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Remember These Tips When Traveling During Hurricane Season

Labor Day weekend marks 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.

Yet there still may be cause to worry.

Last year in September, as Hurricane Irma approached Southwest Florida, at least 10 airports were forced to close. 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, complicating plans and adding significant stress to their lives. It was a good decision because hurricanes can bring massive flooding and powerful winds that can cause considerable damage on anything within its path.

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

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

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.

Hurricane season plane travel - Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash Chances are that ATMs will not work because it either ran out of money or there is not functional electricity to power the machine. It can take several days for the machine to work properly once again.

In many cases, flying can be preferable to traveling by automobile. However, every day, airports in the United States lose customer baggage, sending it to the wrong destination.

HelloSWFL recommends purchasing travel insurance. Shelling out a couple extra dollars for travel insurance can save a person a world of headaches and frustration.

Travel insurance plans can range between 4 percent to 10 percent 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,” Linda Criswell said, who is a travel consultant at Papillon Travel, “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.”

Additional reporting by Tianna Jenkins