Many people travel during the holiday season and that means more opportunity for something to happen to you or your things while traveling. No matter if you are traveling by car, plane or train there are many things you can do to keep yourself and your stuff safe ensuring you have a wonderful holiday season. Here are our tips for safe holiday travel.
Prepare Your Home
No matter how you are traveling or where you are going, you will be leaving your home. Make sure nothing happens to it while you are away. You can also use our travel planner to help you not forget any of these important steps.
- Leave lights on or set up a timer so lights come on at night.
- Stop your mail and your newspapers or have a trusted neighbor collect them for you.
- Tell a trusted neighbor when you are leaving and returning so they can keep an eye out.
- Give the neighbor your destination and contact information.
- Check that all windows and doors are locked before you go.
- If you have an extra car, park it visibly so that people will think you are home.
Prepare Your Car
If you are traveling by car, you should make sure all it is in working order before embarking on your journey.
- Check your oil. Will you need an oil change based on mileage or dates during your trip? Get it changed before you go.
- Air up your tires.
- Clean it out since it will probably get dirty on a road trip.
- It is also a good time to check car seats at this time of year, if applicable.
- Fill up on gas the night before you leave so you don’t stress on the morning of the trip.
- Check your windshield wipers.
- If you will be traveling where the weather is bad, make sure you have snow gear and emergency equipment and supplies.
- Tell someone when you expect to arrive in case something happens.
Protect Yourself While Traveling
Things happen to people while traveling and some of it can be prevented.
- Keep your valuables on your person or store it in the room safe.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do research on the area you will be visiting and staying.
- Put out the Do Not Disturb sign on your hotel room door. This makes people think you are there and are less likely to break into an occupied room.
- Bolt the hotel room door when inside.
- Wash your hands. Traveling means you are touching surfaces much more and you need to be extra diligent in order to not get sick. No one wants to be sick while traveling.
Protect Your Things on the Airplane
There has been a recent rise in theft on airplanes. We travel with more and more gadgets and airlines charging baggage fees we take a risk by having this on the plane. We often sleep or walk away from our things in the assumption that it will be there when we return. Here are some tips for keeping your things safe on a plane.
- Lock your bags.
- Turn your suitcase upside down when putting it in the overhead compartment. This way the pockets are not easily accessible.
- Put valuables under the seat in front of you.
- Don’t carry lots of cash.
- Don’t show your valuables.
- Put your bag in the overhead compartment across the aisle from you so you can see it from your seat.
We hope you have safe travels over the holiday season!