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Travel tips for spring break trips

Brush up on your travel smarts before your next getaway.

Pack up the car, print out the boarding tickets and stash easy-does-it clothes in your suitcase: It's spring break travel time. But before you lock up and wave goodbye to your home for a week (or even a weekend), brush up on your spring break travel safety prep.

Don't broadcast your plans on social media

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in 2019, burglaries accounted for 16.1% of the estimated number of property crimes. If potential thieves have access to your spring break travel plans, they may target your home or your car when you're gone. Forgo the social media posting until after you return. Be sure to take precautions to reduce the chance of break-ins. Consider setting your lights on timers and asking a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail. Arrange for someone to check on your house while you're gone.

Notify card companies before you leave

Make a quick call to both your bank and your credit card companies to alert them of your travel plans, particularly if you're going out of the country. This helps ensure that neither puts a hold on your account because of perceived suspicious activity. You'll also be able to check on potential fees for charges and withdrawals. You may even be able to notify your bank of your travel plans through its mobile app.

Know your rental car insurance coverage details

Contact your auto insurance agent to verify coverage based on your existing policy and your destination. If you're traveling in the United States, you may not need additional coverage — and if you charge the rental, your credit card may offer rental car insurance. However, many domestic vehicle insurance policies do not cover cars rented abroad, so you may need additional in-country coverage.

Have your insurance information handy

Health insurance is similar to rental car insurance. If you're traveling domestically, you're probably covered, but a call to your agent is a good way to double check what's covered and what's not. The latter is especially the case if you're headed out of the country, where you may need a secondary health policy. In addition to carrying your health insurance card, download the State Farm® mobile app so your insurance info is always at the ready.

Check the news for your destination

If you've booked your trip with a travel agent, ask for any insider updates on health alerts, weather forecasts or local events that may impact your plans. If you've booked the trip yourself, find the local newspaper online for information. And if you're going out of the country, always check the U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings website and plan accordingly.

Get your car road trip ready

Visiting the next town over or the next state? Then your timely oil and fluid changes probably cover you. But for longer road trips, arrange for a once-over by your mechanic to check tire pressure and wear, brakes, fluid levels and conditions and wiper blades. Stock your car with a car charger and portable jump-starter, as well as emergency supplies. And make playlists or check out e-books from the library so you have what you need to help pass the miles before you ever pull out of the driveway. If you are traveling with young children, make sure to check that the car seats are installed properly.

Scheduling or planning your route and stops

Plan ahead and know the route for safe rest stops on the way. There are useful route planner tools, smartphone apps and websites such as Some applications and tools allow you to collaborate with others, find places to stop along your route, such as parks, attractions, gas stations, hotels and more.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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