Every year millions of Americans bravely travel for the holidays. Whether you’re on the road or in the air, there are some precautions you want to take to ensure a safe arrival to your destination. With that being said, I am sharing 5 Holiday Travel Safety Tips Everyone Should Know.
Holiday travel is already a stressful time.
You have to remember to pack everything you need for you and your family. Not to mention, you probably have to remember to pack the presents too!
It can be quite overwhelming especially if you have kids.
So, the last thing you want to have is for something to go very wrong during your holiday travel. Let’s try to eliminate those troubles with some of these safety tips.
5 Holiday Travel Safety Tips Everyone Should Know
Plan your route ahead of time.
We all know sometimes things don’t go as planned but if you are planning to travel for the holidays, you have to have a PLAN.
If you are traveling by road, you need to schedule when you plan to leave and when you plan to arrive for your destination. Schedule in stops and even allow extra time for unforseen traffic.
If you are flying, ensure you have your itinerary and arrive early to check-in your bags and plan for unexpected inspections.
Let others know when and where you’ll be.
You never want to be in an emergency situation and have nobody know your whereabouts. Once you have your plan nailed down (see tip #1 above) make sure you share it with someone you know and trust. That way, if you ever go missing or are unable to reach out for help in an emergency, someone will know what to do.
Know your surroundings at all times.
It’s also easy to get into a fender bender or back into a parked car when you are flustered from being lost or rushing in a hurry during holiday travel.
Trust me, I’ve been there, done that.
The best thing you can do is familiarize yourself with your surroundings, proceed slowly, and for situations where you’ll be reversing, try a backup camera.
I cannot tell you how many times my backup camera has saved my life – well, at least saved me from getting into an accident. It allows me to see my surroundings even beyond my view from my rear windows. In an SUV, I feel like this is a must-have!
Have emergency kits in place.
This is more for traveling by car than air but when traveling, make sure you are well equipped with emergency equipment. For example, an emergency kit filled with flares, road hazards, space blankets, flashlights, etc. is a must-have in every car.
If traveling by plane, make sure you have access to medication you may need quickly such as an epipen.
Alert your financial institutions of your traveling.
You may not think of it but you have to inform your banks and credit card companies you are traveling.
It could protect you from unauthorized use of your cards in case they are lost or stolen during travel. Protect yourself and your funds but alerting them ahead of time. It will also ensure your cards aren’t locked for all those purchases you plan to make during travel.
What’s your best tip for traveling safely during the holidays?