St Paul, MN (PRWEB) May 09, 2014
With summer vacation quickly approaching, families everywhere will be planning their trips across the world. Though they’ll be eager to have some fun in the sun, it’s important to keep safety as their top priority. To help prevent anything bad from happening on your next trip, Lancette Agency, partnering with Integrity Mutual, recommends everyone follow these safe travel tips.
Have Someone Watch Your House While Away
Though you probably don’t need someone at your house 24/7 while you’re gone, having a friend or the police keep tabs while you’re away can help ward off intruders. The more activity burglars see at your home, the less likely they are to break in. If your friends aren’t available, tell your local police station that you’ll be gone, and they’ll usually have no problem sending an officer to drive past and check things out during their daily routine.
Use Light Timers
Though having someone watch your house is a good start, as mentioned above, there won’t be someone there 24/7. To help keep burglars away at night, use outlet light timers in frequently used rooms of your house. Set the timers to turn on and off at different intervals, and it will seem as if people are actually home.
Make Copies of Your Important Documents
One of the scariest things that can happen to someone while traveling is losing their wallet, passport, credit cards, etc. To avoid getting stuck up a creek without a paddle, make photocopies of your passport, credit cards, driver’s license, insurance cards, etc., and bring them with you in your carry-on luggage. Once at the hotel, keep them safe in your room (preferably in the safe or lockbox) in case something would happen to the originals.
Inform Others of Your Plans
If you have an itinerary planned, make sure you inform friends and family of your plans, as well as your hotel concierge (or even a park ranger if camping). When telling them your plans, always include where you’re going, when you expect to be back, and who to notify in an emergency. That way, if something were to happen, you can increase your chances of being helped.
Before going to a new country, check the Center for Disease Control’s travel website for important vaccine recommendations and requirements for every country. If a specific vaccine is required for your vacation, make sure you visit your doctor 4-6 weeks before departing on your trip. If you take a prescription medication, always make sure you bring back-ups. In addition, make sure you’re aware of other potential threats to your health (i.e. learning about poisonous snakes/spiders in the region).
Summer vacation is all about having fun while staying safe. By following these tips, not only will you help protect your family and belongings, you’ll also create a more memorable experience.