Travel & Safety Tips During Vacation Time
Summertime is here! The kids will be out of school and your vacation to that beach destination will be here before you know it. Vacations are a time to get away from the stresses of everyday life. While you are packing the suitcases, getting the bathing suits ready, and securing time off from work, don’t forget about the most important part; keeping your home and yourself safe while on vacation.
Before You Leave
Travel safety begins before you even leave the house. You want to make sure your home looks lived in, even while you are away, to deter potential burglars. Did you know that crime rates rise by about 10 percent in June, July, and August? These months also happen to be the peak summer vacation months and thieves know this. It’s vital you take steps to help protect your home while you are away.
Before you leave on vacation:
- Tell a neighbor your travel plans and ask them to help keep an eye on your property and alert the police of any suspicious activity.
- Lock all your windows and doors. Don’t forget about doors leading to the garage or second-story windows.
- Stop your mail and newspaper delivery. A sign that nobody is home is a stack of mail and newspapers, as well as garbage cans left at the curb. You can temporarily stop delivery by contacting your newspaper carrier along with the United States Post Office and have a neighbor bring in the garbage bins.
- Make sure any yard tools are put away. A ladder, rakes, and even patio furniture, can all be used as tools to gain entry to your home.
- For added protection, think about installing security monitoring, home automation, fire protection or video surveillance. With today’s technology, your home security and video surveillance system can even be monitored and controlled from your smartphone.
At the Airport
Once you arrive at the airport, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind. Airports are full of people; all rushing to catch a plane or make a connection. It’s important to keep a close eye on your luggage at all times, even once you board the plane.
- If you’re traveling alone, try to find someone in line to befriend. This is someone who could watch your luggage while at the counter or going through security.
- When going through security, put your laptop on the x-ray belt last. This way, your laptop will come out after your carryon luggage and hopefully about the time you are cleared. You don’t want your laptop to be out in the open for too long.
- On the airplane, if you don’t put your luggage under the seat in front of you, put it in the overhead bin across the aisle from you. You’ll be able to keep an eye on your bag during the flight to ensure nobody is opening your luggage.
While on Vacation
You’ve successfully navigated the airport and now you’ve landed safely at your destination. Don’t relax on safety just yet. Whether at a theme park or at a fancy resort, there are a few safety precautions you can take to make sure you are as safe as possible.
- Stay off social media. Don’t tip criminals off by sharing too much information on your social networks. Refrain from posting photos, status updates, or “checking in” while on vacation. Even if you have the highest security settings on Facebook and Twitter, your personal information could still be seen by unwanted eyes.
- Share your itinerary with friends and family at home. It’s a good idea to let family and friends know your plans. Always let someone know when you’re expected to be back and what route you’re planning to take. Most airline companies allow you to share your flight plan with others and you can quickly send your hotel or resort information via email.
- Keep cash and credit cards separate places. Never carry your credit cards, cash, and passport at the same time. You’ll want to keep some cash in your wallet, and then keep the rest in a pocket or money pouch. If you have a safe in your hotel room, leave the majority of your cash there and only bring what you’ll need for the day.
- Make a copy of your passport. You’ll want to make two copies of your passport. Leave one copy at home with a trusted friend or family member and take another copy with you. When you go out sightseeing, take the copy with you and leave the original in a hotel safe until you are ready to travel again. Even think about uploading your scanned copy to a cloud service like Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive so if you do lose the paper copy, you are able to access the online copy.
You can never be too careful, especially when it comes to traveling. Make sure things are safe at home and while you are traveling by taking the necessary precautions.
We hope you enjoy your summer, whether you are traveling or staying home, being aware of your surrounding is always important.