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Traveling and vacations are on the rise with summer in full swing. Ask yourself these four questions to make sure you’re prepared as you set out for your trip.
1. Where are you going?
Where you’re headed affects everything from your luggage to your itinerary. A weekend road trip, a quick business trip, and a long vacation abroad will have distinct schedules. You’ll pack very different suitcases for vacations to Punta Cana and Alaska (we hope). Here are some extra things to keep in mind as you plan your journey.
i. Check your destination’s weather conditions a week out, and double-check them the day before you leave. Checking in advance will help you plan your wardrobe and buy any necessary new items. 2019 summer temperatures are breaking records this year across the US (U.S. Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events 2019, NOAA), so it’s a good idea to pack versatile layers.
ii. If you make international travel plans, do homework on the country you plan to visit. Be aware of travel advisories listed by The U.S. Department of State for countries across the globe. These advisories list local safety conditions, areas to avoid, entry requirements, possible health warnings, natural hazards, and other warnings to keep in mind.
iii. Be aware of international laws and customs. Some countries have specific restrictions on chemicals and medical products that people are allowed to carry. For example, in Mexico, some nasal decongestants (like Sudafed or Vick’s) are prohibited. You also might not be able to carry some pepper products into international countries, so always read your destination’s legal fine print.
2. How are you getting there?
Are you driving, riding a bus or train, or flying? How you’re traveling will directly affect what you’re able to (and not to) pack.
i. For a road trip, take precautions and be prepared for speed bumps on and off the road. Unfortunately, there are 6 million car accidents and 38,000 car-jackings in the U.S. every year, It’s essential to have a plan in place in case of danger. The Safe Escape 3-in-1 Automotive Safety Tool is specifically designed with a seatbelt cutter, a window breaker, and pepper gel to provide you with maximum safety while riding or driving.
ii. If you’re flying to your destination, check airport and airline packing restrictions. Some airlines limit which electronics can be checked or carried on, and most airports limit the size of your liquids to 3.4oz (Liquids Rule, TSA). With that in mind, it’s still important to carry a personal safety device as you venture out. Personal alarms are a convenient and portable option for airplane and international travel. The Personal Alarm with Motion Detector, Magnet & Key Ring is small enough to carry in your pocket, and can be carried as a keychain, in a purse, or attached to your backpack. With a pull-tab for easy activation, it will alert people nearby with its 120dB alarm – as loud as an ambulance siren.
iii. No matter what mode of transportation you go with, a basic first aid kit is always a smart idea. The CDC recommends packing your own first aid kit to suit your needs with things like bandages, aloe vera, anti-motion sickness medicine, over-the-counter medicines, cotton swabs, and anything else you might need.
3. Where are you staying?
Nowadays, there are so many options for lodging. Airbnbs, hotels and hostels are all popular options, but there are important things to consider with each of these.
i. Be sure to check where exactly your lodging is. Print a copy of the address and contact information for access throughout your trip. That way, if your phone dies or service cuts out, you’ll still be able to find your lodging.
ii. It’s also important to scope out the neighborhood you’re staying in; is it located in a safe part of town? Get in touch with your hotel or host on any advice they have on arriving and checking in, especially if you’ll get in late at night.
iii. If you’re staying at a hotel or Airbnb, you’ll have a key to lock the doors and windows. Even so, it can be hard to know who else has access to your space or how secure your locks really are. A Door Stop Alarm is an easy and convenient way to secure your room from the inside, deter trespassers, and alert you of any intrusions.
4. How long are you gone?
The length of your trip affects everything from how you plan, what you pack, and how you should prepare your home while you’re gone.
i. Whether you’re only gone for a weekend or setting out for a longer-term trip, it’s smart to ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your house for you, switch a light or two on, and bring your mail inside every few days. These are common things burglars watch out for when they scope out homes to invade. A TV Light Simulator is an energy-efficient option that recreates the exact sort of light produced by a television.
ii. You can also install other home security devices to ward off intruders. A Fake Security Camera gives potential trespassers the illusion they’re being watched and convincingly mimics a real security camera. A Wireless Home Alarm System is affordable and simple-to-install to help you scare off burglars, alert those nearby. Even a simpler option like Yard Sign & Security Decals help deter attackers as an initial layer of defense for your home.
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