Safe Traveling Tips

Posted by April Schoffer October 17, 2013

Things to Do Before Leaving Home

Family loading up car for vacation

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in 2012 an average of 67 million passengers loaded up their suitcases and boarded a plane for some destination worldwide each month. Last summer, I joined the millions in this statistic and flew across the globe from Seattle to Amsterdam. And from my experience, I know that while traveling is a time of exploration, enjoyment, and relaxation, it can also be one in which we are removed from our comfort zones.

Because traveling can sometimes be stressful, it’s important to ensure that you have taken the necessary precautions to keep your home, belongings – and most importantly yourself – safe. That way you can focus on enjoying your summer adventures. Here are a few of my favorite tips to help you plan before you travel:

  • Create a list of things to check just before leaving your home.

    Have you turned down the water heater? Are all the windows locked? These may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget something simple in the rush of getting out the door to catch your flight. Nobody wants to learn that their house was burglarized while they were out of town. This news would be especially unwelcome while relaxing on a beach in Brazil.
  • Talk to an insurance agent to see what coverage applies to you while traveling.

    At home or on the road, personal property coverage comes standard with every Safeco Home or Renters insurance policy. This means as a Safeco policy holder, the things you take with you on your trip may be covered. As a precaution, consider documenting the items you are bringing with you on a trip. For me, this means laying out my clothes, books, and personal belongings, then taking a photograph prior to configuring them like Tetris pieces into my suitcase. This way, if the unexpected happens, my claims process will be as quick and easy as possible.
  • Finally, remember that planning for your personal safety is paramount while traveling.

    Leave an itinerary with a trusted friend or family member so that you can be contacted in the event of an emergency. If traveling outside of the US, consider packing an emergency low-minutes international phone card even if you have a cell phone. Additionally, consult resources such as the US Bureau of Consular Affairs to find useful information for ensuring you are traveling safely and consider signing up for their Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

I hope these tips will help you plan a safe and fun vacation so that the experiences you have while traveling become positive lifelong memories. Happy travels!


Check with a local Safeco agent to see what coverage you have while traveling.

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