Unfortunately, the period during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays are when crime rises significantly. Many families have been victims of theft over the years, thieves breaking into their homes and stealing wrapped Christmas gifts. Even when on the road traveling you could be at risk, as purse snatchers and pickpockets will do almost anything to get their hands on your cash or credit cards. How can you stay safe this holiday season while traveling to visit friends and family?
Here are a few holiday travel safety tips to help make 2013 a safe and happy holiday season:
If you have Christmas gifts at home, don’t leave them wrapped under the tree. Store them in a safe place away from potential burglars’ view while you are away.
Leave expensive electronics and jewelry at home. Robbers often target those with lots of “bling” or who are carrying iPods, digital cameras, and other costly electronics.
If you’re taking gifts along when traveling by air, pack them in carry-on luggage to make checking by security easier.
If you must have a credit card, bring only one. Consider using travelers checks or cash in small denominations (for instance, $5 and $10 bills instead of $50 or $100 bills).
When traveling by car, know your route and be aware of weather conditions. Knowing where road construction is taking place or where icy, slick roads are during a winter storm can help you plan an alternate route, or take extra precautions.
If you are traveling by car, be sure it’s in good condition. Have the oil changed, check the wipers and fluids, check tires to ensure good tread and proper inflation.
Bring along an emergency kit. Traveling the nation’s highways and interstates can be dangerous; should you break down along the way, you want to make sure you have a few necessities including bottled water, a first aid kit, flashlight, blankets, jumper cables, maps, and snacks.
Drive safely, and buckle up. This winter season has been one with plenty of snow and ice storms, flooding, and generally bad weather overall. Leave early so that you can drive safely and compensate for any unexpected road conditions or problems. Most important of all, be sure everyone is buckled up.
Be sure your children know what to do if you get separated. When flying to your destination, it’s a good idea to make sure children know what to do if they get separated from you at the airport. Reiterate the importance of avoiding strangers, show them where to go if they get lost, and make sure they know your telephone number and home address.
If you are traveling by air, here are a few traveling tips from the TSA so you know what is allowed and what is not allowed.
Grabel & Associates wishes you a warm and safe holiday season!