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Protecting Against Bed Bugs with Cancel for Any Reason

by Alana Cormier | Feb 23, 2024
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Discover effective tips for protecting against bed bugs while traveling and why you may want to consider 'Cancel for Any Reason*' coverage. Travel insured with add-on benefits that safeguard your travel plans from the unexpected.

Are you planning your next adventure? Whether you're embarking on a tropical getaway, exploring bustling cities, or trekking through remote landscapes, one thing you might not have considered is the potential threat of bed bugs. These tiny pests can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare if you're not prepared. However, with the right precautions and travel protection coverage, you can protect yourself and your trip from bed bug encounters and other unforeseen circumstances.

Here’s Why “Cancel for Any Reason” Might Be Right for You

While taking precautions against bed bugs and other travel hazards is essential, sometimes unexpected events can still disrupt your plans. That's where travel protection comes in, offering peace of mind and protection against unforeseen circumstances.

At Travel Insured, we understand that travel plans can change unexpectedly, which is why we offer an add-on benefit known as "Cancel for Any Reason" coverage. This valuable coverage provides travelers with the flexibility to cancel their trip for any reason, whether it's due to concerns about bed bugs, illness, family emergencies, or other unforeseen events.


Protecting Against Bed Bugs When Traveling: Tips and Precautions

Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers, and they can easily stow away in your luggage, clothing, or even on your person without you realizing it. To avoid bringing these unwanted guests home with you, here are some essential tips for protecting against bed bugs while traveling:

  • Inspecting Your Accommodations: Upon entering your hotel room or rental property, you may want to conduct a thorough inspection for any signs of bed bugs. Try looking for small reddish-brown bugs, tiny white eggs, or dark spots on the mattress, bedding, and furniture. You may want to use a flashlight to check in cracks, seams, and crevices. 

  • Keeping Luggage Elevated: Avoid placing your luggage on the floor or bed. Instead, use luggage racks or place your bags on hard, smooth surfaces like tile or the bathroom counter. Bed bugs are less likely to climb onto luggage that is elevated.  

  • Sealing Your Belongings: Consider using bed bug-proof luggage encasements or plastic bags to seal your clothing and personal items during your trip. This extra layer of protection can prevent bed bugs from infesting your belongings. 

  • Inspecting Clothing: When returning from your trip, it is important that you promptly launder all clothing, including items that were not worn, in hot water and dry them on high heat to kill any potential bed bugs or eggs. Inspecting your luggage and belongings carefully before bringing them back into your home is key. 

  • Staying Vigilant: Even after taking precautions, it is important to remain vigilant for signs of bed bugs in your home following your trip. Early detection and prompt action are key to preventing infestation. 


When it comes to travel, preparation is key. By taking precautions to protect against bed bugs and investing in added benefits, such as "Cancel for Any Reason" coverage, may help you enjoy your travels with confidence, knowing that you're prepared for whatever may come your way. At Travel Insured we're committed to helping you stay protected on your adventures around the globe. 


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