Nothing defines the summer season better than the ultimate vacation. In 2009, U.S. residents logged 1.5 billion trips for leisure and most often traveled to visit relatives, friends, beaches, shops or to sightsee. Preparing for a vacation requires planning. In the midst of making those preparations, remember to plan for your safety as well.
To help make your next vacation worry-free, follow these simple travel tips that spell “TRAVEL”:
• Tell a trusted friend. Make sure someone knows where you’re going, the route you’ll take and when you plan to arrive and return. Give them the phone number of the place where you’re staying and your cell phone number so they can contact you in case of an emergency.
• Route it out. Know the route you’ll take before you leave. Make an itinerary and include contact information for the airline and rental car company. If you’re driving, identify safe places to stop for a meal or stretch your legs .
• Action plan for emergencies. Pack a basic first aid kit and copies of important paperwork, especially for international travel. If you’re traveling with children, make sure they know what to do if they become lost or separated from you.
• Vigilance is key. Educate yourself on the area before you explore. Always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
• Exercise caution when discussing your vacation plans. You may be making polite conversation when you talk to neighbors or co-workers or post on social networking sites about your vacation plans, but remember that you are also advertising that you won’t be home for a specific time.
• Lock it up. Keep your valuables safe by locking up your house and leaving a key with a friend, not under a doormat. When you arrive at your hotel, ensure that the door to your room can be adequately secured. Do not leave valuables in plain sight in a rental car.
Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe this summer and create positive memories of your vacation.