Ah. Summertime. The time when you and your family pack up your car and hit the road. While there’s much to look forward to if you’re like most homeowners, vacation time can mean you have dual concerns. On the one hand, you’re likely thinking, “How can I protect my family while I’m on the road.” On the other hand, you’re still mindful of home security, given that you won’t be around to keep an eye on things. Here are some things you can do to make sure that your family is safe on vacation and things on the home front are taken care of, too.
Before you leave, you want to do a house check. Make sure that your home meets fire safety standards, is protected against flooding, and that your home security systems function properly. The Independent Traveler website suggests that you have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on things as well as pick up mail, so that it doesn’t accumulate in your mailbox. As well, if your lights aren’t on a timer or automated through your home security system, your neighbors can also see to it that your front stoop stays well-lit after dark.
Some final tips include pulling your spare key from its hiding place under the mat and unplugging your appliances to ward off damages from unexpected power surges.
On the Road
There are a couple of things you can do right off the bat. Make sure that you stock your car with a first-aid kit. If you’re going to a wooded area, items like bug spray and aloe vera gel count as good things to pack.
And speaking of traveling to a wooded area, fire safety isn’t only a concern at home. If you’re planning on camping and building fires, make sure you’ve packed along items like a bucket and a shovel to keep by your campfire.
Truth be told, you may not be vacationing on dry land at all. If you’re planning on a cruise, take some practical steps to keep your family healthy. Be sure to pack motion-sickness meds if you plan to sail. Many cruises ships carry these items, but it’s nice to have your own stash should a bit of sea-sickness strike.
In the Air
According to Prevention.com, respiratory illness and other kinds of sickness count as a major drawback to traveling by air. Planes are filled with germs and are also low on the moisture scale. To combat this, make sure you down plenty of H2O plus keep some saline spray on hand to moisturize the inside of your nose.
When you’re on vacation, it’s natural to ask, “How do I protect my family,” but you don’t want that to be the only thing on your mind as you travel. While it’s natural to fret a bit about home security while you’re gone and to worry about the safety of your family on the road, good planning goes a long way to ensuring that your vacation is also just a lot of fun.