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Nine Tips for Protecting Yourself on Vacation


With the summer months ahead and children out of school, many people will be busy planning for family vacations. While you may have spent all year anticipating this trip, there are some last minute details you need to attend to. This includes taking the time to brush up on some simple safety tips to use when traveling. The following can help to ensure you and your loved ones are protected while preventing accidents and personal injuries from ruining your trip:

  1. Do your research before you go.

Whether you have been to a particular destination before or it is your first time visiting, always do research before you go. Read what reviewers have to say about the area, your hotel, and any restaurants or attractions you may be visiting.

  1. Keep copies of important documents.

Nationwide advises that you make copies of important documents, such as your driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport. In addition, keep a copy of all health, life, and accident insurance cards on you,  just in case.

  1. Let your family and friends know your itinerary.

Make a detailed itinerary for loved ones, detailing when you will reach your destination, where you are staying, and when you plan to leave. Include a set time when you will call to check in.

  1. Check bags at the airport and remain seated during flights.

If you are flying to your destination, consider checking your bags. Lugging heavy items through the airport and hoisting them overhead on the plane increases your risk of injury. Stay seated as much as possible during the flight, to reduce your risks of slips or falls.

  1. Have your car thoroughly checked if you are taking a road trip.

Car Care advises taking your car in for a tune up and routine inspection before any road trips. Check for tire pressure, fluid levels, windshield washer fluid, and burned out head or tail lights before you go.

  1. Give yourself plenty of time.

When traveling and once you reach your destination, make an effort to slow down and take your time wherever you go. Speeding and rushing are leading causes of accidents and injuries.

  1. Avoid overuse of alcohol.

While there is nothing wrong with having a few drinks while away, avoid excessive alcohol use. It impairs your judgement and makes accidental injuries more likely to happen.

  1. Report any accidents immediately.

In the event of an accident or other mishap, report it to security, the property owner, or the police immediately. Get the names of all involved and make sure an accident report is filed.

  1. Do not downplay injuries you suffer.

There is a natural tendency to downplay injuries you suffer on vacation, but doing so could be dangerous to your health. Get medical treatment as soon as possible and follow up with your doctor at home.

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