Originally posted on March 30, 2017 @ 9:50 am
Traveling can be fun, but the open road poses plenty of dangers. Even if you’re the safest driver ever and you follow all the rules of the road you can still end up getting in an accident. Other people often pose more of a danger to you on the road than you do yourself.
The road is not the only dangerous place when it comes to risks you take on vacation. You could get robbed, you could experience a natural disaster, or you could get injured while hiking. Here are some safety tips you should take into account on your next trip.
Insure Your Vehicle
Make sure that you have good insurance on your vehicle. Good insurance doesn’t have to be expensive. If you travel a lot you may even want to consider having full coverage. You want to be sure that your vehicle is as protected as your family is when you’re on the road.
Bring A Safety Kit
You should never travel without a vehicle safety kit and a first aid kit. You never know what will happen when you’re on the road, and it just makes sense to be prepared for anything. Your first aid kit should have bandages, gauze, antibiotic, and pain killers that help with inflammation, as well as other typical first aid items.
Your vehicle safety kit should include things like flat fixing spray and jumper cables. Make sure that you also check tire pressure, and that you ensure your spare tire has air and that you have a jack and tire iron in your trunk as well.
Keep Your Smartphone Charged
Your smartphone is also an important part of your travel safety. Not only will it help you find your way to where you want to go with built-in GPS, but it’s also your one way to reach out to safety services if you need them. Even a plain old flip phone can call 911 without a contract, as long as it’s charged.
Have A Plan
Make a vacation plan. Where are you going, what is your itinerary, and what should your family do if you all get separated. Make sure everyone knows the emergency plan and has a phone with emergency numbers and the numbers they need to reach the rest of you that are vacationing together.
Let Someone Know Your Plans
You should also have someone back at home, whether it’s a friend or neighbor, that knows your itinerary. They will be the ones that can help the most if something seriously bad happens on your vacation. Touch base with them at your major destinations as well.
Your trip can be a safe one, you just need to plan ahead to make sure that you know where you’re going, how to get there, and do what you can to get there in one piece!