BT on the Weather Channel: Hurricane Season Travel Tips

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Don’t let stormy weather derail your vacation plans. Here, how to take control of one of the most challenging times of year.

Hurricane season officially arrives in June, and sticks around like an unwanted house guest till November. To minimize the impact of storms in your vacation, especially to the Caribbean and southern coastal regions, Budget Travel Editor in Chief Robert Firpo-Cappiello shares common sense safety tips on the Weather Channel’s morning show, AMHQ, on Saturday June 2 at 7:40 and 9:40 Eastern. Here's what you need to know before you go:

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR RESERVATIONS

First, double-check the cancellation and refund policies of the airlines, hotels and car rental companies you are booking for your trip.

UNDERSTAND TRAVEL INSURANCE

Make sure your travel insurance policy covers delayed flights and weather-related trip disruptions and cancellations.

BE PROACTIVE

If the hurricane happens before your trip, you'll want to make sure that your travel insurance plan includes trip cancellation for hurricanes and natural disasters and that it will refund you any pre-paid non-refundable trip expenses if you have to cancel before your scheduled departure due to a hurricane.

READ THE FINE PRINT

Read the fine print. The policy has to be purchased pre-hurricane in order to cover for the hurricane.

CONSIDER ‘CANCEL FOR ANY REASON’ OPTIONS

You can purchase “cancel-for-any-reason” insurance, which lets you decide whether you want to risk travel when a storm is being predicted.

PACK FOR SAFETY AND COMFORT

If you do head off to the Caribbean in the midst of a hurricane warning, pack an emergency kit: cash, a radio and batteries, a flashlight and batteries, non-perishable food and water for three days, rain gear, bug repellant, sunscreen, and any prescription meds you need. (Yes, this will all take up space in your luggage, but you’ll appreciate it if/when the time comes that you need it.)

WATCH THE WEATHER CHANNEL

And, of course, always keep your eye on the experts at The Weather Channel (weather.com) for up-to-the-minute forecasts and breaking news.

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