Traveling on spring break is a time of adventure and excitement for everyone involved. If you plan on taking the trip of a lifetime during spring break, don’t let your trip be ruined by poor planning. To have the most fun possible, you need to plan properly. That includes making sure your home is secure before you leave and taking necessary safety precautions to protect your family.
Prepping Your Home for Your Absence
Before you leave your home, it’s important to take certain steps to make sure it’s fully protected. In addition to using timers for your lights, you can also do the following:
- Stop mail and newspaper delivery
- Have a neighbor watch your home and check on it occasionally
- Double check to make sure all windows/doors are closed and locked
Simple steps taken before you leave can prevent the unthinkable while you’re gone.
Safety Precautions for the Family
No matter where you go, it’s important to have several things with you. While snacks, a flashlight, and a first aid kit are essentials, you should also consider bringing photo identification cards for each member of the family. Passports work well for this, but you can also obtain a photo ID card at your local driver’s license branch or Secretary of State/Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Make sure to remember to bring along any medications that will be needed during the trip, as well as a list of where the hospitals or medical centers are located nearest to your destination.
Know You’re Covered
Before leaving on your trip, schedule an appointment with your insurance agent to make sure that your home and auto insurance coverage is up to date. Let them know where you will be going and find out if the vehicle coverage you have is sufficient for your destination. It’s also a good idea to update your health insurance information. This ensures you have the coverage you need if an unexpected emergency occurs.
When you head out on your spring break adventure, make sure you are fully prepared and have everything you need for a safe and enjoyable trip. A few extra minutes to prepare offers you the peace of mind you need to be able to relax and enjoy this experience!
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