By Doc Rogers
Today’s bodyguards travel on assignments much heavier with mounds of equipment and outrageous amounts of baggage. We need to shift our approach and travel on assignments in an austere manner, because more is not better. Where will the weight savings come from in an effort to fly lighter? Get rid of unnecessary items.
We need to bring things with us on assignment with a focused avoidance of luxury and overload. This is not to say we must lead a harsh, spartan lifestyle, after all you’ll be probably be staying at a five-star hotel with you client. However, when packing for assignments make it simple and stripped-down. Traveling light does not mean poorly equipped.
Prior to your assignment look at your client’s itinerary (number of days and cities to visit) and start your planning from there. Check the weather report in your area of operation (hot, cold, rainy, etc.). Don’t pack a military cargo style suitcase; instead use a smaller, more compact one. Remember, on bodyguard assignments excess stuff is a burden, less is more.
We must only take one basic working wardrobe on the road, along with some workout clothing. Regard your suitcase as a reflection of your mind; clear, precise, light, agile and easily deployable. You will be living out of a suitcase, so packing the right tools will make you a more proficient bodyguard and traveler. Make a packing list for your upcoming assignment so you can get your things organized and pack only essential items.
1. Formal business wear
2. Dress shirts and conservative ties
3. One pair of shoes
4. EP work orders, client itinerary and computer in your carry-on
5. One small compact firearm in a locked case within your checked baggage
6. Two magazines and one holster
7. Small high-powered flashlight, tactical knife (optional)
8. One small go-bag
9. Medical kit
10. One small compact radio and earpiece per agent
Don’t take things with you that do not correspond to the reality of the bodyguard assignment you are going on. Traveling lighter will make you more mobile, agile and adaptable. I wish you every success on your travels and bodyguard assignments. Keep safe and God speed.
Doc Rogers is the author of Corporate Executive Protection – A Manual for Inspiring Corporate Bodyguards and president and CEO of International Corporate Executive Protection Ltd. Doc has earned a Ph.D. in Security Administration from Southwest University and he is SE Asia’s leading expert on executive protection and corporate security. To learn how to make a full time living as a corporate bodyguard visit the websites below for more information.