Last Minute Summer Travel Safety Tips

Protect yourself and your stuff as you hit the road at the end of summer.

, so now is the time to get in the last-minute vacation. If you're going out of town, either by car or plane, before the kids go back to school, check out these safety tips provided by USA.gov and Amica Insurance.

  • Avoid bringing large amounts of cash. Carry one or two credit cards and use travelers checks when possible.
  • Don’t bring valuable or irreplaceable jewelry, electronics or collectibles.
  • Make sure each piece of luggage is labeled inside and out with your name, address and telephone number. This goes for carry-ons, too.
  • Keep cash, credit cards, passports and airline tickets in the hotel safe. And keep your hotel door locked at all times.
  • If you have to carry cash or credit cards, don’t keep them in handbags or outside pockets that are easy for thieves to access. Inside pockets and shoulder bags across the chest are safest.
  • Remember to bring a photo identification card and updated passport if you’re traveling outside of the United States.
  • Contact your doctor to see whether you need any immunizations before you travel to a foreign country.
  • Don’t forget to bring any prescription medications you may need. Keep them in their original, labeled containers and carry copies of your prescriptions, including the generic names.

Are you heading off on a last-minute vacation? Got big plans to close out summer? Tell us in the comments!

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Richard Haven August 20, 2012 at 03:21 PM
1. No one takes travelers' checks anymore 2. Do NOT put your address on the outside of luggage. 3. A passport is the only accepted photo id 4. Photocopy or scan your passport, credit cards (both sides), and itinerary. Have a copy with you and leave one with a friend at home. 5. Take contact numbers on paper; do not depend on your phone/PDA/internet address book.


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