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Plan Ahead for Safer Vacations

It is that time of year again.

The time when we pack up for a well-deserved vacation, whether for a few days, weeks or a weekend. For a carefree start of your trip to coming home, what you do BEFORE you leave home can be as important as what you do when you are away.

A little forethought and contingency planning for safe traveling can guide travelers and their families with preventative and PRO-ACTIVE insights they might not be ALERT and AWARE of to AVOID being a victim. 

Change your life and the life of others by planning safety!
Traveling Safety Checklist
BEFORE Traveling
  1. Take photographs. Use cell phone or digital camera for passport, labels on all prescription bottles and anything else you may need in lieu of carrying or losing paperwork.
  2. Photocopy passport. Besides photos, it’s worth it to have a paper copy with you as well.
  3. Put the phone number of your airline and hotel in your cell phone speed dial.
  4. Advise credit card company you will use card away from home, so they won’t assume the card was stolen and refuse the charge. Set daily charge limits to AVOID possible unauthorized high charges.
  5. Hold all your mail and newspapers. Requestvacation holds.”
  6. Remove from your wallet anything you won’t want or need when traveling.
  7. If you left your car in an airport parking lot, write down location for easier find.   
  8. Alarm systems. Be ALERT smoke and burglary alarms are functioning correctly.
  9. Create a “lived-in look” home. Don’t let burglars know you are not home.
  10. Utilize timers. Lights and/or TV, radio.

Airport, Hotel, Rental Car Security
Make your "trip" through the airport and security screening as hassle-free as possible. Consider body belts/wallets which you do not need to remove. Portable luggage scales help AVOID overweight fees. RFID wallets/passport cases shield your personal information. Be observant and AWARE where the nearest exits are. Stay ALERT to personal belongings, luggage when standing in lines, checking out or in.

On-Board Flights
Most people think their valuables are safe when using a carry-on bag or if our items are near us, however, theft can still occur and people who steal on-board an aircraft have been both airline employees and fellow travelers. Protect yourself and carry-on luggage.
  1. Before hanging your jacket, take all your valuables and wallet out of the pockets.
  2. Differentiate your bag to AVOID a mix-up of anyone grabbing your bag and for easy ID.
  3. Place valuable items in hard to reach places or zipper compartments, then lock, secure and stow bag upside down in overhead bin to AVOID anyone attempting to open.
  4. Try placing your bag on the other side of the aisle to allow clear sight of bag.
  5. Be AWARE of what you placed under seat. Make sure there are no zippers or pockets facing the passenger in front of you.
As a final helpful tip, keep the following with you: 1) your ID (passport if traveling internationally), 2) a credit card, 3) a cell phone, and 4) essential prescription medications. If you lose everything else, at least you have the things that cannot be replaced quickly and easily.
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