For most people, summer means vacation and travel, fun and family, and your summer vacation plans are one of the reasons everyone looks forward to summer.
But whether you’re headed to the beach or the amusement park or the wilderness, you don’t want the story of your summer vacation to be ruined because you failed to be safe in your travels.
So we’ve compiled a list of summer travel safety tips to help you stay safe and ensure great stories when you come back home.
Never leave your wallet or pocketbook in the car. Thieves are always on the lookout for easy marks, and out-of-state plates could make your car a target.
If you get lost while in an unfamiliar town, be careful about where you stop to check your map or GPS. Pulling off on the side of the road isn’t safe, and if it’s after dark, you should make sure to stop in a well-lit, public place.
If you are going out sight-seeing, don’t be afraid to ask at the hotel desk if there are places you should avoid. Get a local’s perspective before wandering off on your own.
Whether you’re at an amusement park or a tourist attraction, be very careful about displaying large amounts of cash. Thieves are always looking for people with a lot of cash.
If you are at the beach or out in the sun, be sure to use a sunscreen to avoid burns that can ruin tomorrow’s fun.
If you are on a boat, wear a life jacket, and never drive a boat if you’ve been consuming alcohol. Driving under the influence laws also apply to boat operators, and many fun days on the lake have been spoiled by people in “vacation mode” drinking too much and trying to operate a boat.
At the beach, always keep an eye on children swimming in the ocean, even if they are strong swimmers at the pool back at home. Riptides and other dangers exist in the ocean, and you should never let your children go swimming without someone keeping an eye on them.
Do not post photos or travel plans on social media. You don’t want your vacation spoiled by returning to a home that has been hit by a burglar who knew you would be away because of your social media.