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Before you travel, be prepared with these tips to keep everyone safe, healthy and injury-free.

Thinking about hitting the road or flying the friendly skies this summer? Whether you plan to go near or far, there’s a good chance you’ll do some traveling this season if you’re like many Americans. But while you’re making plans and getting excited about all the things you’ll do at your destination, give some thought to how to keep everyone in your traveling party feeling good so they’re having fun. By following these tips, you’ll come home with nothing but wonderful memories.

Essential Summer Travel Safety Tips

Before you head out on a road trip:

  • Get your car serviced – If you haven’t brought your car to the shop in a while, it may be time to get a tune-up, oil change and other services. Have the brakes checked and don’t forget to check the air pressure in your tires.
  • Put together an emergency kit – You may already have one in your car, but if not, put together a few essentials in case you get stuck on the road. Your emergency kit should have some flares, a set of jumper cables and a tire-changing kit. It’s also a good idea to pack a first aid kit, flashlight, water bottles and blankets. Bring backup chargers for your phone and the number for roadside assistance.
If you’re flying:
  • Carry medications with you – Don’t pack medications or essential items in your luggage, in case it gets lost. Keep them with you, along with important documents and anything you may need at a moment’s notice.
  • Check warnings and health regulations at your destination – If you’re traveling out of the country, you may require certain vaccinations. There may also be travel warnings due to dangers in some countries as a result of violence or health concerns so make sure you know what to expect when you get there.
At your destination:
  • Think safety first – Summer vacation is all about having fun, but it’s no fun if you get hurt or sick. Be sure to take precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible while you’re away. Wear sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy outside. Protect yourself from ticks, mosquitoes and other insects if you’re going to be out in nature. Also be on the lookout for poison ivy and poison oak (if leaves are clustered in sets of three, don’t touch!). Be vigilant around any areas with water, especially if you have young children. Be aware of your surroundings, especially when you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. Be cautious when riding motorized equipment such as mopeds, scooters or jet skis.
  • Stick to healthy habits – It’s okay to overindulge a bit while on vacation but if you mostly stick to the same healthy habits you follow at home, you’re likely to feel better while you’re away. Get enough sleep, move your body daily, eat (mostly!) healthy foods and try to relax, unwind and have fun!

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Date Last Reviewed: April 19, 2024

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