Do you prefer to travel in the winter or summer? Summer is often when people are thinking about travel, but many people leave colder temperatures for warmer climates. These trips can often extend for several weeks or months. Travel tips might not be top of mind during the winter, but there are some things you should keep in mind before you go away.
Many winter travelers seeking warmer weather are packing for longer than just a week or two. Sometimes these trips can be like moving temporarily or migrating (hence the nickname “Snowbird”). These trips require some extra security precautions. Many travel security tips don’t work as effectively after many weeks.
While you’re planning your trip and packing, you can take some steps to help protect your home when you’re away from home.
- Don’t turn the heat off completely. It could be noticeable that no one’s home and you don’t want to make it easier for pipes to freeze.
- Set up a low temp sensor to make sure that temperatures don’t drop too low.
- Setting schedules and using your phone to control your thermostat allows you to make changes in the temp of your house remotely.
- Turning off the water and draining the water in your home is also an option if you are going to be away for an extended period of time.
- Don’t announce your trip on social media or talk about details in front of strangers.
- Unplug your garage door. Some burglars try to use universal remotes to break in via garage door.
- Have someone check in on your house and pick up the mail daily or find a house sitter.
- Give them their own code for your smart lock. You can see when they come and go and the code can be temporary.
- Call your security company to review and update your security emergency contacts.
- While you’re gone, if something happens to trigger your alarm you want to make sure that the people your security company contacts is correct.
- While you’re talking to your security company, you can mention that you’ll be away from home for an extended period and they can note your account.
- Set up online/ paperless billing when you can so you can manage bills from wherever you’re located.
- Pause services like garbage pickup and subscriptions to things like newspapers. If you can pay a service to plow your driveway and shovel any sidewalks when there is snow, this can be helpful.
- Store valuables in a fireproof, mounted safe or have someone you trust keep them safe.
- Test smoke detectors- just in case.
- Consider forwarding your mail or getting a person to pick it up for you regularly.