Holiday Shopping and Travel Tips


Prepping for the Holidays can be hectic! With all the shopping, decorating, baking, parties and travels – OH MY! It can be quite overwhelming. Here are some tips to help make your holiday less stressful, productive and safe.

Shop Safely Around Town
• Shop during the day, or at night with a friend.
• Keep packages in trunk of car - out of sight!
• Recognize when you are rushed, distracted and stressed out, and stay alert to what is going on around you.
• Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
• Consider carrying a security travel pouch instead of a purse or wallets, which are prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, bus stops, and at public transit systems.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
• If a credit card is missing, notify the credit card company immediately. Don't assume that you misplaced it and will find it later.
• Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion if you are approached.
• Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, con-artists may try various methods of distracting you, including working in teams, with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

On-line Shopping Safety
• Shop at familiar well-known sites
• Secure site with HTTPS —instead of just HTTP. An icon of a locked padlock will appear, typically to the left of the URL in the address bar or at the status bar down below.
• Don’t overshare! No online shopping e-tailer needs your Social Security number or your birthday to do business.
• Track packages online and confirm delivery. You can sign up for email notifications to track your packages from initial shipment to its destination.

More info at the National Safety CouncilPC Magazine; and The Hearty Soul

• Traveling by car for the holidays? Remember to pack an emergency supply kit 
• Traveling by Air? Check out TSA’s Checklist -
• Keep track of hazardous road conditions, in West Virginia, go to
• Are you taking your pets with you for the holidays? Add a few emergency items for your pets, like water and food

More info at:; AAA;  and the National Safety Council

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