More people travel during the holiday season than any other time of the year. Some of us visit friends or family, while others escape the cold weather that comes with a Missouri winter by heading south for warmer climes. This means more people on the road, which leads to more traffic, more accidents, and more vehicle breakdowns. Sad to say, but there are also more robberies during this time of year than any other. While that may not show a lot of holiday spirit, potential burglars and other criminals know that people are going to be traveling, and also that they’ll be more likely to have money with them to do their holiday shopping.
Fortunately, your friendly senior living community in Belton, MO has taken the liberty of assembling a few travel tips to help active seniors stay safe and have fun as they travel this holiday season!
- Before you leave, cancel your mail and newspaper delivery. You can probably have your post office hold it for you and either pick it up yourself or have it delivered when you get back. That way it doesn’t pile up while you’re gone.
- Get your car in for service before you hit the road, to make sure that everything is in tip-top shape. If your car isn’t as reliable as it used to be, consider a rental!
- While you’re at it, see your doctor to refill any necessary prescriptions that you might need while you’re gone. It’s also a good time to see your dentist for a routine cleaning before all those holiday photos.
- If you’re flying, plan for extra time at security checkpoints, and make sure that your carry-on bag contains everything that you’ll need for the flight—and to spend a little time at your destination, if your other luggage isn’t immediately available.
- Let your credit card companies know that you’ll be out of town. This helps to avoid holds being placed on your cards because of unusual spending, and also helps protect you against fraud.
- Turn down the thermostat before you leave. No sense keeping the whole house as warm as you like it while you’re gone. If you’re concerned about security, you may want to consider electronic timers for indoor lights, which can help dissuade would-be burglars by making them think that someone is home.
- Check the weather along your whole trip route—not just before you leave, but throughout your trip, so that you’ll be prepared! And of course, don’t forget to pack an extra pair of gloves or an extra scarf, just in case!
If you’re a resident of the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton who will be traveling this holiday season, you’re welcome to let owners Tim and Karen Savage know. We’ll be more than happy to help keep an eye on your place so that you can enjoy your journey with peace of mind. Not already a resident at Lazy Acres? Give us a call during our regular business hours at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form any time!