Thanksgiving Holiday Travel And Security

Well it seems that it is time for another Holiday Season to be here, and it is. One of our favorite Holiday’s is Thanksgiving; the most traveled holiday there is in the U.S. Where each year more and more families load up the car and head for their preferred holiday destination. Now your destination may be Mom and Dad’s, to see Grandma Marie, or any number of other fantastic destinations across the country, it is a family tradition.

And just like any other holiday where travel is involved there are a few things that need to be done to make sure that everyone’s holiday season is filled with joy and happiness and not pain and despair. Most of the things that I want to tell you about you probably already know and I just want to remind you of a few things that will help make you and your families Thanksgiving both Fun and Safe.

Getting Prepared for the Trip

1. Have your automobile checked out by a professional, this means taking your car to your local mechanic and having them perform any scheduled maintenance that is due along with checking your belts, hoses, tires, and fluid levels. You may also want to fill up with gas and give everyone a last bathroom break before hitting the highway. It is also advised that you carry an emergency roadside kit including: jumper cables, bottled water, a flashlight and batteries, safety reflectors, and a small first aid kit.

2. Make sure that you have any medications, prescriptions, and other medical supplies needed to complete your trip. Getting some medical prescriptions filled outside your home state can get very frustrating.

3. Check and re-check what has been packed for the trip to verify that everything that is needed has been included. Also keep track of what luggage has been loaded into the car as not to leave behind any small bags or totes.

4. Charge all of your personal electronic devices to full capacity before hitting the road. Your IPod, MP3 player, laptop, or cell phone will not work if they have no power. While most of us can charge our cell phones up while driving, without the proper adaptor you may not be able to do this for your other personal electronic devices.

5. Notify a family member or trusted friend of your travel plans include all phone numbers so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency, travel route, and destination along with any other information you think they need to know.

Securing Your House While You Are Traveling

1. If possible get a house sitter or caretaker to check on your residence or property while you are gone. If this is not possible ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things.

2. Stop your newspaper and mail delivery while you are gone, piled up newspapers in the front yard are an open invitation for a burglar or thieves.

3. Make sure all doors and windows have been locked and are secure. Do not make it easy for someone to enter an unprotected house.

4. Install security lighting with motion sensors on the outside of your home, a criminals do not like to be seen. Get a timer for 2 or 3 inside lights that turn on and off a set times.

5. Turn on your home alarm system when you leave. It does not work unless it is has been activated.

While some of these suggestions have a cost associated with them, most of these are just common sense things that need to be done for your protection. Please exercise caution and consider that the criminal element seem to become more brash during the holiday season, and they usually like to pay a lot less than us and will gladly get their gifts from you for no cost to them.