Fall is a great time for traveling. Many families decide to wait until fall to do a family vacation, or to travel to locations where they can see fall foliage and enjoy the changing of the seasons. Whatever the reason for your fall travel, it’s important that you take the proper steps to remain safe.
Travel can be fun and exciting, but it can also be scary and dangerous at times. When you’re traveling to a place you’ve never been, even the simple, little things can seem like a huge issue. The more you prepare ahead of time, the better it will be.
Here are nine tips for safe fall travel:
- Know where you are going – It’s important to know something about the place you are visiting before you take off. You will want to know the weather, the accommodations, and also something about the area you are staying in, if you’ve never been there before. Learn all that you can about the area you are visiting before you set off to a place unknown.
- Have emergency contacts in place – In addition to brining important numbers and information with you when you travel, you also need to let someone trustworthy back home know where you are going, when, and where.
- Service your car – If you’re making it a road trip, it’s very important that you get your vehicle serviced first so that you know everything is in order and that you won’t be likely to run into any issues on your trip. You’ll want to have it checked for potential problems with the engine, tires, etc.
- Bring an emergency kit – It’s a good idea to bring an emergency kit if you’re traveling by car. If you’re traveling via plane or other method, you can bring a small first aid/ emergency kit in your carry-on bag. This could include medications, band aids, and other things you or a family member might need in a pinch.
- Avoid public WiFi – While it’s natural to want to stay connected while traveling, public WiFi is not secure and you might end up regretting that decision if hackers get your private information. If you must have WiFi while you travel, look into using your phone as a hotspot, or see if your internet provider offers an option for when you’re traveling.
- Don’t post on social media – It’s not safe to post your location or agenda, or the fact that you are traveling, on social media accounts for all to see. If you love Facebook checkins, do the checkins for you only while you are away. You can still tag places, add photos and more. Once you’re back home with the family, you can change the status to Friends to share with others.
- Password protect your cell phones – When you’re at home, you might not worry as much about it, but if you lose your phone while traveling and you have sensitive info on it such as email passwords and banking info, hackers can do damaging things with that info. Take the time to password protect your phone if you’re not already, before you leave.
- Bring only what you need – It can be tempting to overpack. You want to have enough clothing, the weather can still be hard to predict in fall, and your kids will probably want to bring things with them as well. However, it’s important that you try to bring only what you really need, and lock up valuables if you’re leaving them in the car or a hotel.
- Protect your home while you’re away – If you’re going to be away for a long time, consider having someone bring in your mail or suspend mail service until you get back. If it’s piling up, it can send a message to would-be robbers that no one is home.
With these tips in mind, you can travel without fears and worry. You can travel knowing that you and your family are taking all the precautions you can to be as safe as possible.