Traveling can be a fun and enriching experience for you and your family. Seeing new places and experiencing new things – or even revisiting old favorites can be exciting. However, with the recent resurgence of bed bugs, you and your family may not be traveling alone. Bed bug infestations are cropping up in cities and towns all across America like never before and travelers among the most likely people to come in contact with them. But you don’t have to cancel your vacation plans just yet. By following a few simple guidelines when traveling, you can still enjoy your trip while fending off the bed bugs at the same time.
Before you go:
Before embarking on your journey, there are some preventive measures you should take to guard your home from an infestation of bed bugs.
What to pack:
Aside from your normal vacation gear like clothes and toiletries, pack these additional items so you’ll be prepared to ward off any bed bugs you may find during your trip.
Examining your hotel room before you bring your belongings in is key.Leave your luggage outside the door or in your car until you have thoroughly inspected your room following the procedure outlined below:
Before heading home:
Arriving at Home:
Even the best laid out plans can fail so even though you followed all of these precautionary measures, bed bugs could have still hitched a ride home with you or on you. It’s better to be safe than sorry so follow these next steps to be extra-cautious before going inside your home.
Bed bugs are an unfortunate reality that we all may have to share the same personal space with at some point. Whether you’re going on a family vacation or on a business trip, remain vigilant for any signs to safeguard you and your family against these parasites. If you’re unable to do everything suggested in the above information, at least bring a flashlight with you and inspect the hotel bed and headboard for any signs of bed bugs. Also, remember not to unpack your bags inside your house once you arrive home and wash all of your clothing that you took on the trip. As labor-intensive as it sounds, preventing a bed bug infestation is far easier than getting rid of one.