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Tips For Traveling During The Holidays

Tips for cheerful travel during the holidays

The holiday season is going to be one filled with fun, food, and travel!  If you are looking for a way to travel safely during the holidays but aren’t entirely sure what you should be focusing on, these tips will help you prioritize safety without cramping your style.

Top traveling tips for the holiday season

Whether traveling by air, sea or road, here are some fundamental tips to help you keep safety in the front of your mind and mishaps to a minimum for your travel-related holiday plans.

Have home protection in place

You must protect your home while you are away.  The best way to do that is to do a “system check.”  Make sure all of your windows and doors have operational locks (and that they are locked before you leave.) If you have a security system in place, consider giving it a “test” to make sure that it’s going to go off when you need it to.

Lastly, consider keeping some lights on in the house or set to a timer to go on in the evening.  Enlisting a neighbor to check on your place while you’re away is always a great idea, especially if you don’t have a security system!

Have your car inspected and adequately packed

You’ll want to have your car inspected at an auto shop before you head out if you are driving.  This will help ensure fluids are good to go, tires are properly inflated and maybe advise your of any potentially hazards before you get on the road!  Also, pack it properly with a safety kit, gear related to where you are going (keeping weather in mind), and perhaps a spare tire (other than the dummy tire). 

Consider travel insurance

Travel insurance is one of the best things you can consider when feeling a little nervous about being away from home.  It can help to know that you’ve got that extra protection to fall back on, should you ever need it. Weather extremes are more likely during the winter holidays so having that extra protection gives peace of mind during one of the most important holiday seasons.

Think about your gifts

Gift-giving is one detail that many people forget about!  If you are going to be in a separate state, consider shipping your gifts directly to the location so that you can just prepare them there and not have to leave space to pack them.  As well, think about it from a TSA point of view, too.  They may go through the entire package that you bring, which means your wrapping paper job will be a mess. Plus, batteries needed and the extra weight you may need coming and going.

Most recommend that you just hold off on wrapping the gifts until you get to your location when you are flying there! Not something everyone thinks about but such a simple thing to hold off on, for very good reason.

Plan for weather changes

Regardless of what the weather will be like where you are or where you are going, be prepared for it to change on you!  Make sure you pack according to general comfort in all kinds of layers, and be prepared to adjust your travel plans to accommodate that weather, too.  It’s a frustrating but necessary evil!

The holiday season is full of excitement and travel options, so you’ll want to make sure that you keep it as merry and bright as possible by remembering to plan for travel properly.  These tips will help you do so quickly, and they’ll even add extra excitement to the preparation process!

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While we can't help you plan for your holiday travel, we want to be sure you plan ahead for many given situations. Contact Harbour Insurance Services at (281) 520-4090 should you have any insurance needs.