11 May The Top 25 Safety Tips for Travelers
Suitcase? Check! Hotel nights booked? Check! But what most travelers and travel managers forget before they embark on their business trip is a solid safety plan. There’s no excuse for neglecting travelers’ safety because each one of us is an investment in a company’s success. Unfortunately, a recent survey says that less than half of major organizations provide any personal travel security training to their employees: That’s where CLS steps in! Although we can’t promise to shield you from every major emergency, consider this a great crash course in travel safety…from your office to the road to the hotel room.
Remember: We keep your travel policy safe with customized programs to fit your rules perfectly. If a hotel isn’t following your specifications to the letter, don’t hesitate to let us know! We’re up all night.
- Before you head out, double check that you have the right travel policy, plan, and budget to get you to your destination.
- Get your stuff together: Pack your passport, photo IDs, credit card, medications, and insurance cards.
- Make sure to take a little extra medication in case your flight gets delayed.
- Gather a good list of emergency contacts for employees to call when disaster strikes.
- Encourage employees to check security on all their personal devices to protect against data breach.
- Check for health scares in your destination. Zika is real, and it’s affecting travelers in nearly 50 countries right now.
- Get any necessary vaccinations prior to departure.
- Arrive as early as you possibly can. Familiarizing yourself with your surroundings can only help you feel more comfortable during your stay.
- Don’t tell anyone the details of your travel plans. Specifications such as hotel name and the next stop in your route are no one else’s business, no matter how nice they seem.
- Keep your cell phone charged at all times. You can find portable chargers like this one for a good deal these days.
- If you’re driving a rental, double check that the lights, wipers, and brakes work well before leaving the lot. And figure out where all your lights and signals are located.
- Ask the rental agency what would happen if you had an accident or broke down in the rental.
- Only drive on major roadways where you feel safe.
Enjoying a safe stay:
- Keep your car doors locked when parked.
- Leave your valuables protected and in the hotel safe.
- Try to avoid hotel rooms with doors that open to the street.
- If the hotel front desk loudly announces your room number, you have every right to ask for a different room.
- If you order room service, ask for a quick call before they come up to your door.
- Make sure the locks work on all the hotel windows and doors.
- Learn where to find the exits, alarm systems, and phones.
- Lose your room key or key card? NEVER assume that it got misplaced. Use your deadbolt just to stay on the safe side.
- Don’t be tempted by any of the updates you find when you’re on the hotel’s Wifi.
- Allow only authorized people to handle your luggage.
- Use your business address on all luggage and carry-ons, not your home address.
- If you’re traveling internationally, do your best to learn a few words of a new language.