Although business travel is pretty straight forward and efficient, there are still some precautions women need to take when traveling alone. Women travelers need to know how to protect themselves and their belongings while on travel.
Instead of putting your home address on a luggage tag, laminate and attach one of your business cards instead. This way you’re not advertising that you’re far from home and you’re not unknowingly giving out your personal data.
Have a spare credit card and some cash that you keep somewhere other than your purse or bag. This way, if your bag is stolen you will still have access to resources to continue with your travel. Also, always keep a color copy of your passport and driving license separate from the originals as well… just in case.
Always be aware of your surroundings when traveling. Pay attention to people, exit doors, and things that make you uncomfortable. Be sure to follow your gut. Women’s intuition is a real thing and if something makes you feel uneasy, don’t ignore it!
Leave a copy of your itinerary with someone you trust. Check in with loved ones daily to assure them you are OK and it will raise concern if they do not hear from you. Use the GPS on your phone. This a good way to not get lost, but it also logs your whereabouts, just in case others need to locate you or you need to retrace your steps.
Keep your valuables out of sight of prying eyes. Wearing expensive jewelry, for instance, might look good but it could easily make you a target for others with not so good intentions. Keep electronics like laptops, cameras, and tablets secure. Just imagine losing all your work or personal documents because of the loss of your computer.
It is also a good idea to store or back up sensitive or important information to the cloud service of your choice. And if it’s your work computer, be sure to secure your systems against cybercriminals. Whether your laptop is stolen or a hacker is trying to access it while you are traveling, you need to be certain that your data is protected. If your company doesn’t already have this in place, seek out a company like Frontline, LLC that specializes in this.