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Your cruise tickets are purchased, and you’re looking forward to a relaxing vacation of destination-hopping and open-water boating. But, how do you help ensure that you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe during a cruise? Following these tips may help. 1. Plan Ahead Well before you leave, confirm you’re up to date on your routine vaccines,…
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For many animal lovers, it’s hard to imagine a family vacation without your four-legged friend. Preparation is extremely important — and is usually overlooked, says Jaclyn Rosenberg, marketing communications coordinator for the companion animals department at The Humane Society of the United States.  To help avoid this mistake, consider these eight tips to help ensure your air travel goes smoothly for…
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Heading out on the highway during the busy holiday season can be stressful, which makes proper preparation even more important. While preparing your vehicle and adjusting your speed can be helpful, Ken Shields, an Allstate agent in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, would like to focus on distracted driving. “Not long ago, I found myself in a…
Road Trip with the Kids
Winter holidays are nearly here! Whether you’re planning a short Thanksgiving outing, or a longer family road trip over the New Year weekend, now is the time to prep your car and make sure the entire family is ready for any journey. If you’ve ever driven more than a few hours straight with kids in…
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Last winter, my car really took a beating. Having just moved back to Chicago, I’d forgotten the total havoc months of ice, sleet and snow can wreak on metal and rubber. But the next blizzard won’t catch me off guard. I started winterizing my car with the tires, and found some helpful tips to improve the…
3 Ways to Transport Your Holiday Foods
We’ve all been tasked with the thankless job of securing a casserole dish overflowing with piping-hot buttery potatoes on our laps, over the forest and through the woods to grandmother’s house, all while speeding down the highway at 70 mph. And how about getting all those leftovers home after your holiday dinner? While Auntie May’s…
Pack Your Bags! 7 Tips to Hit the Road Safely This Holiday Season
You know the old saying: “Getting there is half the fun?” Whoever came up with that one never drove a beat-up clunker across the American Southwest in August. Or the Great Plains during a blinding blizzard, for that matter. If you’re hitting the road for the holidays, the “fun” part can wait. All you want…
5 Safe Driving Tips for Deer Season
Some people count the days until summer vacation. But every summer, I count the days until November—the start of buck hunting season. While my wife wishes I’d take up a safer hobby—croquet, maybe—my buddies and I know how to stay protected in the brush. We also keep our senses on high alert when we hit…