With spring break fast approaching, here are some tips to keep you and your family safe wherever you are.


Road Trip

  • Take turns driving. Changing drivers every so often keeps everyone well rested – and the radio dial tuned to different stations depending on the driver’s preference.
  • Take a map. Yes, really. We rely so heavily on phones these days but in some areas you will not have cell phone service and therefore will lose the ability to follow GPS navigation with your phone. There are map apps you can download prior to your trip that don’t require an Internet connection.
  • The front seat passenger should stay awake if you’ve got more than three passengers, as two alert drivers are always better than one.
  • Never leave your valuables in plain view in your car. And always lock valuable items in your trunk before you reach your destination.
  • Make sure everyone has packed their valid driver’s license and that you have the vehicle registration and proof of insurance in the car before leaving.


At the Hotel

  • When you check in at the front desk, use discretion when sharing your room number with the rest of the people in your party while still in the lobby. People not with your party do not need to know your exact location. This will help keep you safe.
  • Reserve a room that’s above the first floor but below the sixth floor. It’s easier to break into a first floor room and rooms above the sixth floor are sometimes too high for fire truck ladders to reach.
  • Always make a mental note of where the nearest fire exits and stairwells are located in case you need to evacuate.
  • Upon arriving in your room, check to be sure that that all of the windows and doors are locked.
  • Use the hotel room safe! This is a great place to store any cash or credit cards that you don’t want to have on hand when you are out of the hotel and any other easy to steal items such as small electronics and jewelry.
  • Pull your door completely closed behind you. Some doors have a slow release and could remain open after you leave.


Traveling To Another Country

  • Don’t bring flashy valuables like expensive jewelry or watches with. Thieves who are looking to prey on tourists can put your personal safety at risk.
  • Do your homework before you leave about your destination, keeping in mind you are subject to the laws of the country you visit. Also, check online for any travel warnings or travel alerts by the US government regarding your travel destination.
  • Do not carry large quantities of cash. ATMs are everywhere so you can always get more cash if you need to. If you do have a lot of cash, always keep most of it locked in your hotel safe.
  • Take at least two credit cards or debit cards with you. Keep one on your person and one in the hotel safe. And let your credit card company know you are traveling and the dates you will be traveling so they don’t shut down your card thinking it has been stolen.
  • Know the country’s equivalent of 911.

We hope these tips help keep you safe this spring break.


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