Planning a trip:
- Check any visa requirements, medical precautions and prohibited items.
- Ensure that an office colleague has a copy of your itinerary and contact details, and keep the office informed of any changes.
- Ensure that the itinerary is treated in confidence, inside and outside the office.
- Take photocopies of passports, visas and tickets, and keep them separate from a wallet or purse.
- A trusted messenger should pick up travel documents collected abroad from the travel agent.
Travelling on business:
- Use inconspicuous luggage labels with a name but not an address; place a contact address inside the luggage.
- If carrying a laptop computer to use on a journey, use something other than a conventional carrying case. If it is not needed during the flight, pack the computer away in the hold luggage.
- Avoid reading business papers whilst travelling, particularly those which are in any way sensitive or which reveal future movements.
- If possible, always be met at the destination by someone familiar.
Travelling by air:
- Check the security and maintenance record of the air carriers.
- Confirm that the flight is by the nominated airline and not a partner.
- Wherever possible use a direct flight.
- Whenever possible, dress casually to look like a tourist rather than a business executive.
- Arrange to be met at your destination and agree a discreet way of identification to avoid the use of signs displaying your or your company’s name.
- Take a small amount of local currency to avoid the need for changing money on arrival at the airport.