Hurricane season is almost here, and storms are already brewing! But should that stop your travel plans to the (mostly) Sunshine State? No way! It just takes a little preparation and planning to prevent a hurricane from blowing your vacation off course.
Know Your Timing
Hurricanes season stretches from June 1 to November 30, covering peak vacation months. If you’re planning a summer or fall trip to Florida’s beaches or amusement parks, there are some great resources for weather updates and tips. We recommend that you check out the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Awareness website first. The most active part of the hurricane season begins around late August and lasts through late October, so make sure to factor that into your travel plans. Weather apps are also helpful tools to keep you up-to-date on storm activity.
Try to limit your luggage to carry on bags only, which will make it easier for you if flights are rescheduled or canceled. Also, make sure to pack any medication you may need, cash, travel-size toiletries, and antibacterial wipes. When you reach your destination, you can purchase bottled water and non-perishable food. In case of a power outage, it’s always a good idea to have solar battery powered USB chargers for your electronic items, a battery-powered flashlight or lantern, and a first-aid kit on hand, too. Check with your rental property’s manager to see what they provide!
Make sure to let friends and family members at home know where you are traveling and how to contact you there. Keep your phone charged, because texting is often the first service to come back online after a storm.
Have Travel Insurance
Travel insurance can help protect your investment, in case you have to cancel or change your plans at the last minute. With insurance, you can cancel your trip (with at least 48 hours of notice) prior to departure, if you know a hurricane is threatening your destination.
If a storm is approaching, consider cutting your vacation short. By leaving early, you’ll avoid the big crowds that will pack the roadways and airports once the hurricane is confirmed. Also, check the hurricane policies in the rental contract for your vacation home or your flights – you may not be entitled to a refund unless there is a mandatory, state-ordered hurricane evacuation.
If you do get caught in a hurricane, seek shelter on high ground and follow instructions.
Be Prepared to Extend Your Trip
While the hurricane itself may pass quickly, the aftermath could result in problems for travelers. The airport may be closed and flights canceled – or flights could be overcrowded. Electricity could be down, and roads could be blocked or flooded. As long as your accommodations are safe, be prepared to stay put longer than planned.
Try Not to Stress Over Traveling During Hurricane Season
While it’s important to be prepared, the odds of a hurricane hitting are low. As long as you plan ahead and don’t mind the risk of inconvenience, you’ll most likely find more sunny days than not in Florida!
If you have any questions about what we’re doing at Kong Management Group to make sure our properties are hurricane-ready, we’d love to hear from you. You can also check out our rental homes online at Kong Vacation Homes! For more information, contact us at 866-499-9026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.