Summer Vacation Safety Tips
Summer is quickly approaching – this means that vacation season is well under way. Before you embark on your much-awaited family vacation this summer, safety should be your top priority to ensure everything flows smoothly. Here are some summer vacation safety tips that will help you and your family enjoy a care-free (and much-deserved) vacay:
Before You Leave
- Contact your local USPS office to hold your mail for the days you will be away. That way, you won’t have to worry about anybody taking your important mail items or newspaper on your vacation. When you return, don’t forget to pick up your mail at the post office and continue your mail delivery services. You could also ask a trusted neighbor to collect your mail and hold onto it for you.
- If you will be traveling outside the U.S. and don’t already have a passport, be sure to apply for one at least a month before your trip so there is extra time in case there are any issues.
- Make copies of your credit cards, passport, insurance cards, driver’s license, etc. to bring with you on your vacation in case you misplace one, but keep these in a safe place.
- Purchase luggage tags to attach to all pieces of luggage in case they go missing. Tip: only put your name and phone number on your luggage tags – never put your home address.
- If you have automatic timers for the lights inside and outside your home, set those to go on periodically throughout the day to make it appear as if you are home and scare potential intruders away.
- Don’t bring a lot of cash with you on your vacation – you can use credit cards and traveler’s checks instead.
- Do some research on the weather conditions in your vacation destination to be sure you are prepared for anything unexpected.
- If you are taking any medications, make sure to let your doctor know how long you will be away so he or she can give you enough medication for your trip.
- Make sure all of your doors, windows and garage are securely locked. Also, be sure to arm your home security system before you leave. To provide extra protection, you can use eSigns.com discount codes to get signs made for your yard that show you have a home security system.
- If you rent a car and are out of the country, be sure to bring a comprehensive map with you in case you get lost. If you need to pull over, always pull over at a brightly lit, safe area.
- To avoid being a target for pickpocketers, leave all expensive valuables in a secure place or don’t bring them on vacation at all. You can also purchase travel purses, money belts, or even special pants that offer secure zippers or locks so thieves won’t be able to steal your valuables.
- If you are traveling with children, bring a recent photo of each child with you in the event that you become separated from them. Before you leave, talk to your children about who to call in case of an emergency.
- If you are going to spend most of your time at a beach, make sure there will be a lifeguard supervising at all times, especially if you are traveling with children. Also, check out some water safety tips ahead of time.
- If you are traveling out of the country, be sure you know where the closest US Embassy is. You may want to keep the phone number handy as well.
- Have a foreign language dictionary on hand at all times if you are out of the U.S. in case you run into any language barriers.
- To provide extra sun protection, bring UV sunscreen (with an SPF of 15 or higher), hats and other items with you whenever you are outside for long periods of time. Remember to reapply sunscreen often.
While safety should be your number one priority on your summer vacation, don’t forget to have fun! This is a time for you and your family to relax and unwind, so if you properly prepare for your trip beforehand, you’ll be sure to have a great time.