Business travelers are always on the move and trying to keep track of numerous details: flight times, meeting locations, catching a ride and finding the right hotel. It takes organization and laser like focus to get from place to place. With so much going on, it’s easy to zone out and lose track of what’s happening all around us. It’s in those times that our lack of focus can result in an unsafe environment for us to maneuver in. That’s why it’s important to remember these 9 ways to stay safe while you’re on the road.
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- Keep your passport with you at all times and make a copy to keep in a separate place just in case.
- Count the number of doors from your hotel room to closest exit. In case of emergency you’ll know exactly how many doors to get to the stairwell to exit safely
- Carry a small flashlight with you in your laptop bag, purse, or suit pocket so you’re prepared if the lights should ever go out.
- Use a contracted car service and get the name of the driver when scheduling your pickups. When the driver arrives still ask them what their name is. Don’t ask if they are “insert name”? Anyone can easily answer yes.
- Don’t wear your headphones. Headphones keep us from hearing what’s going on around us. Thieves prey on possible victims who aren’t paying attention to their surroundings.
- Don’t use your cellphone on the street. If travelers are absorbed in something without being aware of their surroundings you could be an ideal target. Criminals strike most when people aren’t paying attention.
- Buy an inexpensive portable lock for your hotel room door. These steel devices attach to the doors strike plate and secure over the knob, keeping the door in place.
- Make sure your Wi-Fi connection point is legitimate. It is easy for hackers to create dummy wireless connection points in public places putting your wireless devices at risk.
- Do not leave electronic devices unattended. Personal information such as passwords, banking information and more can be accessed by unwanted eyes.
Spend the time learning these tips and putting them into practice. They could prevent potential dangers and keep you safe and productive on your next trip. Bon Voyage!