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A Peace-of-Mind Travel Checklist for Your Next Trip

Traveling can be stressful enough. Don’t let the vacation prep work take the excitement out of your trip completely. A couple of weeks before your trip, run through this quick travel checklist. It’ll leave you feeling secure, at ease, and sipping a piña colada poolside faster than we can wish you bon voyage!

Road Tripping

  • Schedule a checkup: Before you hit the road, you’ll want to give your vehicle a thorough inspection to ensure it’s working as intended. Checkpoints to take seriously include your tires, brakes and fluids.
  • Ensure the rental car’s insured: Ask your Farm Bureau agent to confirm the details of your auto insurance coverage for rental cars, including who in your family is able to drive rental cars under your policy.
  • Plan ahead for backup: If you find yourself stranded on the road, our 24/7 Emergency Roadside Assistance dispatch service will send help quickly even if you’re across the country — thanks to our reliable network of road-service pros.

Up and Away

  • Carry liquids correctly: If flying with only a carry-on, remember the Transportation Security Administration’s 3-1-1 liquids rule. That’s 3.4 ounces or less per container in one quart-sized clear plastic zip top bag, and only one such bag per passenger (acceptable liquids include aerosols, gels, creams and pastes). You don’t want to get stuck having to throw away all your toiletries at security and restock at your destination.
  • Double-check your health insurance coverage: If you’re not sure whether your health insurance coverage is valid when you’re abroad or out of state, contact your agent. We’ll fill you in on how you’d be covered should an accident or health issue arise.
  • Know your documents’ dates: Check your family’s passports and other travel documents to make sure they’re not expired.
  • Give a financial heads-up: Alert your bank and credit card companies you’ll be traveling, especially if abroad, to avoid holds on your accounts for suspicion of fraudulent activity.

Housekeeping

  • Fool potential burglars: Home security strategies should be top priority before you travel. A smart place to start is by setting timers on your lights and televisions in order to create an illusion that someone’s home.
  • Check your home coverage: Revisit your homeowners or renters insurance policy to make sure that should damage occur while you’re away, your coverage is up to date.
  • Phone a friend: Share your travel plans with a neighbor you trust. Ask the person to keep an eye on your home and alert you if anything seems out of the ordinary.
  • Lock up valuables: It’s in your best interest to leave valuable jewelry or other expensive items at home. If you do, place them in a hidden safe.
  • Hold the mail: Request that the U.S. Postal Service hold your mail until you’re back in town. 

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