Turkey and Travel Tips!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us! Many of us travel during this time of year. Besides deciding what to pack, take a few minutes and follow these tips to protect you, your loved ones, and your property.

Preparing Turkey

  1. Contact your credit card companies to advise them of your travel plans, especially if you will be traveling to a different county. Ask them to put specific notes on your file listing travel dates and locations so they do not accidentally freeze your funds.
  2. Do NOT post on social media the dates you are leaving or post details or pictures of your trip while you are away. Save the pictures for when you return home.
  3. If you are leaving your minor children in someone’s care, make sure you have given them a Temporary Guardian of Minor allowing them to act in your absence.
  4. If you have someone watching your pets, leave contact information for your vet and an emergency veterinary hospital. Leave your pet sitter with a note giving them permission to seek medical treatment for your animals and that you will take financial responsibility for the bill.
  5. Tell a trusted neighbor you will be gone and ask them to watch—and to report to police—any suspicious activity.
  6. Send a current copy of your healthcare documents and financial power of attorney to your agents. Keep an emergency contact card in your wallet listing your agents and their current phone numbers.
  7. Make sure to stop your newspaper or ask a neighbor to pick them up. Nothing screams “we are not home” than a stack of newspapers in your driveway.
  8. Remember that a new Arizona drivers license that complies with federal law is required to use as identification to board a federally regulated commercial aircraft beginning as soon as January 2016. Otherwise you will need a passport to travel through airport security.
  9. Invest in a programmable timer to turn on interior house lights in the evening. You can pick one up for less than $20 at Amazon, Home Depot, or Lowe’s.

And now a tip for your turkey. One of my law professors told me about roasting a turkey in a brown paper bag. I was skeptical but it turned out to be the best turkey ever! No the bag will not burn, and yes the turkey still browns (although I have no idea how) and it was extremely moist. Just Google “turkey in a brown paper bag.”

Try something new with your turkey this year and take a few extra precautions before traveling. Above all, have a safe and happy holiday season.

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