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Travel tips can save you time and money

Updated on December 17, 2014

Travel security

The excitement of planning an out of town trip is usually focused on the fun activities ahead, such as the site seeing. The typical travel adventure is a full agenda of hotel arrangements or car rentals and places to fit into your timeline. We rarely stop to focus on the security list or planning for emergencies but this is also an important planning tool. A bit of security review may save you time and money so add this planning stage before you leave home.

If you are staying in a hotel, find out if it has an in-room safe or other security provisions. If you are driving, find out if there is a secured parking area.

Try to keep as little cash on your person as possible for each day. Divide your currency with your spouse, in case either of you should have a wallet stolen. It is easy to get pulled into a crowd and not realize that your wallet was taken while you are distracted.

Review your travel documents

A lost passport or drivers license can ruin your entire trip. Consider the safety of all travel documents such as drivers license, airlines tickets, passports, etc. And make a copy of these items before you leave home. Leave the copy with a trusted contact person at home as well as your travel plans, especially if your travels are in a foreign country.


Busy travelers can forget to pack important medications, so review your list of prescriptions so that you have an adequate supply. Prepare a contact list of your doctors, dentist and pharmacy in case you need to review your medical records or reach your doctors while you are out of town. This is especially important for the whole family, children and elders. It may help diminish a medical emergency if you have your contact information while you are traveling. And pack your medication in your carry on bags.

Credit cards

Make a copy of what you carry in your wallet. Try to carry only those cards that you plan to use while traveling (retail store cards are probably not helpful on foreign travel). Limit your cards to those major bank cards that will be accepted. If you plan on using credit cards on foreign travel, be sure to check with your bank for information on international fees.

Paying for your purchases with a credit card overseas may incur foreign exchange fees, as much as 2% to 3% per each transaction. Contact your bank to review before you travel.

And some online purchases from merchants outside the U.S. impose these fees as well.

Pet security

If you plan to leave a pet with a sitter or kennel, be sure to leave an local contact for emergencies if you cannot be reached. Review pet instructions for food and medications with a trusted friend or family member.

If your flight is delayed or you can not pick up your pet on time, make alternate arrangements.

Home security

Leaving home for an extended trip should prompt a review of home security. Are you leaving a trusted person in charge while you are gone? Will you need to stop your mail or newspaper? Is there a security alarm and monitoring system functioning while your house is vacant? What kind of neighborhood patrol or watch is available?

It is best to have a trusted person arranged ahead of your travels to check your home daily, ask them to do a walk around and turn lights on. One recent traveler was so fortunate that a neighbor happened to notice a water leak coming from a garden hose. The neighbor notified the home owner and turned the water off, preventing further leaking.

Have a list of your neighbors and contact information along with your travel information.

Planning to be safe

No one expects to deal with an emergency while away from home. Traveling is stressful enough without a problem such as a stolen wallet or lost passport. Make your own checklist for security issues before you leave.

Enjoy your travels and take the time to plan your security as well. Come home safe and sound.

Leaving Home

Check list for travel

packing list
copy travel documents
home security
list of contents if bags are lost
ID and passport review
alarm system
hand carry medicine
list of credit cards
emergency contact
hand carry jewelry
flight and hotel
neighborhood patrol
review the items that you plan to pack as well as a security review



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