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Travel Preparation Checklist: Tips for Road & Air Travel

Travel Checklist

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 preparation checklist. It’ll leave you feeling secure, at ease and sipping a piña colada poolside faster than you can say bon voyage!

Things to Do Before Traveling by Car

Schedule a Checkup

Before driving to your vacation destination, you’ll want to prepare your car for a long road trip by giving it a thorough inspection. Checkpoints to take seriously include your tires, brakes and fluids.

Ensure the Rental Car Is 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

Make sure your road trip packing list includes a roadside emergency kit. Better yet, Farm Bureau’s 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.

Travel Preparation Checklist for Flying

Check Document Dates

Passports are the No. 1 items your family will need to travel abroad. Check your family’s passports and other travel documents to make sure they’re not expired.

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.

Give a Financial Heads-Up

Another important thing to do before going on a trip is to 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.

Before You Leave Your House

Fool Potential Burglars

Setting up home security strategies is one of the most important things to do before going on a trip. A smart place to start is by setting timers on your lights and televisions in order to create an illusion that someone’s home and asking your neighbors to keep an eye on your home while you are away.

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.

Hold the Mail

Request that the U.S. Postal Service hold your mail until you’re back in town. Protecting yourself from identity theft will add peace of mind to your vacation. 

Protect Your Home

Be prepared for unforeseen circumstances that might happen while you are away from home. Contact a Farm Bureau agent to see how homeowners insurance adds peace of mind while you are on vacation.