Vacation Safety Tips

Your Home

Be sure to give your home the appearance of being occupied while you're away by:

  • Arranging for your lawn to be cared for
  • Have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers, or have delivery suspended for the duration of your time away
  • If you choose to have a neighbor care for your home while you're away, make sure they know how to contact you in case of an emergency
  • Leave a key with a trusted neighbor, friend or relative
  • Make sure that your doors are locked
  • Never hide a key on your property; criminals are good at guessing hiding spots
  • Putting lights, a radio and even the TV on timers

Driving to Your Destination

If you are driving to your vacation destination, before you leave:

  • Carry a cell phone in case of emergency
  • Have road flares, jumper cables and a flashlight with fresh batteries handy
  • Have your vehicle serviced by a qualified mechanic
  • If you miss your exit, don't panic; Sudden stops, swerving and aggressive maneuvers may place you, your family and others in danger particularly on interstate roads
  • If your travel brings you to the mountains, be sure to bring chains during the winter months
  • Make certain your insurance and vehicle registration is current
  • Make sure a friend or family member has your itinerary
  • Plan your route and be prepared for road and weather conditions to change
  • Take frequent breaks to help you remain alert and avoid "highway hypnosis"

Flying to Your Destination

If you're flying to your destination:

  • Arrive at the airport early to get through all the security checks and not have to rush or miss your flight
  • Make sure a friend or family member has your itinerary
  • Put your work address on your luggage tags

Arriving at Your Destination

When you arrive at your destination:

  • Don't carry large sums of cash or wear expensive jewelry
  • Know how to contact the local police, fire and rescue services
  • Know the rules; Laws and ordinances change from town to town and state to state; This is especially important if you're traveling abroad; A hotel concierge is an excellent source for assistance and information
  • Learn the phone number and address of the place you're staying
  • Never leave your valuables unattended
  • Watch out for frauds and cons; They frequent vacation spots