Traveling for business, especially when the destination is somewhere that the small business owner has never visited, can be a scary idea. Are there any disease outbreaks in the area? Is it a high crime neighborhood? Smart small business owners know that it makes sense to investigate these things and then look for ways to stay safe as they travel.
1. Check WHO and CDC Websites
Entrepreneurs who are concerned about disease outbreaks in areas they will be traveling to can find the most accurate and up to date information about diseases through two agencies: WHO, or the World Health Organization and CDC, or the Center for Disease Control in the United States. These agencies both track disease outbreaks and other health concerns, but the CDC is more interested in how diseases could affect US residents and WHO is more interested in how they affect people world wide.
2. Evaluate a Hotel’s or Motel’s Safety
A woman who commutes from New Jersey to Delaware on a weekly basis for two day work-related meetings recently stated that she refuses to check into a room in a scary hotel. Her announcement may seem like common sense, but there are many business owners traveling alone who give priority to budgetary or convenience concerns instead of safety.
3. Use All Hotel Safety Options
Another important hotel-related safety concern involves using the items the hotel provides for its occupants’ safety. Items like the peephole, the deadbolt and the safe in the main part of the hotel are all things that can help travelers stay safe. Since even the safest looking hotel or motel could have an unsafe guest staying in it, small business owners should always be sure to look for and use safeguards provided by the management.
4. Inform Several Key People of Travel Arrangements
If the worst happens and a business owner is caught in a natural disaster or becomes ill, will anyone have any idea that he or she is actually missing? If two key employees, a relative and another business owner all know that the traveling entrepreneur was due back two days ago from the site of the natural disaster, they will.
5. Back Up All Documents
Before traveling overseas, there is one thing all people, including business owners, should do. Every document, photo ID and credit card should be copied several times. One copy should stay with a trustworthy person who can be reached if these items are lost or stolen. A second copy should be placed in a secure spot that is different than the spot the originals are stored in during the trip. If anything does happen to the originals, all that contact info that is helpfully kept on the back of the missing cards is still available.
6. Check the Weather
Knowing before hand the weather will get you prepare on what kind of dress or suit you’ll be wearing not to mention you’ll have the knowledge on which route to take for a more safer business trip. You can tune in to local tv station for weather forecast or install a weather app.
For a small business owner who follows these travel precautions, a slightly stressful trip is less likely to turn into a dangerous one.