Do Your Research
If you’re going abroad, do some researches on the country before you go. Make sure you have any vaccinations you may need and all the correct documents and are familiar with the laws of the country. It’s also a very good idea to be up to date with any political changes or violence to evade dangerous situations that may arise.
You can never be too careful when using electronics. If you’re working while traveling, ensure you have arranged a data plan before you leave so you don’t have to use open Wi-Fi connections – these are not always secure and could result in data loss for your company. It’s also a bad idea to utilize public PCs as these are usually rather simple to hack.
Watch Your Luggage
Throughout your trip, always watch your luggage. If you are taking a carry-on, choose a bag that fully zips up and if any of your luggage contains valuable documents be sure to use a coded padlock. When carrying a laptop, avoid placing it in the overhead as it can be damaged or stolen; instead, place it under the seat in front of you or on your lap. As long as you’re careful with your items you should be fine.
At The Hotel
One of the first things you should do when you get to the hotel checks that there is security available 24/7 – available by phone and there should also be a patrol. You should also always leave the “do not disturb” sign on your door to stop anyone from coming in, and only answer the door if you are expecting someone. If you have booked the hotel independently, make sure your company knows where you’re staying.
Business Travel Security
Business travel security is available; this can be especially useful if you’re going to a high-risk area or carrying out important work that you could be targeted for. They can provide risk assessment and management, travel training and close protection amongst other things. If you work for a company, you could suggest they look into this for all staff to reduce the risk of any issues and make staff more comfortable with traveling for work.
Avoiding any threats to yourself and your work should be your biggest concern when traveling. By taking small precautions, you’ll make your trip run smoothly and ensure your security, leaving you to focus on the work at hand and come home safely.