Traveling during the holidays is a necessity for most people, as they trot off to visit relatives and loved ones in far away places. While it may be a needed part of the festivities, it can also be an unsafe hindrance if you’re not careful. Here are ten holiday travel safety tips to make sure you and your family stay safe during your holiday travels this year:
Use A Checklist
The more prepared you are, the less vulnerable you will be at the worst possible moments. Make a list of all you’ll need and take care of everything on it well in advance.
Call The Airlines Ahead Of Time
Know when you need to be at the terminal or train station and understand how long you’ll be waiting in line. Ask other questions, too, like what you can bring on board and how much it can weigh.
Double-Check Your Check In Times
Because you never want to be stuck without a hotel room, double-check your reservations before departure.
Pack As If You’ll Be Stuck Somewhere
Add a few granola bars or something else that’s light, but provides quick nutrition and have extra cash in your pocket, just in case you need it. You don’t want to be stuck somewhere without food or other necessities as that can leave you open to predators.
Bring Things For The Kids To Do
If you’re constantly distracted by unhappy children, you could be leaving your belongings vulnerable to would-be thieves. Plan ahead for what the kids will be doing, so you’re all safer for the entire trip.
Have Identification Handy At All Times
You don’t want to be shuffling through all your carry on, trying to find your ID when it’s called for, so have it handy for everyone who is traveling with you.
Don’t Wish Strangers Happy Holidays
Bad guys are hard to spot, even for experts sometimes, so you shouldn’t take the unnecessary risk of being too friendly with anyone you don’t know.
Avoid Being Isolated From Other Travelers
No matter what’s going on, you always want to stay with the crowd and not get stuck somewhere by yourself. Make sure you know how to get to and from restrooms, for example, and anywhere else you need to go, to avoid getting lost or left behind.
Don’t Bring Or Flaunt Valuables
While your favorite diamond earrings may look fabulous with your holiday sweater, you don’t want to advertise your valuables. Be discreet until you reach your destination.
Limit The Weight And Bulk Of What You Carry
While you do want to have everything you’ll need at your fingertips, you don’t want to be so weighed down or bulked-up that you have a hard time moving. This will make you look like an easy target for anyone wanting to pickpocket your wallet or swipe your purse.
Don’t let travel woes or safety issues turn your holiday happiness into turmoil this year. Use these holiday travel safety tips to keep everyone protected while on the move.