When you’re traveling alone to a new assignment or home after work, your safety is important. On the job or on the road you’ll want to take a few precautions to reduce your risk of injury. Consider these safety tips to help you stay safe.
Your hotel room should look occupied.
When you’re traveling from one assignment to the next, you’ll likely need to stay overnight one or two nights. If you leave the room, put up the “do not disturb” sign, close the curtains and put on a few lights. Your room will look like there’s someone there, so there’s less likelihood you’ll be robbed.
Get a door alarm.
These simple alarms hang on the door handle and sound a shrill alarm when the door is moved. This may deter someone from coming into the room while you’re sleeping and will certainly be loud enough to alert neighboring rooms of your distress.
Pack an emergency kit for the car.
Traveling alone through the country may be overwhelming, especially when you run into problems. Pack an emergency kit with a first aid kit, chemical ice packs for strains and sprains, phone chargers, a list of emergency numbers in case your phone is lost or stolen, blankets, bottled water, reflective warning signs, non-perishable food, and a flashlight. Check with your car insurance company – you may have roadside assistance included. If not, consider purchasing a program, such as AAA.
Let your friends know where you’ll be.
Be sure your friends and family know your itinerary from one destination to the next. Plan your hotel stops and the roads you’ll be traveling and leave the information.
Research your interim stops before you get there.
Before you get through a city, be sure you know the more dangerous neighborhoods and steer clear. Consider using Google to find the “dangerous part of XXX city” before you arrive. Check out guest reviews of hotels in the area, which will give you a good indication of the area you’ll be staying. Check out bed bug review sites for listings of your planned hotel. This will help prevent hitchhiking bugs at your next assignment.
Watch your digital footprint.
Avoid public wifi spots as hackers have an easy time of getting into your phone or computer, stealing any information you have stored. If you do need to use public wifi, set up a proxy server before leaving and remember not to enter any user names and passwords into your financial institutions. It may seem like you’re alone in your hotel room, but hackers are everywhere.
Trust your gut.
If something doesn’t feel right, leave. Don’t be concerned about hurting someone’s feelings at the expense of your safety. Your intuition – otherwise known as your gut – is a finely tuned survival mechanism. Don’t overlook it or silence it.
Stay alert, sober and well-rested.
To stay safe, you must be aware of your surroundings, including the people around you. Stay alert, walking with your head up and look confident in yourself. This will deter many from attacking you as they would rather attack someone who is not aware of their surroundings and who looks weak and vulnerable. By being well-rested and sober you have a better chance of staying alert and confident.
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