Before you leave for your summer vacation, you need to do what you can to make sure your home and belongings are protected while you are gone. Safeguard against crime and other issues by taking the following precautions:
While traveling, don't make yourself a target for thieves and pickpockets. Leave your jewelry and other expensive belongings locked up at home. If you are in crowded, unfamiliar areas, keep your money in a money belt rather than in your purse. When traveling with kids, bring along an updated photo of each child — in case you become separated from them. Talk with your family about who to call and what to do in case they get lost or another emergency arises while you are on vacation.
If you are traveling by car, keep an emergency road kit in the trunk with jumper cables, flares and other necessities. Also take along a first aid kit, bottled water and nonperishable foods.
If you are headed to the beach or another sunny locale this summer, sun protection is essential. Bring plenty of sunscreen, floppy hats and UV-resistant clothing. Sunglasses are also a must. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours or whenever you get out of the water.
Water safety is also very important in the summertime. Teach your kids to swim at home before you leave on vacation. Young children should always have swim vests — not floaties. And you should always be in the water with your children, not sitting on the deck or sand. Remember to stay just an arm's length away. It takes just a few seconds for a child to begin to drown.
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