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Summer travel planning essentials

Whether you’re hitting the road or hopping on a plane, keep family travel stress-free with a bit of early planning and preparation.

If you’re driving…

  1. Bring a map. That GPS on your phone might not work in areas with poor cell service. Before you leave, visit bcaa.com/trip-planning and use BCAA’s online TripTik planner to create and customize your route then save and print high-quality, personalized, detailed maps.
  2. Plan your escape. Travelling early or late at night is the best way to beat the traffic. If you can help it, go in the opposite direction of rush-hour traffic - enter a city in the evening hours, and exit it in the morning. And, if you’re driving in the US, stick to two-digit interstates, which are usually the most direct routes through cities.
  3. Pack your BCAA Membership card. Save your hard-earned dollars for summer fun rather than paying for a tow. With your BCAA Membership, you’re covered anywhere in Canada, the US and 120 countries worldwide, with coverage that follows you in any car and savings at over 100,000 partner locations worldwide.

If you’re flying…

  1. Leave early. During peak travel times like heading into or out of a long weekend, you’re likely to face traffic jams, full parking lots, delayed shuttles and long lines at security. Leave for the airport early to absorb any extra delays.
  2. Prep your cell phone. Before you leave , download your airline’s app to get alerts if your flight is delayed or the gate changes. Plus, some airlines only offer entertainment on their apps, so get downloading and bring along your headphones. Don’t forget to fully charge your phone and pack your charger.
  3. Screen shot your boarding pass. If you prefer getting your boarding pass by email or text, remember to take a screenshot of it. This smart backup could be useful if you accidentally delete the email or text, or, if the airport’s WiFi isn’t strong enough.

Bonus tip…

Get travel insurance. Whether you’re visiting the US, overseas or even another province in Canada, travel insurance can help cover costly medical bills that your MSP doesn’t. Did you know Health Insurance BC only pays $75 per day for hospital stays? Compare that to the average cost in the US often exceeding $1,000 USD per day and as high as $10,000 USD per day in intensive care. If you’re travelling with your kids this summer, know that they’re covered for free when you purchase BCAA Travel Insurance.

Contact a BCAA insurance advisor or visit bcaa.com/travel for a quote. Emergency coverage starts at $20 per trip and BCAA Members save 10%.