Today’s women travel frequently and this too all over the world. Most of them manage to reconcile their professional and private lives. Statistics reveal that almost 50% of business travelers are women and the number is constantly increasing every day. Traveling in less time means being organized and ready to go. Be smart and plan ahead.
1. Keep a list of babysitters ready to help, even overnight if needed. Have a small book at your fingertips writing down things like what children eat, hours they work, important phone numbers, likes and dislikes, along with doctors’ numbers and a list of medications, including known allergies.
2. Always keep a travel bag packed and ready to use. No matter the weather at your destination, pack a mix of clothes to help you. Wear dark, easy-care colors for trips. It shows no blemishes or wrinkles and covers well.
3. Always eat light and cooked foods, and avoid raw salads and water, as well as ice. It is advisable to eat a light meal before the flight as well as try to sleep during the flight. This way, you will reach your destination again. Make sure to drink plenty of bottled water during the flight.
4. Set a time to call home in time zones that suit you and your loved ones. Make sure to keep memories of your family members, as well as the babysitter and others who take over the task while you are away. Show them that you care.
5. Put safety first, always put a “do not disturb” sign on the hotel door, and if you are nervous, put a chair under the door handle as you would in the movies. Keep your cell phone switched on and fully charged at all times and wear protection in the form of pepper spray or alarm or, if you are trained and authorized, use a small weapon with your safety. In most cities, police organize training classes for women to learn how to protect themselves and what to do in an emergency. Try to make time to attend these.
6. Avoid dark corridors and deserted roads. Never talk to strangers or accept food or drink from someone you don’t know. While traveling, do not leave food or drink unattended. Be vigilant at all times.
7. Choose a hotel carefully. Choose to stay in established hotels or inns and B & Bs where the owners are usually family members. Always send email and fax details of your accommodation arrangements and travel plans to your home and office.
8. Always carry important documents, money, travelers checks and a passport in a cash belt that fits your waistline.
9. Always act with confidence and move in groups. There is always safety in numbers.
10. If you are sick, go to a government hospital. Never go to a private clinic.
11. Do not travel with valuables such as jewelry and always carry a small lamp and medical kit with you.
12. For safety reasons, make arrangements with your family to take appropriate action if you do not communicate with them as planned.
Avoid room service and eat in a hotel dining room. Also, never reveal details of where you are from or your travel plans to anyone.
Be alert and smart, and you can travel frequently and safely.