Preparing for Travel: 5 Snowbird Travel Tips
As autumn quickly approaches, many snowbirds are preparing for travel to warmer climates to wait out those long, cold winter months. Snowbird travel requires some forethought and planning to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible, so we have compiled a few tips to help you travel safely and comfortably on your next snowbird adventure.
Plan for your Health
Schedule a checkup with your primary physician before you leave, refill your prescriptions and pack any other essential health items. It is also a good idea to schedule your flu shot before you go. If you plan to travel outside the country, ask your doctor about any vaccines you are required to receive before you reach your destination. If you are traveling abroad, research travel medical insurance as many primary insurance carriers do not cover you while abroad.
Get your Documents in Order
When traveling for extended periods, it is best to be prepared. In addition to making sure your passport or government ID is current, pack your credit and debit card and keep a list of phone numbers for customer service when preparing for travel. You never know when the unthinkable might happen and you will need to report your cards lost or stolen.
Prepare your Home for your Time Away
Arrange for someone to pick up your mail or contact your local post office to stop delivery during the time you plan to be away. It is also a good idea to clean out any perishable food items, unplug appliances, and install timers on lights.
Even though your snowbird travel plans may take you to warmer destinations, do not forget to pack warmer clothing including a jacket or sweater. The weather can be hard to predict.
Double-check your Reservations
Before you leave town, make sure you have a place to stay! Call your hotel or time-share representative to confirm your reservations at your destination before you hit the road. If you need to adjust your schedule, you will be able to do it before it is too late.
Planning ahead is the key to a better trip. With these five simple preparing for travel tips, you can help ensure that your next adventure is safe, fun and free of stress.
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