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With classes in the home stretch and warmer weather starting to roll in, it can only mean one thing: summer vacation season is almost here. And while a fun summer vacation can create memories that last a lifetime, if the right steps for planning this vacation aren’t followed, they’ll be memories you’ll wish you could forget. For example, coming home to “the real world” after a wonderful vacation can always seem a little depressing. However, if your home is burglarized while you’re gone, coming home becomes an absolute nightmare. To help keep you, your family, and your home safe this summer, make sure you follow these five summer vacation safety tips:

  1. Have Someone Watch Your House While Away Though you probably don’t need someone at your house 24/7 while you’re gone, having a friend or the police keep tabs while you’re away can help ward off burglars. If asking a friend, ask him or her to bring in your mail, feed your pets, water your plants, etc. The more activity burglars see in your home, the less likely they are to break in. If your friends aren’t available, make sure you use automatic light timers and tell your local police station that you’ll be gone - they usually have no problem with having an officer drive past and check things out during his or her daily routine!
  2. Make Copies of Your Important Documents One of the scariest things that can happen while traveling is to lose your wallet, passport, credit cards, etc. Not only does a thief have your important personal information, but you also have to go through the whole replacement process while stuck in a foreign place, and probably crunched for time. To avoid getting stuck up a creek without a paddle, make photocopies of your passport, credit cards, driver’s license, insurance cards, etc. and bring them with you in your carry-on luggage. Once at the hotel, keep them safe in your room (preferably in the safe or lockbox) in case something would happen to the originals.
  3. Inform Others of Your Plans When traveling in a new place, it’s always important to plan ahead. If you have an itinerary, make sure you inform friends and family of your plans, as well as your hotel concierge, or even a park ranger if camping. When telling them your plans, always include where you’re going, when you expect to be back, and who to notify in an emergency. That way, if something were to happen, you increase your chances of being helped.
  4. Stay Healthy Nothing helps ruin a vacation faster than getting sick or injured. Before going to a new country, check the Center for Disease Control’s travel website for important vaccine and medical information for traveling. There, you can see the vaccine recommendations and requirements for every country. If a specific vaccine is required for your trip, make sure you visit your doctor 4-6 weeks before departing on your trip. If you take a prescription medication, always make sure you bring back-ups. In addition, make sure you’re aware of other potential threats to your health (i.e. learning about poisonous snakes/spiders in the region).
  5. Purchase Travel Insurance No matter what kinds of precautions you take while planning your trip, sometimes something completely unexpected can ruin your vacation. From a family emergency to having car trouble on the way to the airport, travel insurance can keep you covered, and reimburse your expenses in case of a cancellation or change. However, each policy is different, so it’s important you fully understand the coverage before selecting a plan for your trip. Lancette Agency, partnering with Integrity Mutual, is happy to help you assess your coverage needs to help give you peace of mind and eliminate unhappy surprises before you take off.

 

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