Travel can be exhilarating but also scary at times. When you’re venturing into the great unknown, follow these 10 safety tips to protect yourself and ensure a happy and secure journey.
1. Choose your ground transportation wisely
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for U.S. citizens abroad. Whenever possible, travel in a vehicle that is in good condition and offers working seat belts. Research the safety records of bus companies, and avoid using less-safe vehicles like rickshaws and mopeds.
2. Check in with the State Department
Did you know that the State Department provides updated safety information for every country in the world? You can search the website and get trustworthy details about wherever you’re visiting. Find out everything, from which vaccinations you need to the local laws to any travel warnings (including crime and security warnings). While you’re on the website, head over to the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) page, where you can register your travel plans. In the event of an emergency (whether it’s a natural disaster, an emergency back home or civil unrest), they will be able to contact you.
3. Review the escape route in your hotel room
Let’s be honest — when you check in to a hotel room, you’re more focused on scoping out the amenities than studying the map on the back of your door. But before you get too settled in, you should take a quick look at the emergency escape routes. You’ll be glad you did if an emergency arises in the middle of the night.
Don’t let a business trip overwhelm you.
Between planning for presentations and meetings, following airline guidelines and packing your luggage, getting ready for a business trip can seem like a project of its own. Keep your workload to a minimum and maximize the time you have by using the following tips to help you pack, travel and enjoy your trip to the fullest.
1. Keep essentials packed at all times.
If you are on the go often, like Jonathan Spira, editorial director of Frequent Business Traveler, avoid forgetting crucial items such as toiletries and charging cables for electronics by keeping them in your travel bag at all times. You may have to replenish some of these items every couple of trips, but the less you have to worry about while preparing for a business trip, the better, Spira says.
2. Bring disposable items to save space later.
Including a couple end-of-life pieces like old T-shirts or socks in your travel bag serves two purposes: One, it can help you clean out your closet at home, and two, by discarding items before returning from your trip, you make more room in your bag. “You can’t necessarily do this on every trip if you travel a lot, but if [you] shed items along the way it makes room for anything you accumulate,” Spira says.