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A holiday to sunny Central Florida should be a fun, enjoyable adventure for the whole family. While on holiday, take the same precautions you would at home: lock your doors, be wary of strangers and don't take unnecessary chances.
The following suggestions are offered to ensure that your Central Florida holiday is a great one:

  • Make Reservations In Advance
  • On The Road
  • Your Home Away From Home
  • Safety First
  • What To Pack
  • Florida Law
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Make Reservations In Advance

It's a good idea to make a lodging reservation in advance of coming, if you know what area you will be visiting. Check our Useful Links section for online reservation.

On The Road

Check your map before you leave. Know where you are going and how to get there. Look in the back seat before getting in your car. Review the controls in your vehicle before leaving the area. When driving, keep a full tank of gas and stay on well-lighted and well-traveled roads. Keep your safety belts on, doors locked and windows up. Try to stay on main roads and highways. If you have a car problem, try to get to a service station or populated place. If your car is bumped by another, don't immediately jump out and check for damage. Watch the other driver. If you are uncomfortable, motion for him or her to drive to a more public place, a police station or fire station. Never pick up hitchhikers. Park close to your destination, preferably on a well-lighted street or area. Look around before getting out of your car.

Your Home Away From Home

Always use the peephole to make sure you know who's at your hotel room door. Keep your doors locked and the chain latched. When you are away from your room, leave the TV on and the curtains closed. Don't put the sign on the door for the maid to clean up. If your room has already been cleaned, put the "do not disturb" sign on the handle. Make use of hotel safes and safety deposit boxes. If someone claiming to be a hotel employee wishes to enter your room, check with the front desk to verify identity.

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Safety First

When you are in unfamiliar surroundings, be alert and cautious. Carry traveler's checks and only a small amount of money. When obtaining traveler's checks or cash, count your money and put it away before you go outside. For automatic teller machine banking, go during the day and not by yourself. Avoid carrying a purse. If you must, use a clutch type or one with a strap, and hold the purse in front of you.
If someone wants your purse, wallet, keys or car, don't resist. Avoid wearing expensive or expensive-looking jewelry. Backing your car into a parking space might make out-of-state tags less obvious. When leaving your car, put maps away and cover expensive items or put them in the trunk.

Sources: American Automobile Association (AAA) and the Osceola County Sheriff's Office

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What To Pack

Comfortable walking shoes.
Shorts, light skirts and pants, cotton sweaters and knit shirts are appropriate throughout most of the year. Casual attire is acceptable at all attractions, including dinner theaters. Bathing suits -- beaches and surf temperatures are warm enough for swimming year-round and most accommodations have swimming pools. Sun protection -- very important! Hat or visors, loose fitting long-sleeved shirts, closed shoes and sunscreen are highly recommended.

Florida Law

Every visitor riding in the front seat of an automobile must wear a seat belt. Children through three years of age must ride in a separate car seat. Day or night, car headlights must be turned on in the rain. Drivers must carry proof of mandatory personal injury (liability) protection insurance coverage. Due to Florida's intense heat and high humidity, pets must never be left in cars. Animals are highly susceptible to heat exhaustion, which can be fatal.

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