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How to Have a Hurricane-Proof Vacation

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Tip #9: Just in Case...Be Prepared

If there’s any chance your trip might be disrupted by a serious storm (and during hurricane season in the tropics, there’s always a chance), remember that ATM access won’t be possible if there’s a loss of electricity. In other words, make sure to bring extra cash or traveler’s checks with you. Also, if you and your family take any medications, bring an extra supply—in their original prescription bottles—in case you don’t get to return home as initially scheduled. To ensure long-distance communication, you may want to splurge on a satellite phone, which can cost upward of $1,000 (try Iridium or Globalstar).

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