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Safety Nugget Week of November 16 - Travel Safety< Back to Blog

Nov 19, 2015
By: T. Cai
Categories: Safety

FRI is a global leading consortium that conducts cutting edge research work for chemical process industries (CPI).  FRI staff members travel regularly in USA and sometime overseas.  As a matter of fact, I am writing to you out of my locked hotel room in Tokyo, Japan.  Just as you are at work, safety should also be a priority when you are traveling. You’re vulnerable when you’re on the road, so take steps to protect yourself and your family and equipment. Tips below will help to keep you safe on your next business trip and any other trips.   The holiday season is just around the corner and many travel during this time.  I hope that all of you and your loved ones travel safely; and have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.  

Home Secure Home

If you are leaving behind an empty house, and you have an alarm system, make sure you have a lawn sign or a sticker on your front and back doors stating so. And since a place that has no signs of life is appealing to burglarize, set your sprinklers and lights on a timer so they turn on and off when you’re not around.

In Your Bag

  • Along with prescription drugs, pack over-the-counter medications so you can start treatment at the first sign of illness.
  • Don’t pack your passport in luggage that you plan to check in — your bags could be lost or stolen.
  • Keep your cell phone with you at all times, with its batteries charged. 

At the Airport

  • Keep your eyes on your carry-on bags. Don’t put them on the conveyer belt to be scanned until the person ahead of you clears security.
  • Shield from view any contact information attached to your luggage.
  • On the plane, keep your laptop underneath the seat in front of you when you’re not using it, not in the overhead compartment where it could get tossed around or stolen. 

On the Road

  • Learn how to use your rental car’s headlights, hazard lights, and locks before you leave the rental agency’s parking lot.
  • Get instructions from the rental agency about what to do in case the car breaks down or you have an accident.
  • Have a road map and clear directions. If you get lost, pull over only in well-lit, populated areas. 

At Your Hotel

  • Don’t stay in rooms that open onto the street.
  • Know hotel security’s phone number. Find out if a security officer is on call 24 hours a day.
  • Ask a security officer to walk you to your car late at night.
  • Don’t work out in the exercise room alone, especially late at night.
  • After you check in, have a bellhop escort you to your room to make sure it’s secure.
  • Ask room service to call you right before they deliver a meal.
  • Know how to dial an outside line from your room in case you need help.
  • Leave the Do Not Disturb sign on your door even when you’re out. 

Traveling Abroad

  • Check with the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs for information about your destination, including health conditions, travel advisories, political disturbances, and security information.
  • Hire a risk-assessment service to review your travel itinerary and advise you on how to stay safe in your particular destination.
  • Get familiar with the local laws and customs of the country to which you’re traveling. 


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