You’ve registered for that work conference you’ve been thinking about and you have all your travel plans set and ready to go. While you’re looking forward to a break in your regular work day routine, make sure you don’t throw too much caution to the wind as you pack your bags and head to the airport.
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“As business travelers, we’re always on the go,” said Jan Overstreet, manager of Unum’s Enterprise Travel Program. “While we’re usually overwhelmed with the details associated with our travel plans, it’s important to make sure we are always in a safe environment while we are traveling.”
Here are a few tips on how to stay safe while you travel for work:
- Keep your cell phone fully charged and on you at all times.
- When possible, get a hotel room above the ground floor – avoid rooms that have doors and windows that open to the outside.
- Make sure it’s safe to walk. Get details about the area from your hotel’s front desk.
- If you lose your key, get the electronic key card changed or ask for a new room.
- Ask the front desk not to give out your name and room number and have them call if someone asks about you.
- All Business recommends knowing how to operate your rental car as well as who to contact if it breaks down.
The State Department has information about traveling in and out of the United States.