Summer Travel Tips

From shoving that last bottle of sunscreen in your suitcase, to running to catch your flight home, we've got you covered. Read on for our summer travel tips.

Keep an open mind about where you are planning to stay. It can be easy to get a little spendy in the summertime. Save some money by checking out  Airbnbs or hostels in the area.

You can also cut back on cash by doing your research. Book your flights early and compare ticket prices with tools like Google Flights and Skyscanner.

Pack top to bottom. By organizing your suitcase in order of what clothes you'll need from the top of your body down, you'll be sure to pack enough of every item.

Pro-tip: pack a change of clothes in your carry-on. Don't risk lost luggage affecting your vacation.

Traveling with kids? Pre-make activity books in binders including coloring pages, crossword puzzles, blank papers, and stories, to keep them occupied. Keep the book a surprise so it's a special airplane or car activity.

Don't crowd your itinerary. Chances are, you'll want a little downtime on your vacation. So leave some extra time to recharge: take a nap, read on the beach, or grab a snack.

No vacation before the vacation. Create a list of tasks that need to be completed before your trip. Your family can help check items off, so that no one is left asking, "Who closed the garage?" on the way to the airport.

Prep your home for your vacation by setting up automated locked doors, MySmartBlinds for privacy and security settings, and an energy-saving thermostat. Your home will take care of itself for you.