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.