Many schools around Southeast Texas are on spring break this week and heading back home this weekend. Additionally, the weather is starting to warm up and that means summer vacations on the way! Traveling is a great way to spend time together and it is important to keep safety in mind so you can enjoy your time away.
If you are planning a trip with family or just yourself, take some time to think about safety. Preparing and taking precautions is always worth it, even if it takes a little extra effort. Whether it is a weekend trip or a few weeks, safety is always worth it.
USA Today offers some safety tips for a great tip:
- Review the escape route in your hotel room - Let's be honest -- when you check in to a hotel room, you're more focused on scoping out the amenities than studying the map on the back of your door. But before you get too settled in, you should take a quick look at the emergency escape routes. You'll be glad you did if an emergency arises in the middle of the night.
- Leave an itinerary and emergency contact - Unplugging while on vacation can be great, but try not to go too under the radar, especially if you're traveling alone. Leave your itinerary (even if it's just as basic as which city you'll be visiting and when you'll return) with a trusted friend or family member back home, and try to check in with him or her every day. That way, if something happens, they can alert authorities on your behalf.
- Confirm visitors with the hotel desk - You're in your hotel room and there's a knock at the door from someone claiming to be maintenance or housekeeping. Before you let this person in, call down to the front desk to verify that someone from the property needs access to your room. Criminals have been known to pose as hotel workers in order to get inside rooms.
- Don't flash your cash or valuables - Keep your cash separated, with some spending money easily accessible and the rest hidden, so that you're not showing off a big wad of cash every time you pay. Although it's tempting to have your smartphone out constantly to look up directions or take photos, be mindful of your surroundings -- thieves love to grab cell phones from people using them on trains and run off at the next stop.
- Steer clear of animals - Cute stray dogs and cats roaming the streets may make for good photo opportunities, but resist the urge to get too close. Wild animals can carry all kinds of not-so-fun diseases (including rabies) that could ruin your trip.
- Keep an emergency car kit - Whether you're driving your own car on a road trip or renting one abroad, make sure you keep a fully stocked kit in case of emergency. This should include a backup battery for your phone, a first-aid kit, reflective warning signs, blankets, non-perishable food, a tire gauge, a flashlight, bottled water and a snow shovel.
There are many other precautions you can take and other ways to stay safe. What are some of your safety travel habits? Feel free to share as a comment and we may include it in the next travel post.
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