Whether it’s just for a day or two or an extended vacation, there are a number of things people can do to have a safe, smooth and enjoyable trip when heading out in their vehicle. 

Plan accommodations in advance: 

• Do research on any hotels to stay at by using websites.

• Make and confirm reservations.

• Consider downloading a travel guide.

Choose transportation wisely: 

• Travel in a vehicle that is in good condition.

• Keep an emergency kit in the vehicle that includes a backup battery for cellphones, first aid kit, nonperishable foods, blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables and a tire gauge.

Create an itinerary and leave it with a friend or family member: 

• Include when the family is leaving and coming back and anywhere they will stay.

• Try to check in with the emergency contact daily.

• Bring necessary documents, such as driver’s license, passport and a credit or debit card.

• Have a list of important phone numbers available, such as medical.

Secure the home: 

• Unplug everything except the refrigerator or freezer.

• Install timers on lights to make it look like someone is there.

• Put motion detectors on outside lights.

• Install a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature.

• Keep valuables secured in a safe deposit box.

Above all, keep healthy by filling prescriptions in advance, eating right and getting some appropriate exercise.

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