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While few travelers encounter problems, there are a few things you can do before leaving home:

  • Ask a reliable friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house.
  • Ask someone you trust to pick up newspaper and mail deliveries, and set timers on one or more lights inside so it appears your residence is occupied.
  • Close blinds and curtains and double check to ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked.
  • Place valuables and special documents in a secure place. Make an inventory of everything you take on the road and leave a copy at home.
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When you arrive at your hotel, take your valuables with you. Check to see if the hotel has a vault or if your room is equipped with a personal safe. If you must leave something in the car, put it in the trunk or covered storage area. Otherwise, someone else's temptation could end up being your disappointment.

Take a cellular phone and keep it with you at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and use good judgment. Trust your instincts. When in doubt, seek help from a trusted source, not a stranger. If possible, pre-program the toll-free AAA Emergency Road Service number (1-800-AAA-HELP) into your cell phone as well as "911."

If you're traveling with children, remind them not to talk to strangers. Go with them on bathroom breaks. Give them whistles they can wear arond their necks with instructions that they're to be used only if the family gets separated.

The AAA Auto Guide: Driving Survival and AAA's Travel Tips You Can Trust are two good sources of information on safety while traveling. Check with your local club to purchase these guides.