Holiday and Travel Safety Tips

Traveling for the holidays is fun, but can be worrisome. Getting the whole family together, packing bags, driving or getting through the airport and on the plane can be an arduous process. The logistics of family holiday travel are bad enough. Couple that with staying safe and you have a real job on your hands. To make your time off as relaxing and stress free as possible, follow these travel safety tips.

  • Arrange to have your mail kept at the post office – A large pile of unopened mail on the porch can be an indicator to a burglar that your home is unoccupied, making it a more vulnerable target.
  • Get a flu vaccine – Airplanes can be breeding grounds for sickness. A flu shot will help you and your children avoid getting the flu during your vacation, and giving it to relatives. Make sure to do so a few days before travel so that side effects aren't lingering during travel.
  • Take your car to a mechanic – Before you head over the river and through the woods, have your car inspected by a professional mechanic. They can check for any potential problems your car could have during a long trip and top off fluids to make sure your car is ready for the road. Make sure your first aid kit is fully stocked. If it is cold, pack a couple extra blankets.
  • Do not forget ID – Be certain that each person in your traveling party has proper identification including birth certificates, driver's licenses, passports or medical insurance cards. This can ease situations like getting through the security checkpoint at the airport or winding up at a doctor's office or hospital. It can also help if a child becomes lost.
  • Have a neighbor keep an eye on your house – Ask a neighbor to check up on your home while you are away. If you have a neighborhood watch program, alert them that you will be gone so they will know to pay a little extra attention to your home.
  • Install a home security system – A security professional from Protect Your Home will help you find a system that fits both your lifestyle and your budget. A home security system sign in front of your home serves as a warning for potential intruders to stay away. If an intrusion happens in spite of the warning, the police will be notified. Sometimes simply knowing that your home is secured with a professional system can help you relax more while you are away from home.

Spend the holidays building traditions and enjoying time with family instead of worrying over what can go wrong. When it comes to home and travel safety, a little preparation can go a long way.

Contact Protect Your Home for more helpful travel safety tips and information on how we can help you keep your home protected.

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