Are you traveling for the holidays? Be prepared for road trips over the holiday season with our tips!
Before you pack for holiday travel, it is important to be sure your family and home are safe and secure. While this season is one for relaxation and togetherness, it is also one of the riskiest travel times of the year, and preparing for travel can be one of the most stressful parts of your vacation. Nearly 75% of all Americans who take trips plan to drive.
Here are a few ways to prepare for a road trip that will enhance your overall travel experience:
If you or any family members take medications, be sure a supply is packed for the duration of your get-away. However, do not leave your medicine in a hot car. Temperature can affect some medications. Also make note of your physician’s name and phone number, and bring your health and dental insurance cards along—just in case!
If you are headed to the beach or another sunny destination, be sure to pack sun protection. Bring plenty of sunscreen, floppy hats and UV-resistant clothing. And, don’t forget to pack your sunglasses. In addition, if you are headed somewhere cold, be sure to pack adequate clothing for the temperature. Bring many layers made from wool, or cotton, which can help retain body heat. Clothing that can repel water is also great for cold, rainy, or snowy weather.
Be sure to suspend delivery of your mail and home-delivered newspapers, and ask a trusted neighbor, friend, or relative to drive by your residence a few times while you are away. They will be able to ensure there are no packages on your doorstep that would signal you are away. It is also wise to put a few lights inside your residence on timers so they will give the appearance that someone is home.
When packing, the car can fill up quickly. Try not to take more than you need. It is also advisable to ensure the car’s load is evenly balanced.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with your travel route. Relying solely on a GPS can lead to dangerous last-minute turns and lane changes. If you are flying, ensure your flight is on time when you arrive at the airport, and be aware if there have been any changes in flight time, or destination due to bad weather.
When traveling long distances, it is important to take frequent breaks to help maintain focus and prevent fatigue. Getting out of the car to move around can also help avoid blood clots in legs and minimize lower back pain.
If you are traveling with pets, be sure they are secured appropriately and never let them loose in the vehicle. They, too, need breaks outside the car to run around, eat, rehydrate, and answer the call of nature. Treat them just like you would treat a human member of the family. Never leave them unattended in a hot vehicle.
With a little planning, your vacation can be a happy, healthy getaway for you and your family.
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