5 ways you can make your trip safer and easier
If you’re planning a trip this holiday season, whether by yourself, with friends or with family, here are a few tips to make your life a little easier:
1. It’s not really lost if… Scan your important documents (tickets, car rental agreements, passports, licenses, itinerary details, etc.) and email them to yourself in a web-based email program you can access from anywhere. For added security, zip the files together into a password protected archive (using something like WinZip, which works on Mac and Windows or BetterZip 2 on Mac systems).
2. Make a list and check it twice. List all the absolute necessities for traveling (prescriptions, extra glasses, passports, visas, medications such as ibuprofen and Pepto-Bismol, etc.) — make sure you have enough of everything you need. Organizing and bagging these items into resealable plastic bags is a good way to protect them and keep them handy. Pack a few extra bags in your suitcase as well.
3. Have questions? TSA has answers. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a mobile app to help you figure out what can and can’t go through the security checkpoint, find out the status (delays, weather, etc.) at airports and more.
4. Secure your home before you leave. As much as you might like to share, wait until you return to post the details of your trip. When you tell your friends your travel plans via social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, you might be telling some savvy burglars too. Invest in a few timers for lights and radios in your home so it won’t appear unoccupied while you’re gone.
5. Prepare for the unexpected. When packing, make sure to keep your “can’t-live-without” items in your carry-on or purse. A fresh set of undergarments, prescriptions, essential documents, phone numbers — whatever will make that dreaded announcement, “your luggage didn’t make it,” frustrating but not disastrous.
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