Summer Travel Safety Tips

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This is the time when many families decide to take a vacation. Your BBB® has come across some helpful information for ensuring safe travels. Something that is on everyone’s mind these days is the Zika virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a special microsite all about the Zika virus—what locations have it, how to prevent it, what symptoms the virus causes, etc. at www.cdc.gov/zika. In addition, the CDC has information about how to avoid bug bites and what repellent to use.

Before You Go

  • Place copies of your passport and travel documents in each piece of luggage, in case you lose the original documents.(CDC)
  • Leave a copy of your passport and travel documents with a trusted friend or relative at home. (CDC)
  • Check the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website for updates on permitted and prohibited items including medicines that you are allowed to have in your carryon bag. (TSA)
  • Pack a Travel Health Kit. See items to include at cdc.gov/travel/page/pack-smart#travelhealthkit.
  • Be sure and include your health insurance card.

International Travel

  • The CDC publishes the “CDC Health Information for International Travel” (commonly called the Yellow Book) every two years. The 2016 edition is the newest version. Click here for ordering information and to see a copy of the Table of Contents.
  • The US State Department offers lots of information such as currency exchange rates, travel warnings, passport information, scams, crisis situations, and much more at their website state.gov/travel/.

Road Trip

Travel Scams and Money Saving Tips from BBB

And last, but certainly not least, we came across these tips for keeping your home safe while you are on vacation:

1. Hold Your Mail and Newspapers

  • Call your local post office and ask them to hold your mail or do it online at USPS.com. Call your newspaper service to have your paper held. (FlipKey.com)

2. Trick Potential Intruders

  • Put your lights and electronics on a timer to make it look like someone’s home; don’t leave them on all the time. (FlipKey.com)
  • Lock all doors and windows. (Oprah.com)
  • Unplug your computer, or plug it into a surge protector in case there’s a storm while you’re away. (Oprah.com)
  • Arrange for someone to cut your grass. (FlipKey.com)
  • Have a neighbor park out front. (FlipKey.com)

3. Ask Neighbors to Keep an Eye Out

  • Let them know how long you’ll be gone and how they can reach you. (FlipKey.com)

4. Avoid Social Media

  • Hold off on posting your vacation pictures on social media. It could alert thieves that you are out of town. (FlipKey.com)

5. Bring Your Spare Key Inside.

  • Thieves look for spare keys under flowerpots, rocks, doormat, or above the door. Best to bring it inside or leave it with a trusted neighbor. (FlipKey.com)

For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org/evansville, and to report a scam, go to bbb.org/scamtracker.

About Jackie 244 Articles
Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.

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