When you travel, there are enough safety issues to worry about. Focusing on your own personal well-being and enjoyment should be job one. One thing you should not worry about is the valuable possessions you leave behind. Taking a few basic precautions can save you a lot of grief.
You do not want to leave clues for would-be home invaders. Therefore, suspend both your newspaper and mail service when you go away for an extended trip. Both of these things can be accomplished online or over the phone. Devices are available that turn lights on and off at random or preset times to give the illusion that someone is home.
Security systems are available at many prices. For frequent travelers, some sort of alarm system is a good investment. Many systems are linked to private security companies that will provide assistance whether you are home or not. Depending on your community, services may be available through a condo or neighborhood association.
In some climates, it is important to leave the heat on and to run water to keep your pipes from freezing. It may be necessary to enlist the help of a friend or hire a caretaker. In places where freezes are common, such services may be available through condominium associations, property management companies, or private companies.
Leaving your pets in the hands of a trusted neighbor or relative can give you peace of mind. Having pet insurance is a big favor to whomever you ask to care for your pets. If your pet falls ill, there will be no need to worry about whether to have a costly procedure. Pet insurance will remove these difficult decisions from the hands of your loved ones. Pet insurance that pays for necessary medical procedures leaves the decision to your veterinarian. Make sure your helper has the information for your vet.
SHORTCUTS TO TRAVEL SAFETY ARTICLES:
Travel Safety And General Nuisances
Travel Safety And Getting Ripped Off
Travel Safety And Going Off The Beaten Path
Travel Safety And Skiing And Snowboarding Safety
Travel Safety And Your Home
Travel Safety And Your Valuables
Personal Safety While Traveling
Travel Safety: The Car
Travel Safety: Benefits of a Cell Phone
Travel Safety: Benefits of a Global Positioning System
Travel Safety: Lodging
Travel Safety: Safety in the Hotel
Hotel Safety: Elevators and Stairwells
Tips for Safe International Travel
Utilizing News Sources to Stay Informed