Preparing for Snowbird Travel

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Preparing for Snowbird Travel

Snowbirds who travel south for the winter to the warmer “sun belt” states in the US or similar, warmer locales, are tasked with a long to-do list before they can leave.

Here are a few important things to remember before your trip down South.


  • See your physician, dentist, and optometrist at least 90 days before traveling to make sure your prescriptions are up to date
  • Be sure to get your annual flu shot
  • Make sure to renew your provincial/territorial health card if it’s set to expire during the time you’re gone
  • Don’t forget to bring copies of your prescriptions in case anything needs replacing, or to show border officials
  • Invest in travel medical insurance, in case your health plan provides minimal coverage outside of Canada
  • Bring proof of any pet immunizations or licensing for service animals, if traveling with your pet


  • Put your telephone line on “vacation service” or routinely check/erase messages
  • Let a reliable friend or neighbor know you will be away, so they can check your mail, shovel any snow, or take care of any lawn maintenance
  • Turn on any automatic timers for lights so people think you are home in the evening, and ensure outside motion detector lights are functioning
  • Put any valuables in a safety deposit box
  • Put wood in the tracks of your sliding doors
  • Turn off water supply and drain plumbing system if applicable
  • Unplug your refrigerator, microwave, television, clocks, etc.


  • Consider keeping your important travel documents (passport, credit cards, identification) in a travel wallet around your neck or waist
  • Make two copies of all of your documents, including the contents of your wallet (keep one with a friend at home)
  • Bring any residency documents, like your resident card or provincial health insurance card
  • Notify your credit card company of your travel, and make sure your cards are not expiring soon
  • Carry a small amount of currency for the place you are visiting for tipping and taxis

To see a full checklist of items to check before your snowbird travel, check out the CSA Traveller’s Checklist for Canadians.

By | 2017-10-27T14:53:23+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Hearing Tips|0 Comments

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