Safety First

General Safety tips

  • For flights, dress in tightly knit natural fibers such as cotton, denim, leather or wool.
  • Avoid restrictive clothing and synthetic fibers. Cover as much of your body as possible.
  • When in doubt, pack black. It’s easy to match and hides dirt.
  • Reduce to a bare minimum the amount of metal that you are wearing so you aren’t held up at the metal detector. Metal objects to consider include belts, key chains, etc.
  • Shoes should be low-heeled, laced, leather or canvas. No nylons, high heels or slip-ons.
  • Wear a safety strap for glasses and always have a back-up pair of glasses or contact lenses as well as medication in your carry-on luggage.
  • Carry a small flashlight with you.
  • Bring an essentials kit, moist towelettes, reading material, snacks and your flight schedule.
  • Take a copy of prescriptions should you need to have glasses or medication replaced.
  • Carry with you a list with your blood type, allergies, medical conditions and special needs.
  • Do not pack sensitive or proprietary information in your checked luggage. Double envelope the material and hand carry it.
  • Tag your bags, inside and out, with your business address and telephone number.
  • Consider shipping heavy items to your destination.
  • Seek out a pre-departure briefing and determine what special security precautions should be taken during your trip.
  • Do research on the country you will be visiting. Check with the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs and U.S. Customs regarding any special requirements.
  • Request a list describing customs restrictions or banned materials from the embassy of the country you will visit.
  • Learn the basics about the destination country’s history, culture, laws, norms, and language. For example, the OK sign which is done making a circle with the thumb and forefinger is considered terribly obscene in Spain and Brazil. In Japan, the hand movement tells the cashier you want your change in coins. Get educated.
  • Carry your international shot record, just in case
  • Do not publicize your travel plans. Leave an itinerary at the office and with a family member or friend.
  • Advise all parties of changes to your travel plans when they occur.
  • Make photocopies of your passport, visa and other important documents. Put copies in your carry-on and checked luggage and leave one at home and at the office.
  • When traveling with someone always use the buddy system from the start of your trip to the end.

Helicopter ground rules

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