Menards Home Improvement Topic: "Being prepared makes for a safe trip"

Posted at 11:15 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 11:18:04-04

Whether it’s just for a day or two or an extended vacation, there are a number of things you can do to have a safe, smooth and enjoyable trip when heading out in your vehicle.

Plan your accommodations in advance

  • Do research on any hotels you will be staying at using websites
  • Make and confirm reservations
  • Consider downloading a travel guide

Choose your transportation wisely

  •  Travel in a vehicle that is in good condition
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes a backup battery for your cell phone, first aid kit, non-perishable foods, blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables and a tire gauge

Create an itinerary and leave it with a friend or family member.

  • Include when you are leaving and coming back and anywhere you will be staying
  • Try to check in with your emergency contact daily
  • Bring necessary documents such as driver’s license, passport and a credit or debit card.
  • Have a list of important phone numbers available such as medical

Secure your home

  • Unplug everything except the refrigerator or freezer
  • Install timers on lights to make it look like someone is there
  • Put motion detectors on your outside lights
  • Install a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature
  • Keep valuables secured in a safe deposit box

Above all, keep yourself healthy by filling prescriptions in advance, eating right and getting some appropriate exercise.