Doing Business Overseas Part 2

Follow these tips to tackle your next overseas trip.

6. Hedge your bets. Offset the risks of travel withadequate insurance. Traveling may be expensive, but insurance toprotect you and your business in case you get sick on the roadgenerally isn't. Figure on spending about $100 per year for themost comprehensive coverage.
Insider tip: Insuring your entire company or family is oftencheaper than buying coverage for an individual.

7. Get your shots. This will keep you from getting sickon the road and having to use that travelers' insurance.Researching a country's endemic diseases is extremely importantbecause certain immunizations require more than one dose to ensureeffectiveness. Travelers should allow at least 30 days before theirtrip to secure all necessary shots or medications.
Insider tip: If you've never been a frequent flier, it's agood idea to see your doctor for a checkup, even if you'retraveling to a well-developed country.

8. Pack like a pro. If you're going to live out ofyour suitcase, at least make it livable. Buy a durable carry-onbag, and invest in industrial-strength luggage. Never put all yourimportant travel documents in a single bag; spread the risk amongyour entire luggage.
Insider tip: Stuff your socks in your shoes. It conservesspace.

9. Stay sane on the plane. Don't board a flightwithout the following items: a carry-on bag packed with a sleepingmask, earplugs, saline solution (if you wear contact lenses),moisturizer, lip balm, pain reliever, bottled water, a snack and,of course, something to keep you busy (a book or paperwork). Drinklots of fluids, and stay away from caffeine and alcohol. They bothdehydrate you.
Insider tip: Try noise-canceling headphones. They reallywork.

10. Behave. International airlines are cracking down onpassengers who misbehave. And there are discussions of limiting thenumber of alcoholic drinks served to passengers.
Insider tip: Book a seat next to the bulkhead, where there'sless chance of an in-flight incident.

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