When Covid19 broke out across the globe and quickly became a huge influence on everyone's lives.
As business travel in the affected areas was severely curtailed, business travelers were forced to stay put or put their business travel plans on hold until health authorities gave them the all-clear.
If you’re planning to take business trips in the future, you might be concerned about your safety while you’re traveling during future Covid19 outbreaks.
During this period no matter what trip you are on, business or personal, it is important to keep the following rules in mind:
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (70 percent or higher concentration) frequently, particularly after using public transportation and before eating.
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing into a tissue or shirt sleeve and keep your distance.
You came to do business and you must be in your A-game.
If by chance you feel unwell or feel a little weak, take it seriously, keep your people and your co-workers, and make sure you arrive 100% healthy.
Preparation is key to safely and efficiently manage your business trip. Include only essentials in your carry-on luggage.
Pack smartly: Preparation is key to safely and efficiently manage your business trip. Include only essentials in your carry-on luggage, making sure to leave room for purchases or gifts you might collect on your travels. Make sure you have everything you need to work at hand, a computer charger, mobile phone charger, charged headphones, etc... This is of course obvious but we sometimes forget the obvious.
You should also wear comfortable clothes and pack a few extra items (such as comfy shoes) that will help you feel at home while away from home.
Make sure what the weather is like at the destination you are traveling to, and plan the items you are going to wear every workday, and pack only these items no more and no less, it will save you valuable time.
If it's a short business trip, and this is, of course, possible, try to pack everything in your carry-on bag and avoid using checked-in bags, this will save you time and money. Avoid people with symptoms of covid19 to prevent transmission and allow 7-10 days for recovery before returning to work.
For business travelers who choose to return early after exposure, have a doctor alert your employer, who can support you through any time off due to illness.
As it’s important to be prepared for any scenario, taking some extra time in advance can go a long way.
One of our best pieces of advice is to do your research and know what you’re getting into: The queues at airports today are longer than usual due to the corona checks and the variety of permits that must be presented at each exit and entry.
So a friendly tip if you would normally take a certain amount of time in advance, take more.
Check-in advance what destination you are traveling to and what exactly are the rules and restrictions in this destination?
Entry restrictions or do you need quarantining and for how long? Is there a need for vaccine proof or not? What kind of documents do you need to be filled out? What do the airline and hotel require? and make sure all the necessary documents are prepared in advance, on your phone, or paper.
We are in a time when uncertainty is certain - adjust your itinerary.
Before you leave, make sure your emergency kit is packed and go over a checklist with someone who knows how to get in touch with you while you’re on vacation.
Make sure you have a backup plan in case the trip is canceled whether it is due to illness or due to borders closing.
A business trip can often require getting up at an ungodly hour, so pack clothing and toiletries that are easy to carry in a carry-on.
The more flexible you are with your arrival/departure times, luggage, and hotel booking, the less stressful your journey will be.
This way you won’t feel pressured to make a drastic change in your schedule if something goes wrong. And most importantly, especially nowadays and in general, travel safely!