11 Nov 11 of the Best Business Travel Safety Tips
Knowing how to stay safe on a business trip is essential.
To know more, check out these business travel safety tips!
Two thirds of the companies that responded to a recent poll said risk management was their biggest concern for staff who were travelling for business. But nearly 15 percent of business travellers have had to deal with a safety incident in the last 12 months.
Depending on your business, you may find yourself travelling to parts of the world you would never consider for a personal holiday.
Let’s look at 11 business travel safety tips to help keep you safe and healthy, no matter where your work takes you.
1. Prep Work Before You Leave
Some of the most important work to keep yourself safe happens before you leave home. Check for travel advisories for the area you’re travelling to with government websites such as the Foreign Office Travel Advice and Department of State’s Travel Advisories and sign up for the Smart Traveller Enrolment Program.
You may want to check the same types of sites from other countries’ governments as well, to see if they’ve highlighted anything not showing on your government’s page.
Check news services like the BBC too – they may run stories that don’t make your local headlines.
2. Get to Know Your Destination
Another step to take before you leave home is to gather information about your destination. Get to know the area around your hotel and check to see where local hospitals, medical clinics, and other places you might need in an emergency are located.
Save maps on your phone or your computer so you have access to them even if you’re offline. Add emergency contact numbers for your destination to your phone’s contact list as well.
3. Set Up an International Phone Plan
Make sure your mobile phone will work at your destination. Different countries have different types of networks so this is something to confirm before you leave.
Make sure your plan includes international roaming, for both voice and data. If it’s not part of your plan, have it added for the time you’re travelling. It’s usually cheaper to arrange this ahead of time so this can save you some money too.
4. Carry Copies of Important Documents
Take photos of important documents like your passport, itinerary, and flight information and save copies on your phone. You can also email them to yourself or save them in a note-taking app like Evernote or OneNote for quick access if you ever lose the originals.
It’s a good idea to leave copies with someone back home as well. If you lose them and need to arrange replacements, they may be able to help expedite the process.
5. Have a Support System Back Home
Make sure you have someone back home who knows your itinerary and is available to help with any emergencies that come up. This could be a travel manager at your company or with your travel agency or it could be a friend or family member.
If you’re travelling to a riskier area, you can even set up a regular check-in schedule. If they don’t hear from you at certain times, they can alert the local authorities.
Or better yet, automate your check-ins with the SAFE Global App’s geo-fencing feature. Once you set up the location parameters, the App will send automatic check-ins whenever you arrive at the locations you set up.
6. Act Like a Local
If you stick out like a sore thumb, you’re more likely to be targeted for theft or other attacks. When you’re researching your destination, study up on local customs and culture as well as how locals dress. That way you’ll be able to better fit in with your surroundings.
Getting to know local customs can also help avoid offending people you’re doing business with. Customs in your country could be offensive in others.
7. Get to Know Your Rental Car
If you’re renting a car at your destination, get comfortable with all the important features before you leave the parking lot.
Figure out how to turn on the headlights and emergency lights, how the door locks work, any tricks to getting it started, and so on. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, that’s not the time to be figuring it out.
8. Carry Backup Batteries
Carry a battery pack so you can keep your cell phone and other electronics charged while out and about. This is especially important if you’re in an area with spotty network service. Your battery will drain a lot faster if the phone is constantly searching for a connection.
Make sure the battery pack can be recharged with the local power outlets as well. Different countries have different style plugs and different voltages.
9. Don’t Venture Out Alone
If you’re in a riskier area, don’t venture out alone, especially at night. Travel in groups or stay close to your hotel where there are plenty of other travellers around.
This goes for amenities in your hotel as well. Don’t work out or swim alone when nobody else is around, especially late at night.
Whether you’re in a group or on your own, you can use the SAFE Global travel App’s Timer feature to automatically notify your support network if your pre-set time period expires without you ending or extending the timer.
10. Travel Light and Cheap
Avoid expensive-looking luggage and pack as little as you can to get you through your trip. Looking like you might have a lot of money or other valuables makes you a bigger target.
Packing light also makes it easier to get around and change locations quickly in the case of an emergency.
11. Carry Personal Alarms
Carry a personal alarm on your person everywhere you go. If you find yourself in a bad situation, the alarm will attract plenty of attention from people around you.
Alternatively, the SAFE App’s SOS feature can help notify your Primary Contact or the 24/7 UK based Alarm Receiving Centre in emergencies, including via one-touch shortcut widget.
It’s also a good idea to pack an alarmed door stop that you can set up on the door of your hotel room, especially any doors that are facing outside the building. If anyone tries to get into your room in the night, the alarm will go off and alert you (and anyone nearby).
Bonus: High-Tech Business Travel Safety Tips
Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can be good ways to check in with your support network back home. Facebook even has the ability to mark yourself safe if a serious event happens where you’re travelling.
These business travel safety tips aren’t always available though, especially if you’re in a country that blocks access to those sites.
The SAFE Global Travel Safety App can help. This safety app offers location check-ins, live tracking, geo-fencing, and one-touch emergency alerts to help you keep in touch with your family and friends no matter where you are.
The SAFE Global travel App can also help with providing key information about the locations you’re travelling to through access to country reports.
Read more about how the App works and download the free app from the App Store for iPhone users or the Google Play Store for Android users to help keep you SAFE on your next business trip.
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