recently added softer seats throughout — perfect for settling in for some exciting expense reports, perhaps. Seven new suites for nursing moms, each with a table, large seat and power outlets, were installed.

No airline club membership? No problem. For a $40 day pass, The Club at SEA provides Wi-Fi, workstations, meeting rooms, views of the Olympic Mountains, complimentary snacks, beverages and bar service.

Beyond the local airport savvy, here are five universal business-travel tips from a local pro that apply to any origin or destination.

Say yes to TSA Precheck. “It may be a personal expense, but it’s well worth the $85 for a 5-year membership,” says former road warrior Tyler Dion, a recruiter with the Seattle office of Robert Half, a recruiting company for accounting and finance. “I’d pay it out of pocket immediately.”

Available to U.S. citizens, nationals and legal permanent residents, TSA Precheck is a fast-track through the security line, and you get to keep your shoes on — in addition to your belt and jacket. Liquids and laptops can stay stashed away in the suitcase, too.

Precheck requires a 5-minute online application, then a 10-minute in-person appointment for a background check and fingerprinting.

Expense smart. Understand your corporate expense policy. “Assuming that round of golf, a client dinner or round of drinks can be expensed when it may be against your company policy could leave you with a very large personal expense,” Dion says. Then, find out the simplest way to send in your receipts — ideally, via an app.

As an example, he references Concur, an expense-management system that offers an add-on app allowing travelers to snap a photo the receipt, then upload it into the expense management system. “No more Costanza wallets with receipts spilling out,” Dion says, referring to George Costanza, the disorganized “Seinfeld” character.

Speaking of apps, Dion recommends downloading those of any company you’ll be using during your travel: airlines, car rental, parking lots and hotels.

Pack facts. Here, Dion has strong feelings. “Never, ever, ever check a bag,” he says. Checked bags run the risk of missing connecting flights — and there goes your suit. You don’t want to be the one at the meeting wearing the same smelly clothes for three days, he adds.

To save on space, pack travel-size toiletries and wear any heavy, bulky footwear. For a weeklong trip, take two suits (turned inside out and rolled to prevent wrinkles), two pairs of pants and five shirts.

Fail safe. Prepare for a potential tech Titanic, Dion suggests. That means a backup cord, laptop and phone. “If you need a key presentation, carry a printout, because your battery is bound to die at the wrong time,” he says.

The essential tech requirements: fully charged laptop and phone — and charging cables. “Never go cheap on cables,” says Dion, who suggests buying them where you bought your phone — or at least the same brand. If you’ve forgotten yours, try checking at the hotel’s front desk — there’s a chance they have an extra, left behind by a previous guest.

Don’t assume your flight will have Wi-Fi or outlets. “Get to the gate early and download emails so you can be productive on the flight,” he says.

Network nationally. “Business travelers are a social bunch,” Dion says. That means the hotel restaurant or an airport bar can be one way to expand your network. Try talking to the person seated on the next barstool over. “Connections can be made by just asking, ‘Hey, what do you do?’” he suggests.

Look for those who are dining or drinking alone — there’s a good chance that you’ve just spotted a fellow road warrior in the wild.