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Safety Tips When Travelling for Business

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When travelling for business, it’s easy to overlook the importance of safety during your trip. If you want to stay safe and sound when travelling, we recommend that you try and fit the following ideas into your planning: it will make every trip more enjoyable, and better for you.

Get to know your vehicle

When travelling for business, you will often need to use a rental vehicle as bringing your own might not be practical. You might even use a company car. Whatever you leave in, make sure that you get to know all of the features of the car: locks, hazard lights, headlights, that kind of thing. Also, invest in a road map and make up a travel plan – perhaps using Google Maps – to make sure you can better navigate to your destination.

Eat properly

One common issue when travelling for business is to eat too much when on the go. If you want to make sure that you can enjoy a safer trip, avoid eating too much. Being too full with food increases our risk of problems like travel sickness, and can often make us sluggish to react to situations. When you travel, make sure you do so on a full stomach that isn’t too full.

Also, it’s important to note that fitness is becoming very important in business travel. In the past, we used to relish sitting down and not moving for hours on end, just enjoying the relaxation of the trip. It’s now apparent, though, that this isn’t quite the positive that we had once assumed. This is why staying fit for your travelling is so important: making sure that you can stay in good physical shape will make travelling simpler and safer.

Pick the correct accommodation

One thing that you should always pay attention to when travelling for work is finding the safest, most secure accommodation. Don’t stay in a hotel room that opens up directly onto the street, for example. By the same token, make sure you work with staff to maximize security: have staff check-in with you to the room to ensure it’ 100% safe beforehand.

If you are staying at a hotel, too, make sure there is a 24/7 security system in place. If you are leaving during the evening, make sure you ask the security team to walk you to your car or out of the building: never take your safety for granted when on a business trip.

Travel at the right time

Please note, too, that you don’t need to take overnight business travel. If you have issues that might cause you to have to take risks to travel for overnight reasons, then you should raise them with your boss as soon as you can. It’s better to be fully prepared instead of rushing around in a bid to get there overnight. While they might still say no, it’s always better to ask and try reduce the time you spend in transit when you aren’t fully prepared for travel.

Know your location

If your work requires you to travel out of the country, then contact the local embassy for the nation that you will be visiting. Find out about common travel concerns, look into common health conditions and get vaccinated and also take the time to look into both political circumstance and security requirements.

This will help you to make sure that you can travel without walking into a dangerous situation. The more preparation that you can do, and the more risk assessments you can carry out, the easier it will be for you to travel to your destination and stay safe while doing so.

Find the right legal assistance

Of course, if you do run into any problems when travelling for business, it’s recommended you hire a personal injury attorney. The right kind of legal protection will go a long way to making sure you can get the right kind of protection and compensation should you get injured when on the move. Safe travels!

 
This post is part 6 of 6 in the series Business Travellers

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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