Rules of the Road: Travel Safety Tips

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

Whether you’re staying in-state or headed abroad for your summer vacation, here are some travel safety tips that will help make your trip smooth-sailing.

During the summer, Colorful Colorado becomes a destination spot for many people. And if you're lucky enough to live here, it's a great way to make your vacation last all summer long.

But there are some safety tips to follow if you head out into the mountains or valleys of the nearby areas.

If you're going to the Slot Canyons, for example, "Do not go there if it's raining." That’s advice from Cindy Stanfield, owner of The Travel Connection, a local travel store and scuba dive shop.

Stanfield recommends checking the weather before you go. And be prepared for cool evenings if you're camping – bringing a heavy sleeping bag and blankets.

Or if a weekend on the Front Range is in store, don't get cocky heading over those mountains.

"You may be wearing flip flops, shorts and tank tops, but it could really turn cold all of the sudden, so just be prepared for that," says Stanfield.

If you are leaving the area, there are some things to keep in mind when traveling abroad. Here are some tips from

Don't get on a bus or subway with all your luggage. Take a cab from the airport to your hotel.

Leave your expensive jewelry at home

Don't carry your social security card or extra credit cards with you

Don't get in a car with a stranger.

And if you wear glasses or contacts? Bring an extra pair so you can find your way back home.

And for the more adventurous among you, sports might be part of your vacation. If that's the case, make sure you know what you're getting into.

"Any sport that you're going to be doing, know what you're doing,” says Stanfield. “Be aware of what you need to know."

And when it comes to planning your trip, make sure you do your research.

Booking travel on your own online can be great for discounts, but Stanfield says internet buyers beware

"If you come across a deal that sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

Advice that could apply to more than just one aspect of your vacation.

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