Traveling Over the Holidays?

Real Estate Agent with Burch & Co. Real Estate

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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Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Around this time of year, I do a lot of travel since my family is all over the place. Losing a bag has happened on more than one occasion and I cannot stress how helpful it was to have extra essentials in my carry on.

Nov 30, 2011 07:19 AM #1
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Eric - Great tips for people who will be traveling over the holidays.  I really liked your suggestion on scanning important documents and sending them to yourself, so you could access them if they get lost, or stolen.  Nicely done!

Nov 30, 2011 07:22 AM #2
Eric Burch

Knock on wood we have never had a bag lost either but I have had family members that have and this happen to them and this tip would of made their lives much better.

Laura - We love our scanner and use it daily for real estate mostly but have found several other things to use it for as well. Happy Holidays and thanks for your kind words.


Nov 30, 2011 09:47 AM #3
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