By Marli Naidoo
After another quarter’s hard work some families look forward to a bit of winter holiday. Time to rest, to forget about work and school stress, and to muster strength for the second half of the year. A holiday is a time for enjoying yourself and shrugging off all stress. It is therefore important to have a safe holiday and to try and avoid incidents that could cause unnecessary pressure.
Plan ahead. Take along only the necessary credit cards, and don’t walk around with a lot of cash. Plan your route, even if you have GPS. Choose the safest route and not the fastest one.
Make sure that you have cash ready for toll gates. The amounts vary, so make sure of the right amounts before you leave.
Stop only at resting places, at shops, or in towns along the route. It is not safe to stop in the middle of nowhere to have a picnic.
If you are the only driver, it could be safer to stay overnight somewhere if you have far to travel.
Do not walk around with designer bags. It will only attract thieves.
If you use a backpack, make sure that your wallet and cell phone are placed well out of reach in the bag. You could even carry them on your person instead of in the backpack.
Do not exhibit valuable items. Your watch, expensive camera, cell phone and gold jewellery should rather be kept out of sight.
Don’t walk around in dark alleys. Preferably stay among people if you go out at night and make sure that the places are brightly lit. And it is not a good idea to go for a walk on the beach alone at night.
Always lock your car, even if you are spending your holiday in a safe, small town.
Take a well-stocked first-aid kit along. Make sure that you know where the nearest hospital and doctor will be and keep the numbers at hand.
Make sure that your car insurance is in order.
Do not leave valuable items in you caravan or tent. It is better to lock them in the boot of your car.
Make sure that you can lock your holiday home or room securely whether you’re inside or outside.
If you are staying in a hotel, it would be best to have your valuable articles locked in the safe.
By taking small precautions and doing good advance planning, you can eliminate stress and enjoy a carefree well-deserved holiday.
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