Summer is finally here, and I couldn’t be happier! I love sunshine, warm breezes, and the smell of the ocean. But before we head to our favorite place, I want to share some of our easy Summer travel safety tips.
If you are driving, these are some great tips to make your car road-trip ready. As for airplane travel, I will share those tips in another post. For now, we will stick to some easy and simple Summer travel safety tips.
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Super Easy Summer Travel Safety Tips
Take A First Aid Kit
Whether you are traveling by airplane, train, or your own vehicle, be sure to pack a first aid kit to take along. The contents of your first aid kit will depend on how you are traveling from one place to another.
Pack essentials such as bandages, tensor bandages, gauze, thermometer, tweezers, antiseptic wound cleanser, and hand sanitizer. I also include things like gas relief, diarrhea relief, allergy eye drops, sunburn spray, along with other basic pharmacy items. These medications tend to be more expensive at your destination, and you won’t regret not packing them if you need something at 3am.
You will never go wrong being over-prepared in this area. Also keep copies of your prescription medications in case you would need an emergency medication dispense. Along the same lines, make sure you have copies of your insurance cards in an envelope.
Scan Your Documents
Unfortunate incidents can happen when on vacation. It is no fun to be far away from home and have your wallet stolen. Before you leave, scan all your documents, both major and minor. This will enable you to figure out quickly what is missing should yours be misplaced or fall into the wrong hands.
It is also important to keep a copy of your passports, driver’s license, and health insurance information in a secure location in your travel gear. Another option is to take photos of these documents and place them in a password secure folder on your phone.
Make sure that you swap information with your traveling partner as well, in case your carry-on, purse, or checked luggage is stolen, missing, or delayed.
Find Local Hospital Information Before You Travel
Do a little research on your vacation destination before you leave. A quick internet search can give you a map of where the closest hospital and emergency rooms would be in case of an emergency. When you arrive, ask locals to confirm your findings. Many a traveler has had a health crisis in the middle of the night, and has been forced to drive around looking for care that is difficult to find.
I also keep this information in a note on my Smartphone for easy reference in the case you are away from a place where you can look it up.
Get Hotel And Restaurant Recommendations
Check with your friends where they have stayed and eaten when they traveled to or visited the destination you are headed for. Word of mouth is the best way to find out if hotels and eating establishments are clean and feel safe. If necessary, consult online travel sites for opinions.
If you don’t have family or friends that have been to the destination you are traveling, consider picking up a restaurant guide or city guidebook for an easy reference that you can have with you at all times.
Eat Well And Stay Hydrated
When you are traveling, you will come across many germs, viruses, and other unsavory things. You may be putting your body to the test through new physical activities, or being outdoors in the sun all day long. Eat well to nourish your body, and be absolutely sure to drink plenty of clean water to keep you hydrated. You don’t want to end up hospitalized for heat stroke or dehydration when you could have avoided it.
Keep Money In More Than One Place
To keep your finances safe, split up your money among several spots. Perhaps you will want to take a little cash along on daily trips, and leave some in the safe at the hotel.
Always keep your money and other valuables in more than one place so that if some is stolen or lost, you have something to fall back on while you make calls and arrange for replacement of the rest.
Another good thing to have is a hidden travel safe. While it is not a foolproof way to keep things from being stolen, it can help. Always remember to be smart and safe. When in doubt, leave something that you consider valuable back home.
Summer travel can create some of the best memories of your year. With a little foresight, you will be able to stay safe, and create wonderful moments that will last you a lifetime.
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