Memorial Day weekend travel, safety tips for Kentuckians

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Memorial Day weekend coupled with great weather means boating, swimming, and traveling for many Kentuckians. Here are some tips to stay safe and reduce pocketbook stress for your holiday weekend.

Car travel

With nearly 40,000,000 people expected to travel, AAA said morning travel is usually best. With bad drive times typically being from noon to 7 p.m.

Drivers looking to save on rising gas prices might benefit from slowing down between five and 10 mph, with 60 mph being the “sweet spot.”

Those looking to fill up their tanks should take a second to shop around and use tools like GasBuddy to compare prices.


If you are flying, those Monday tickets tend to be the cheapest. You might want to avoid the TSA screening checks before 7 a.m. or between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., as those are the busiest times and you might have your longest wait.

Water safety

Kentucky’s lakes and rivers are expected to be packed with pontoons and speed boats this Memorial weekend, but officials said it’s worth stopping to think about the dangers before you pull up the boat’s anchor.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more and more Kentuckians have bought boats, many with no boating experience.

Last year, fish and wildlife reported 17 boating-related deaths in Kentucky’s waters. Officers said it’s the decisions you make before you start your engine that will make a difference this season.

“We just want people to think about what they are doing. be aware of their surroundings. be safe. we want people to enjoy it and have a good weekend. but we want them to come home and move on with the rest of the summer,” said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officer Mike Pritchard.

Officers also said everyone on board a boat must have a life jacket and every boat should have a throwable float in case someone falls overboard.

In case you need help, every boat should have a whistle or horn to get someone’s attention and officials remind boaters to check their fire extinguishers because they often explode in the winter.

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Healthcare Officials Offer Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

(KNSI) – Officials are reminding people to have a safe Memorial Day weekend as travel numbers are expected to be back at pre-pandemic levels.

CentraCare Health’s Doctor George Morris says the unofficial kickoff to summer is usually when the first water-related injuries show up at the hospital.

“Be careful in or around the water. Don’t dive into shallow areas. This is a case where we’ve really seen huge losses, just traumatic injuries for that one. Be sure you have your life jacket on.”

He also says to avoid mixing alcohol or other drugs when on the water or driving.

“Be careful about drinking alcohol or other drugs around the water. That’s a key thing. Please don’t use it when operating vehicles, whether those are ATVs, motor vehicles, or motorcycles. Think about being safer on water and being safer around vehicles.”

Dr. Morris, a veteran, asks people to take time to enjoy the long weekend.

“I would like everyone to really take this time to enjoy your family, your friends. And then for Memorial Day, think about the sacrifices. Over a million service members that have died in active duty.”

On Thursday, CentraCare Health held a special flag-raising ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives defending America.


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Memorial Day weekend safety tips for Tennessee boaters


Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial kickoff to the summer boating season by many and it’s already been a deadly start in Tennessee.

Ten fatalities have occurred on Tennessee waterways, which is two more than at the same point in 2021.

There were two fatalities last weekend — one on Kentucky Lake and another on Nickajack Lake.

The average yearly number of fatalities on Tennessee waterways from 2016-20 was 20.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is participating in the 2022 National Safe Boating Week, promotes safe activity on waterways along with the wearing of life jackets.

“We want to continue to stress that the single most important action one can take to prevent drowning while boating is to wear a life jacket,” said TWRA Boating Education Coordinator Betsy Woods. “We encourage our boaters to enjoy their time on the water in a safe and responsible matter.” 

KENTUCKY LAKE FATALITY: 60-year-old Tennessee man found dead after fishing on Kentucky Lake

NICKAJACK FATALITY: 24-year-old man found dead in Nickajack Lake by Tennessee wildlife officers

UNIQUE TROUT: Rainbow trout with unique features caught in Spring Creek in Tennessee

Here are some TWRA recommended safety tips:

Take a safety course

Individuals can gain valuable knowledge and on-water experience in a boating safety course with many options for novice to experienced boaters.

For information about TWRA boating safety courses visit

Equipment check

Schedule a free vessel safety check with local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons to make sure all essential equipment is present, working and in good condition.

Float plan

Make a float plan by always let someone on shore know the trip itinerary, including operator and passenger information, boat type and registration, and communication equipment on board.

Life jackets

 Make sure everyone aboard wears a life jacket with no exceptions. A stowed life jacket is no use in an emergency.

Cut the engine

Use an engine cut-off device. An engine cut-off device, or engine cut-off switch, is a proven safety device to stop the boat’s engine should the operator unexpectedly fall overboard.

Weather report

Monitor the weather. Always check the forecast before departing on the water and frequently during the excursion.


Know what is going on around you at all times. Nearly a quarter of all reported boating accidents in 2021 were caused by operator inattention or improper lookout.

Speed limits

Know where you’re going and travel at safe speeds. Be familiar with the area, local boating speed zones and always travel at a safe speed.

Boating under the influence

Never boat under the influence. A BUI is involved in one-third of all recreational boating fatalities. Always designate a sober skipper.

Stay in touch

Keep in touch by having more than one communication device that works when wet. VHF radios, emergency locator beacons, satellite phones, and cell phones can all be important devices in an emergency.

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Travel tips for Memorial Day weekend: What to expect from traffic to gas prices and safety advice

Memorial Day weekend is a popular time for travel, whether it be an early summer vacation or simply a chance to visit with family.

Before you join the many who are planning on traveling this weekend, here’s a rundown of some of the things you can expect on the road, or in the air, this year.

In short: it will be more crowded and more expensive. So it might help to have some plans in place!

Higher numbers of travelers

Pent-up demand for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic means that people are definitely going to be out in force this year. The number of travelers will be high, particularly in comparison to the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, but also in comparison to pre-pandemic trends.

“For this year, AAA is predicting about a 39.2 million people to travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Doni Spiegel, public relations manager for AAA Central Penn. “That is up 8.3 percent over last year, and almost in line with pre-pandemic numbers.”

According to a press release from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, an estimated 2.2 million drivers will be using the Turnpike over the Memorial Day weekend – an increase of nearly 300,000 from last year. It’s also an increase of three percent compared to 2019′s pre-pandemic numbers.

And those increases aren’t just found on the roads. Flying is also seeing a boom, with estimates close to, or above, pre-pandemic numbers.

“Air travel volume, which began to rally last Thanksgiving, will hit levels just shy of 2019, with 3 million people expected to take to the skies this Memorial Day weekend,” Spiegel said. “And is it due to surpass 2019 levels, with 7.7 percent of travelers choosing air travel as their preferred mode, when in 2019 it was 7.5 percent of people that flew.”

There are 107 departing flights scheduled from Harrisburg International Airport this weekend, according to HIA spokesperson Scott Miller. That’s up from last year’s 94 flights over the same time.

“The other piece of this puzzle is, how full will these airplanes be?” Miller said. “So far this year, we have averaged 88 percent full. Last year in May, it was 80 percent or 81 [percent].”

Miller said that the airport expects 7,900 departing passengers to pass through HIA this year, a 30 percent increase from last year’s 5,700.

“The reason for that is, last year at this time, we were still coming off [COVID-19] restrictions,” he said. “Not everything was open. Now, nationwide, things are open, there are fewer mask mandates, fewer restrictions. Travel is definitely coming back. This will put us at about 90 percent of where we were back in 2019.”

Gas prices going up

And all of those increases will be despite the record-high prices of fuel.

This interactive map tool from AAA can display the average of gas prices for each state in the nation. As of the writing of this story, Pennsylvania’s average price is $4.77 per gallon – higher than the national average of $4.59. And demand is only going to make prices go up.

“Tighter supply and increased demand have pushed pump prices higher,” said AAA in a previous story on PennLive. “This supply/demand dynamic, combined with volatile crude prices, will likely continue to keep upward pressure on pump prices.”

Those same fuel costs affect airline prices, Miller said, but more slowly.

“It doesn’t happen right away, but it does happen,” he said. “It’s unlike the gas station, where we see prices jump from $4.50 to $4.75 overnight. It’s harder to raise air fares that way, because air fares are all based on demand.”

And the closer you get to the day of departure, Miller said, the more those prices are going to rise.

“Flights, car rentals, accommodations, tours, cruises and other activities are in high demand right now, and availability will fill up,” Spiegel said.

Safety precautions

With the increases in numbers of drivers and vehicles on the road, it’s logical to assume that some of the dangers in driving would increase as well.

Ironically, PennDOT statistics from 2020 and 2021 reveal that, even when fewer cars were on the roads, there were more vehicle-related deaths during the pandemic than in the year preceding it.

“There were actually fewer crashes,” said Jennifer Kuntch, spokesperson for PennDOT. “But there were more fatalities. It’s hard to say why exactly that was happening. We can point to the data. We can tell you that there were more unbelted fatalities, we can tell you there were more impaired fatalities or more distracted driving fatalities. There were definitely more aggressive driving fatalities – and aggressive driving includes speeding, or careless lane changes, and things like that.”

In response, several agencies, including PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Pennsylvania State Police, have issued reminders about the obligation that drivers have to keep both themselves and others safe.

“We just want everyone to kind of take take stock of the safety behind the wheel,” Kuntch said. “You know, it’s all of our responsibility.”

Mark Compton, Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO, cautioned drivers to be prepared for that additional traffic by paying even closer attention to driving safely.

“A moment’s distraction can have devastating consequences,” Compton said in a press release. “Put your phone down, watch your speed and pay attention to what is happening on the roadway.”

The same press release quoted Corporal Matthew Johnston of the Pennsylvania State Police, who said, “with Memorial Day weekend upon us and a surge in holiday traffic anticipated, we echo the reminder to motorists of the importance of safe driving habits.”

State police barracks such as Troop L in Berks, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties, have issued statements announcing their intent to crack down on impaired, distracted or aggressive driving this weekend, as well as on seatbelt usage and speeding.

Planning is everything

This advice might come a bit late for those who haven’t set their travel plans in stone already. But for both flying and driving, the sooner you start planning a trip, the better.

“If I’m looking to buy an airline ticket, there’s always fluctuation,” Miller said. “It’s like a stock price. Stock prices go up and down all the time. So do airfares. So if you find a fare you think is fair and reasonable, book it. It’s going to go up the closer you get [to the date of departure].”

Miller advises that, if you’re flying, you’ll want to arrive early. And the earlier your flight departs, the more time you want to give yourself. In addition to increased numbers of travelers, like many other industries, airports are having a harder time hiring staff members. And that can mean even more delays going through TSA inspections.

“If you’re flying before 7 a.m., be here two hours early,” Miller said. “The days of showing up 45 minutes or an hour before your departure, like you could do doing the pandemic, and breezing through security? Those days are over, especially if you’re traveling you know before 7 a.m.”

The further out you can buy tickets, the better, he said, with the ideal window being between 30 and 45 days before your flight to lock in the best price. But if you’re going last minute, you can at least try to pick the best days to fly.

“We found that the average lowest airfare is 6 percent more than it was last year,” Spiegel said, “with Saturday being the most expensive day to fly, and Monday being the least expensive day.”

For driving, planning is also helpful. Spiegel said that driving with windows down is cheaper than using air conditioning, despite the debates to the contrary about wind resistance. It also helps to double-check your plans for accommodations in advance, to ensure you’re not scrambling when you arrive at your destination. And planning a route in advance can also save both time and money.

For those hoping to plan a driving route, Kuntch recommended PennDOT’s new website. Among its features are maps from previous years, which show when and where traffic tended to pile up.

And it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on the weather, either. It’s no fun driving into a thunderstorm, but flying into a thunderstorm isn’t even an option.

“A bad thunderstorm in Chicago or Dallas or Atlanta can really screw up the national airline system,” Miller said. “So come prepared for a delay if you have if you have a connecting flight.”

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ALEA Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Traveling

As we approach Memorial Day Weekend, you may be planning on going out on the water or traveling somewhere, but law enforcement reminds you safety needs to come first.

Alabama State Troops are stressing travel safety for this weekend and gave some tips on what ‘not’ to do while operating a vehicle.

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Driving a boat is still just as dangerous as driving a car, especially if you are under the influence. Drinking alcohol and driving a boat is extremely dangerous, not just for the driver but also for the passengers. The rising heat also speeds up alcohol in the body and you will feel more drunk after only having a few drinks.

“Drinking or operating a vehicle impaired just doesn’t work,” stated ALEA’s Sgt. Jeremy Burkett. “We’re going to have zero tolerance for that. If we see you out there on the waterway operating a vessel impaired we’re going to pull you over, we’re going do the field sobriety test, and you’re going to jail.”

The holiday weekend also means even more people on the water and roadways, so Alabama State Troopers want drivers to be mindful of each other and to give each other a lot of space while traveling. Especially for vehicles that are towing since they will not have a completely clear view of what is behind them.

Watch your speed and be cautious of other drivers speeding or driving erratically.

“Once you get out here, don’t be in a hurry to get nowhere,” stated ALEA’s Senior Trooper Jonathan Walker. “Take your time; slow down a little bit. You’re not going be late for work because nobody works on the water out here so just enjoy the weather, enjoy the day, enjoy the water, and just take your time.”

State Troopers want everyone on the water to wear a life jacket, even if you do not plan to get in the water. This will insure your safety in case of falling off the boat. Wear a seat belt while in a car. You are more likely to survive a car crash with a seat belt than without it.

To insure a fun filled weekend, remember: don’t drink and drive, be mindful of other drivers, and be cautious.

State Troopers will be out all weekend long on the water and the roads to make sure everybody stays safe during the holiday weekend.

To learn more about driving and boating safety, visit ALEA’s website to learn more about the 101 days of safety.

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Summer safety tips from Mercy Health

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Mercy Health provides helpful tips to keep yourself and loved ones safe while enjoying the summertime.

Some favorite summer pastimes can not only be enjoyable but potentially cause serious harm.

“A terrible accident can put a stop to summer fun, but you can help prevent them by making safe decisions. Exercise caution when engaging in summer activities such as biking, camping, and swimming. Don’t forget your everyday safety habits either. Wear your seat belt – every trip, every time. Car crashes are more frequent during summer months, long weekends, and holidays. Summer safety measures help ensure more seasons of fun to come,” Hannah Koralewski, Trauma and Burn Education Coordinator at Mercy Health, St. Vincent Medical Center said.

Swimming Safety:

  • Always have a child ask permission before entering a body of water.
  • Monitor children swimming is there is no lifeguard on duty.
  • Don’t swim alone.
  • Enroll in swim classes to learn water safety and proper technique, if needed.
  • Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear a like jacket that is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Helmet Safety:

  • While riding a scooter or bike, wear helmet to protect your head from serious injury.
  • Make sure helmet fits so it can function correctly, it won’t be effective if it is too big or small, this goes for adults and children.

Campfire Safety:

  • Never play with matches, lighters or other flammable liquids.
  • Keep a bucket of water or shovel nearby to distinguish fire.
  • Only place wood in fire, never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to ignite flame.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • An adult should always supervise the fire.
  • Make sure everyone is standing at a safe distance away from the campfire.

Firework Safety:

  • If not handled with caution, fireworks can cause eye injuries and burns.
  • Never tamper or try to relight a firework.
  • Don’t light your own fireworks, leave it to the professionals.
  • Watch firework display from a safe distance
  • Substitute fireworks or sparklers for glow sticks for children.

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Road Trip: Summer Driving Checklist and Safety Tips

Road trip safety tips

If you take a road trip this summer, you will not be alone. It’s the best way to combat cabin fever, and driving these days ranks higher in popularity than flying.

According to AAA, an estimated 34.9 million people will hit America’s roads for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That’s a 4.6% increase over 2021.

In another AAA study about summer travel in general, 97% of vacationers plan to drive, up from 87% in the pre-pandemic years. On the flip side, AAA said only 52% of the population feels ready to travel this year.

Therefore, if you choose to vacation, you can expect fewer people in some significant destinations than before the pandemic hit in 2020.

Still, before you pack your bags, some vehicle preparation is in order. Check out our tips for a safe and enjoyable road trip.

Road Trip Checklist for Your Vehicle

Before setting out, you’ll want to prepare the vehicle for the distance ahead. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that drivers take these steps in the days leading up to a road trip:

1. Inspect and Maintain Your Vehicle

Routine maintenance is a must, and keeping up with your car’s maintenance schedule can help prevent costly breakdowns. Perform a basic safety check of your vehicle’s tire pressure, wiper blades, fluid levels, lights, and air conditioning. You shouldn’t defer regularly scheduled services such as tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotations.

If you find anything is amiss, check our vehicle maintenance pricing and service schedules page to see if your car is due and what it may cost. It’s worth running it by a dealership or auto repair shop when you’re unsure whether any service is overdue.

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2. Make Child Safety Your Top Concern

Roadtrip safety and travel checklist

All children under 13 years old should ride in the back seat. And be aware of the added risks that arise in warm weather. Heatstroke can occur when a child gets left unattended in a parked vehicle.

To understand more about child seat safety, take some time to review the importance of car seat safety.

3. Stock Your Vehicle With a Safety Kit

NHTSA recommends that drivers carry:

  • Cell phone, charger, and extra portable battery
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Flares and a white flag
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Jack (and ground mat) for changing a tire
  • Work gloves and a change of clothes
  • Essential repair tools and some duct tape (for temporarily repairing a hose leak)
  • Water and paper towels for cleaning up
  • Nonperishable food, drinking water, and medicines
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Navigation options (Phone or car navigation systems or printed maps)
  • Emergency blankets, towels, and coats

4. Be Prepared for Road Trip Contingency Plans

Plan your travel and route, and check road conditions, weather, and traffic to know what you can expect. But also be prepared for any contingency. Remember, a cell phone is the most critical emergency item since it allows you to call for help when and where you need it.

5. Check for Recalls

Use Kelley Blue Book’s VIN recall check tool to ensure your vehicle is ready to go. If you find a recall, get it fixed as soon as possible.

Millions of Americans are driving cars that may have safety recalls. Dealerships will always perform recall repairs for free. But their service bays can get swamped ahead of a heavy travel season, so check as early as possible to see if your car needs any free repairs.

6. Know Your Car

You’re probably set on this checklist item if you’re driving your own car. If renting a vehicle, pick it up a few hours before the road trip to familiarize yourself with it. Get familiar with the different types of driver assists and safety features you can use.

On-the-Road Trip Safety Tips

Once you’re on the road, car safety is about paying attention to your surroundings and keeping yourself alert. To that end, don’t neglect these necessary safety precautions:

Drive at Non-Peak Times

Late afternoon and early evening can be the worst times on the road. Avoid peak traffic times for a long weekend by leaving early Friday or Saturday morning to be well on your way when the travel rush kicks in. For the trip home, leave early Monday, or give yourself an extra day and travel on Tuesday. That way, everyone else is out of the way.

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Limit Nighttime Driving

A National Sleep Foundation poll says 60% of adults drive cars when tired. It also found that 37%, or 103 million people, fell asleep at the wheel. Of those, 4% of adults caused a crash by falling asleep while driving.

If you feel fatigue coming on, stop and rest or switch drivers before putting yourself or other passengers at risk. But really, limit driving at night when it’s harder to see.

Let a Passenger Handle Traffic Apps and Entertainment

Young Woman With Smartphone In The Back SeatWe’re big fans of Waze and Google Maps. These navigation tools can route any driver around traffic, provide updates on travel time, and even alert you by warning of road hazards. But, for safety’s sake, remember to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Instead of multi-tasking, put a passenger in charge of the navigation and the music or podcast selection.

Take Frequent Breaks

Occasionally getting out of the car is good for everyone, especially the driver. The best way to avoid feeling tired behind the wheel is to give yourself a regular change of scenery. And there’s no better way to do that than pulling over every few hours and stretching your legs.

Share the Driving

If your road trip involves multiple qualified drivers, let everyone take a turn handling the stress of driving and relaxing in the passenger’s seat. It’s good for everyone’s nerves and sets the right tone for the weekend.

Share the Road

Remember that traffic could be heavier than you’d expect, especially near attractions or vacation destinations. Good weather attracts many roadway users, including motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. While they share the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as every motorist, they are more vulnerable. Their most significant disadvantage is that they do not have the protection that a car or truck provides. Leave more distance between you and a motorcycle — about 3 or 4 seconds worth.

Motorcycles are much lighter than other vehicles and can stop at shorter distances. Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This courtesy allows other road users to anticipate your movement and find a safe lane position.

Buckle Up

Do we need to say this? According to the American Medical Association Journal, accidents remain one of the top leading causes of death for Americans. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the total number of miles Americans drove plummeted, traffic deaths increased. Give yourself and your loved ones a fighting chance and obey this critical safety law.

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Pack Some Masks

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, whether everyone in your car is vaccinated or not, you may need masks in some shops, restaurants, or attractions you visit. To make things easy, keep masks on hand for everyone traveling so all can take part in any road trip stops.

Hot Car Awareness

Being on vacation can interrupt your routine and distract you from checking the back seat when you exit the vehicle. It’s hard to believe, but, on average, heatstroke deaths claim 38 children in the United States each year. Pets are also in grave danger when left in a car, even for a short period with the windows cracked.

NHTSA reminds everyone to keep our tiny loved ones safe with these tips:

  • Lock your car when you aren’t using it to prevent small children from entering.
  • Never leave your child alone in a car, even if you think you’ll only be away for a moment.
  • Always “look before you lock” so no child or animal remains in the back seat.

Many vehicles can alert you with a rear seat reminder. When drivers turn off the car, it alerts you to check for rear occupants. If you have an older car, aftermarket products also provide the same type of alert.

Gas Prices and Holiday Weekend PlanningRoad trip checklist - gas prices

As millions drive 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day weekend, you’ll want to prepare your stops along the way.

Last year, during Memorial Day weekend, travelers could fill up their tanks at $2.98 per gallon on average at stations across the U.S. As of this writing, gas prices reached a whopping $4.60 per gallon on average. Prices may rise even higher by the time summer travelers hit the roads.

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With many families driving large SUVs, trucks, and RVs on vacation, the cost of long road trips can rise to the level of plane tickets.

Before you head out, check local station prices using your favorite gas app. Gas Buddy, for example, will help you locate stations with the cheapest gas prices along your route. If you drive an electric car, map out your route and locate charging stations ahead of time.

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Safety tips and must-haves for your teen’s first parent-free trip

With graduation approaching, your teenager might be heading off on their first vacation without parents. This is undeniably worrying for many parents, but with the right tools and information, you can trust your teen to stay safe. 

Preparation is key, so it’s important to learn and share safety tips and buy any must-have items for them to take on vacation. 

Safety tips for a teen’s first parent-free trip

Suggest traveling with a friend

If your teen is thinking about traveling solo, suggest they go with at least one friend, but ideally a small group. There’s safety in numbers. Young people are more likely to stay safe and have a good time if they travel with others. Of course, this doesn’t mean teens can never travel safely on their own, but it’s worth discussing.

Keep a copy of important documents

Someone at home should always keep a scanned copy of your teenager’s passport, ID and other important documents. These can include things like boarding passes and travel insurance papers. In the unfortunate event of the originals getting lost or stolen, the situation will be much easier to resolve if you have copies of these documents. 

Pay for roaming fees

Your teenager will be much safer on a trip abroad if they can freely call and use the internet on their phone. This means you’ll need to pay for roaming charges, but most cell providers offer deals that cover five to 10 days. If their phone doesn’t support overseas use, consider buying a cheap prepaid cell phone

Consider a preloaded credit card

Carrying around too much cash can be a risk. Instead, consider arranging a preloaded credit card for your teen. You can add a set amount of money to the card and should be able to add more remotely in an emergency. Many of these types of cards have no foreign transaction fees or only minimal fees. 

Don’t drink — but be careful if you do

In an ideal world, your teen won’t touch alcohol when they’re away on their trip, and you can advise them not to. However, it’s important to be realistic. They might choose to drink, especially when visiting countries where the legal drinking age is lower than in the U.S. 

It’s a good idea to talk about staying safe under the influence. Make sure they know not to swim if they’ve been drinking and to not drink so much they won’t be able to make it back to their accommodation safely. 

Talk about sexual health

While it’s an uncomfortable conversation to have, it’s important to talk about sexual health with teens going on vacation. It’s especially important with older teens who have just graduated high school or are in college. You can advise them to keep things platonic with anyone they meet on their trip, but this isn’t something you can enforce. Discuss the importance of safe sex so your teen can make informed decisions. 

While they shouldn’t have to think about this, we live in a flawed world. Make sure your child knows to avoid any potentially dangerous situations. For instance, make sure they know not to leave drinks unattended or walk alone at night. On a related note, talk to your teenager about respecting boundaries and the importance of enthusiastic consent. 

Insist on an itinerary 

You don’t need to know every stop your offspring will make from morning until night. However, you should at least have the addresses of the accommodation they’re staying in and the dates they’ll be there. This is particularly important if they’re heading to multiple locations on their trip.

Must-haves for a teen’s first parent-free trip

Herschel Oscar RFID Blocking Wallet

Herschel Oscar RFID Blocking Wallet

The radio-frequency identification blocking technology prevents people from skimming credit card information, which is a practice that’s widespread in some popular tourist destinations. Sold by Amazon

Borje Disposable Face Mask

Borje Disposable Face Mask

Depending on where your teen is traveling, there may still be mask mandates in place. Some airlines also still require masks to be worn during flights. These disposable masks come in a variety of colors and prints and are great for travel because no washing is required. Sold by Amazon

Shes Birdie Personal Safety Alarm

She’s Birdie Personal Safety Alarm

Setting off an extremely loud siren and a flashing strobe light when activated, this personal safety alarm could be a lifesaver in an emergency situation. Sold by Amazon

Protect Life Store First Aid Kit

Protect Life Store First-Aid Kit

This compact first-aid kit is a great choice for travel, especially on hikes or at beaches where it may be hard to access first-aid supplies. Sold by Amazon

Supergoop! Sunnyscreen SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen

Supergoop! Sunnyscreen SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen

Nothing ruins a vacation like getting a terrible sunburn on the first day and spending the rest of the trip sore and itchy. This effective mineral sunscreen will keep your teen’s skin protected. Sold by Amazon and Supergoop

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12 Summer Safety Tips for home and travel from Roseville Police Department

Summer Safety Tips

Planning Your Safe Summer

Roseville, Calif.- Summertime fun is quickly approaching. The school year is wrapping up, and vacation plans are well underway. Make sure your plans also include how you will secure your home and belongings while you enjoy that much deserved time away.

Whether you are gone for one night, or a few weeks, here are some suggestions to secure your home and protect yourself while you’re on vacation.

7 Home Safety Tips

  1. Ask a trusted friend, or family member, to regularly check on your home.
  2. Make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked. If possible, try adding a dowel or security bar as an added safety measure.
  3. If you get regular deliveries try to put them on hold, or have someone retrieve them, while you are gone. Check out the website for information about putting your mail on hold.
  4. Install motion-sensor video doorbell or security cameras that can send you alerts or text messages.
  5. Set a timer on a light inside your home to give the impression someone is inside.
  6. Avoid discussing future vacation plans on social media. This can give would-be thieves too much information. And, try not to post vacation photos or details until you return.
  7. Set up a Vacation House Check through the Roseville Police Department website. This program is a free service offered by your Police Department. The checks are performed by volunteers and is supplemental to your own safety and security efforts but can help deter possible thefts or damage to your property.

Away from home safety tips

  1. Share your travel plans with a trusted friend or family members, including hotel and flight information in case of an emergency.
  2. Double lock your hotel door by using the extra bolt or safety latch.
  3. Be friendly when you are out sightseeing; but remember not to give your personal information, your hotel room number, or travel plans to strangers.
  4. Keep your valuables close to you or securely locked in a hotel safe. Purses should be zipped up and worn close to the body. Try not to put loose dollars, credit cards, or your ID in your back pocket, those can easily be pick-pocketed. Use your front pockets if necessary.
  5. Do not hang the bags on the back of your chair. When dining out, bags, purses, or backpacks are most safe on your lap or on the floor between your legs.

Many of these safety tips are common sense simple steps that can be followed year-round. If you see suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, contact Roseville Police Department or file an online crime report. Safe travels, and we hope you enjoy a crime free vacation.


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Travel safety tips for solo female travellers

More women than ever are choosing to holiday alone “solo travel” style as they want to explore the world without a pal or partner.

In fact, searches for “solo female travel” have seen a 495% uplift in the last month, according to Wizz Air.

But, the main concern many women feel about travelling alone is safety and making sure that they’re not in danger when out and about in far flung cities.

A whopping 50% of women reported feeling concerned about being safe when traveling solo.

Now, travel experts at Wizz Air have shared their tips for staying safe which exploring the world alone.

Check them out below…

Be aware your destinations and choose wisely
Be aware your destinations and choose wisely

Pre-trip research

Ensure you do your research before heading out on your first solo trip. Read the reviews of hotels or B&Bs you are considering, to ensure the location is safe and near amenities such as public transport.

If you are travelling on a budget, it can be easy to ignore reviews in favour of saving money, however you must ensure there are plenty of reviews available, as this will give you a better understanding of where you will be staying.

If you are a social person, then staying in a shared room in a hostel is a great way to make new friends while still maintaining your solo traveller independence. Many hostels offer female only dorms, offered for the solo traveller and girl group in mind, so it is advisable to seek out places that offer this.

Keep valuables locked up

Nothing dampens a holiday more than having your valuables stolen, so be vigilant and keep your goods safe. If you are staying in a hotel room, keep your valuables locked in the safe, usually provided, to give you peace of mind.

If you are staying in a shared room in a hostel then most will provide lockers, so ensure you travel with a lock and keep the key on you at all times.

Make sure you put your valuables in a safe
Make sure you put your valuables in a safe

Hotels are also not generally responsible for items in your room, so if you do have anything particularly valuable then it is advisable to leave them with the front desk.

A reputable hotel will give you a written receipt that you have left your goods with them, meaning if they do get lost then they will be liable for this.

Let loved ones know your plans

Give your friends, family and yourself some peace of mind and let them know a rough itinerary of your holiday before you go, so if they don’t hear from you then they will know where they should contact.

If you intend on going with the flow and don’t have a specific plan in place, then at least let loved ones know a rough idea and where you will be staying.

We are all guilty of not sending the necessary “I’m home” text, so avoid causing unnecessary stress and allow a trust family member to track your location.

There are numerous apps which allow loved ones to know your activity, offering them peace of mind that you are safe. If, in an emergency, they can’t locate you then they will be able to alert the necessary authorities.

Hide in plain sight

To avoid drawing attention to the fact you are a solo traveller, avoid dressing like a tell-tale tourist and, instead, dress as simply as you can.

In fact, you should take note of how locals are dressed to help you curate your outfits. If you notice locals covering certain parts of their body, for example, then you should do the same. Not only will this help you blend in, but it also means you don’t risk seeming disrespectful.

Carry a fake wallet to throw off thieves
Carry a fake wallet to throw off thieves

In order to blend in, you must also avoid having anything too valuable out and about.

A pickpocket will spot your fancy camera or your new smartphone and instantly see you as a target.

While travelling with a phone or a camera can be unavoidable, there are ways you can conceal these high value items. Avoid storing your camera in a dedicated camera bag and instead keep it in a simple and unobvious bag.

Give yourself a backup

Travelling solo means you have to be hyperaware of your surroundings but allow yourself a backup. In the event you become accosted by a robber while out and about, carry a dummy wallet on you to hand over and keep cash hidden on your person.

Flat money belts which are strapped underneath your clothes can store cash, cards and any valuables, or for a budget method you can get creative.

Use a tampon applicator as a makeshift wallet to keep cash hidden – it is exceptionally unlikely a robber will be looking to steal a tampon.

Buy a local SIM

As of 31st December 2020, the EU rules on roaming charges no longer apply in the UK, meaning the amount your phone operator can charge you to use your phone in EU countries is no longer capped, resulting in potentially exceptionally high bills.

As each mobile operator has a different cost for roaming charges, you must check before travelling to see how much using your phone on holiday could cost.

Being too concerned about using your phone, in case of high bill prices, means you are putting yourself in danger as you are unable to contact anyone if you feel unsafe. When you first arrive, consider investing in a local PAYG SIM card to use while abroad and make a note of loved one’s numbers and the emergency numbers of your destination.

If you intend on doing a lot of travelling this year, then you should consider upgrading your current phone tariff to allow data roaming, as this will save you more money down the line.

Make sure your family knows where you're staying
Make sure your family knows where you’re staying

Let your bank know

If your bank notices a seemingly random payment from a local bar in Spain then they may flag this as suspicious activity and freeze your card. In an increasingly cashless society, having your card and account frozen is possibly the worst thing that can happen while on the first day of your holiday, and can leave you in a vulnerable position.

With this in mind, make sure you bring enough cash to keep you going in case your card gets frozen, lost or stolen, and keep the cash hidden to avoid losing this too.

Let your bank know prior to going abroad to avoid any misunderstandings and having to call up your bank while on holiday. This can be done by calling them up or many banks allow you to set a holiday on your account online.

Make the most of your holiday

Solo travelling is one of the most gratifying things you can do, with 38% of women expected to take a solo trip in 2022.

While you must ensure you take the necessary steps to stay safe while abroad, you should also take steps to ensure you make the most of your holiday.

Book a tour

Booking a tour, whether it is a walking tour of the city or an excursion to a nearby hotspot, is one of the easiest and safest ways to explore a new destination.

Reputable operators will provide you with specific itineraries, meaning you can keep loved ones back home in the loop, and will usually be hosted by locals, offering you a true insight.

Booking tours or excursions as a solo traveller also allows you the opportunity to meet new people, potentially even other solo travellers. Shop around for the best deal available, to avoid paying more than necessary.

If you are on a budget, many places, especially popular cities, have free walking tours dotted along the city centre, giving tourists a local’s insight of the area. While they are free, it is sometimes expected to tip your guide so ensure you have a bit of cash on you before you set off.

Choose your destination with intent

The beauty of solo travelling if it is the perfect opportunity to be totally selfish! We have all had to compromise while on a group holiday and do something we perhaps wouldn’t have chosen to do ourselves but didn’t want to seem like a party pooper.

Think about what you look for in a holiday; do you enjoy long hikes or exploring a bustling city, or perhaps you just want to lay on a beach and finally read that book.

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