Last week we shared 10 Tips for securing your home, whilst on vacation. This week, we will focus on how to prepare for safe travels before you leave home.
1. Research Your Destination Locale for Threats:
I remember, nearly a decade ago, I was trying to determine where to have our destination wedding. My husband asked me to marry him on a beach on Coronado Island at sunset. So, we decided that we wanted to continue with that theme and aimed to select a locale that would offer the same type of setting. After much discussion and research we selected Costa Rica's Pacific Coast during the month of May. Where the tourist season is mostly over and the costs decline somewhat. Additionally, it was not a high risk for hurricanes or tsunamis. Of course not all risks were eliminated as there was still volcanic and earthquake risk, as with most countries along the "Ring of Fire".
Most recently, a girlfriend who is pregnant shared that they had planned a trip to Mexico over the summer months, however they chose to alter those plans due to the risk of exposure to the Zika Virus. In fact, she shared that her physician said that the Pacific Northwest was the safest place for her to vacation.
Please research your planned destination before you travel, so that you know the risks and can make appropriate plans, if necessary beforehand.
2. Research Your Need for Insurance:
Contact your insurance agent and discuss any needs for additional medical, travel or other types of insurance for your trip.
3. Know Your Evacuation Routes:
As we have discussed before, if you plan to vacation on the coast of Washington, as an example, you should become familiar with your evacuation routes beforehand and choose your destination in part to evacuate quickly and safely, should you need to respond.
4. Sign up for Local Alerts:
Know how the local authorities will alert the community and sign up for the alerts on your mobile device. It is additionally recommended that you familiarize yourself with the local name of surrounding counties and carry a NOAA weather alert radio with you too.
5. Register with Smart Traveler:
If you are traveling abroad, register here to enroll your itinerary with the nearest U.S. consulate and embassies for your travels.
6. Build a Small Kit:
Make sure to carry cash, snacks, a flashlight, spare set of clothes, extra medications, wet wipes, travel itinerary and copies of important documents, at a minimum.
7. Share Your Itinerary:
Make sure to share your itinerary and any updates as needed with loved ones prior to and during your travels.
8. Develop a Communications Plans:
Make sure to have the cell phone numbers of every member of your travel group and identify an "our of area" contact, in the even you are separated by an event.
9. Follow U.S. Travel Alerts:
Visit the U.S. Alerts and Warnings site here to learn about current recommendations on travel to foreign destinations.
10. Make Your House Looked Occupied:
Follow last week's tips to make your home look lived in, whilst you and your family are away.
Enjoy your travels!