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Hurricane Season: Things to Remember When Traveling

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. Families are wrapping up their vacations while others are setting up their plans for business travel and conferences. As we head into the third month of hurricane season there aren’t any major storms on the map heading to Southwest Florida.

As Hurricane Irma approached Southwest Florida in the first week of September, at least 10 airports were forced to close and nearly 7,000 flights going in and out of Florida were canceled. Stranded travelers had to find alternate ways of getting to their next destination.

With that said, there are a few things to keep in mind if you plan to travel during peak hurricane season.

Purchase Travel Insurance . Shelling out a couple extra dollars for travel insurance can save you a world of headaches and frustration. Travel insurance plans can range between 4% to 10% of your non-refundable ticket. If you get sick, miss your flight or experience “unforeseen” circumstances, travel insurance is set up to cover trip-related expenses that are usually not reimbursed by airlines, hotels, cruises, etc.

“[If you] lose your luggage you’re going to to get $150 upfront to buy the things you need to get you through until the airline can see what’s going on with your luggage,” explained Linda Criswell, who is a travel consultant at Papillon Travel.

Photocopy Documents. Whenever you’re traveling, it’s always a good idea to have a copy of your drivers license, passport, prescriptions for your medication. Etc.

Withdrawl Cash . In the event, you need to get on the road to make your way to your designated evacuation route, make sure to have a few dollars in cash on hand before the storm. ATMs might be down because it ran out of money, or there’s no electricity.

Additional reporting by Tianna Jenkins