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On the move this weekend? Pack for Irene

Posted by Taylor Dobbs  August 25, 2011 10:25 AM

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With hurricane Irene expected to blow into New England Sunday, weekend travel plans are up in the air. If you're hitting the road, it's important to keep Irene in mind:

Packing

If you are traveling within or into Irene's path, plan for the worst. This includes bringing:

One gallon of water per person per day (for at least three days)

Personal documents and identification

Enough batteries and fuel to keep you going in case of an outage (also, fill up your car with gas when you get to your destination in case you need to escape quickly)

Extra cash

Check out Boston.com's complete disaster supply list.

Planning


Putting together a trip toWashington, D.C. probably wouldn't be a great idea right now. Irene will almost certainly have more impact further to the south. No matter the destination, if you're flying, be in touch with your airline as your flight draws near and make sure there haven’t been delays or cancellations. Airlines may also offer fee waivers to travelers who cancel or change flights because of a hurricane. JetBlue has already done this for Caribbean travelers.

Don't forget about your pets. Fido may be fine in the care of the 15-year-old down the street for most vacations, but be sure there's a backup plan. Is your petsitter staying in town? Is your area predicted to be hit extra hard? It might be worth it to cough up the extra dough to keep your pets at the local kennel.

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