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NEW YORK AIRPORT TIPS: STAYING SAFE

DO YOU HAVE A SAFETY ROUTINE?

For those of us who travel for business on a regular basis, we understand the various snares and dangers that exist for us on the road. From theft and assault to getting lost in foreign environments, business travel poses several risks and being prepared for those is risks is an important way to get through each trip unscathed.

If you travel for business on a regular basis, you’ve more than likely found yourself passing through one of New York’s various airports once or twice. While New York is among the most important business destinations in the world, it’s also one of the most crowded, which inevitably leads to thefts and other issues when it comes to the safety of travelers. Preparing for your next business trip to New York should include some safety measures. Whether you’re flying into JFK, LaGuardia or another nearby airport, the safety tips we’ve listed below apply.

PACK YOUR VALUABLES WISELY

When you pack for your business trip, it’s wise to place your most valuable items in luggage that’s easy to keep near you. For example, if you have a carry-on and a separate satchel, packing your tablet, phone and computer together in the satchel and carrying that bag on your shoulder is more effective than packing them in your carry-on and rolling them behind you through the airport.

ALWAYS HAVE YOUR ESSENTIALS ON YOUR PERSON

Never leave your identification, credit cards, or important prescription medications in a separate bag. As much as possible, keep these essential items on your person, in a pocket or in a small purse, to ensure that you still have what you need to make the appropriate arrangements should you suffer an airport theft. If you’re without currency or identification or you don’t have access to the medications you need to stay healthy, your trip will suffer far more of a setback than if you lost your clothing, toiletries or a computer. Neither situation is de, but it’s much more difficult to cancel and replace a stolen credit card than it is to buy a couple of replacements outfits for the duration of your trip.

PROCURE RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION

Many a desperate business traveler has arranged for a questionable car service to pick them up from the airport, only to experience bad customer service, inflated rates and hidden fees, or untrustworthy drivers. Booking car service with a company you can trust is a huge part of getting through your New York airport experience safely and easily. Discuss pricing beforehand and make certain that the company you book with has high standards for chauffeur performance, customer service, and punctuality. Your safety and peace of mind will thank you.

BE PREPARED FOR AIRPORT SLEEP

In the unfortunate event that your flight is canceled or delayed, you might find yourself needing to catch some Z’s at the airport. Packing headphones, earplugs and other sound-blocking devices are good for catching some much-needed airport sleep without constant disturbance. A compact neck pillow is another great item to help make airport sleeping much easier. Make sure you keep the luggage with your valuables inside closest to your person, and always remember to set an alarm before you drift off.

Business travel keeps many of us on the road, in and out of airports and constantly moving from place to place. With the right advice on hand, you can make it through each airport safely and easily, with effective car service to pick you up and the proper tools to get good sleep, no matter the time of day.

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