One of the most exciting aspects of being a Project Leader is traveling to new places! Engaging with new people, sight-seeing on those rare off days, and learning about different communities.
Whether you’re out and about exploring your new home for the moment or headed to meet a client, it’s important to always keep your safety in mind.
Always let someone know where you are going. Although you’re no longer living at home and don’t have to check in with Mom and Dad, it’s still good to let someone know where you are. For client trips and ground recruitment, keep a general itinerary of your daily schedule to share with your superior and peers. For personal outings, let a friend or family member know where you’re headed and for how long.
Take precautions. Keep water and a light snack like a granola bar in your car. Always park in a well lit area and lock your car. Be aware of your surroundings – stop staring down at your phone! You may also consider carrying a “mugger’s wallet” – a decoy wallet with fake cards to hand over incase someone approaches you.
Buddy up! Whether you’re walking to your car from a long shift or going to check out a nearby park, invite someone to tag along with you. This also a good opportunity to network and build relationships with your colleagues.
Be mindful if you have a drink. Never accept a drink from a stranger, even if they may be attractive! You never know what could have been added to it. It is also important to not have too many causing yourself to be in a dangerous situation in an unfamiliar place. Even if it’s your day off, you never know if you may need to cover a Scribe shift or other urgent matters that may come up.
Give out information selectively. In conversing with someone, sometimes it’s easy to overshare. “I am staying at Hotel X! It’s got a great pool!” You wouldn’t share your home address would you? Even while on the phone to a friend, “My roommate has an overnight shift at Hospital A. I’ll be watching Netflix solo tonight!” Be aware of who may hear your conversations.
Traveling can be nerve-racking but it can also be a rewarding experience. Enjoy yourself and be smart about your choices.
Have you had uncomfortable encounter on the road? What precautions do you take to be safe?