Menards Home Improvement: “Being prepared makes for a safe trip”

Posted at 10:17 AM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2020-06-30 10:39:29-04

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.

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