Business travel usually has an itinerary filled with items like client meetings, working lunches and training sessions. Making good use of your time is essential! In the rush of fitting in work, workouts, and the area’s best food and drinks, safety can fall by the wayside. It’s important to remain alert and consider safety during business trips, especially when traveling alone.
Use these business travel safety tips to ensure your trips go as planned:
- Prepare for a safe trip before leaving home. Leave expensive accessories and heirloom jewelry at home. Instead, use professional-looking substitutes that won’t draw attention from would-be thieves. Pack conservative outfits that will help you dress like a local.
- Locate the police station and hospital closest to your hotel and meeting locations. Know how to contact emergency services if you need to.
- Share your itinerary with family members or friends so they have a general idea of where you’ll be during your business travel. If your contact information will be different while you’re traveling because you’re using a corporate phone or messaging app, let them know.
- Familiarize yourself with the culture and customs of your destination. Offending someone, whether in a business meeting or at a restaurant, can be bad for business and jeopardize your safety.
- Take photos of your travel documents and store them in an online backup service. Give a copy to a coworker as well.
- Throughout your trip, keep your bags with you. This is especially true in the airport.
- Make sure you know how to use your rental car’s lights and locks before leaving the parking lot.
- Carry an external backup battery for your phone with you so you don’t find yourself with a dead phone at the end of the day.
- Use a portable door lock at the hotel for added business travel safety. Even if you feel safe without the added security, use the door’s deadbolt and peephole.
- Explore your host city in the daylight. Stick to well-populated areas and carry your valuables close to your body. Only venture out after dark with a group.