Tips for a safe Labor Day trip to Lake Michigan

As the sun sets on summer, many of us across the Midwest are gearing up for one last weekend at the lake over Labor Day. But, before you hit the road for one last hurrah, it’s important to keep a few basic safety and security measures in mind to help ensure you and your family have a great — and safe — trip.

Here are a few of our top tips to remember this Labor Day:

Do your research

Don’t head out without doing your homework. As you finalize your plans, research your route, accommodations, and the local area—and don’t forget to have a backup plan just in case. On Airbnb, you can use our secure messaging tool to ask your host any questions you might have about their home or the local area. You can also message your host to coordinate check-in and stay in touch throughout your trip in case any questions come up.

Get away, but leave a light on

A safe vacation starts at home. No matter how safe your neighborhood might be, it’s important to take a few precautions before heading out. While you’re away, stop your mail and arrange for a neighbor to come by to collect any packages or flyers that might come to your door. It doesn’t hurt to leave the light (or two) on—literally. Keep a few lamps set to a timer while you’re out to make it look like your home is as bustling as usual.

Always communicate and pay on Airbnb

Keep your payment and your personal information protected by staying on our secure platform throughout the entire Airbnb process—from communication, to booking and payment. You should never be asked to wire money, provide credit card information or otherwise pay a host directly. If you are, please report it to us immediately.

Do a safety check

Once you’ve arrived at your home, make sure you know where all of the relevant emergency equipment and safety information is located. If you’re not sure where something like the first aid kit or fire extinguisher is or how to work an appliance in the home, don’t hesitate to ask your host.

Be wise on the water

No matter if you’re swimming by the dock, heading out on a boat, or splashing in the pool — be sure to play it safe. In addition to being mindful of how much time you spend in the sun and applying plenty of sunscreen, be sure your family is up to date on the latest water safety tips. An accidental drowning can happen in a matter of seconds, so adults should always be fully focused when supervising children who are in or near any body of water.

Remain alert

Although Labor Day is a time to relax with family and friends, that doesn’t mean your common sense gets a three day weekend too. Public areas, tourist attractions, the waterways, and the roads are far more crowded than usual over the holiday weekend. While it’s easy to be distracted by all the fun to be had or bored by bumper to bumper traffic, it’s more important than ever to remain alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Take sensible precautions, and if you see anything suspicious be sure to alert local authorities.

Research local travel alerts and warnings

Whether you’re traveling with Airbnb or not, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on any weather alerts or travel warnings that might impact your trip. Summer can mean unpredictable and changing weather conditions, as well as heavy traffic, so be sure to check out the latest travel information before you head out.

If anything isn’t right, reach out

If you arrive to your Airbnb and something’s not quite right, reach out to us. We’re standing by 24/7 in 11 languages to help with anything from rebooking assistance to refunds or reimbursements.

By keeping these tips on hand and planning your Labor Day trip with safety in mind, you can help ensure you and your family have one last perfect weekend before the summer ends — from Lake Michigan to Lake Superior and everywhere in between.

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