Excited to go on vacation with your family? It’s always fun to do the planning, budgeting, and shopping. While you are doing that, you also need to make considerations for safety. Your children are your most valued gift and you want to protect them from injury or harm. Here are a few tips to aid in staying safe while traveling together.
- Decide ahead of time which adult will be monitoring which child/children. It’s easier if you divide and conquer and have assigned responsibilities. Not to say that you don’t stick together, but it does make the job less overwhelming. We have 2 kids with 2 adults, so each of us keeps one of them close to us at all times!
- Have you children wear “special” clothes that you pick out – even matching family shirts. This is especially fun if traveling to a place like Disney, major tourist attraction, or even a family reunion. Bright colors are easier to spot in big crowds.
- Take pictures of your kids with your phone before you reach your destination. This way if you do get separated, you will have a record of their current appearance.
- Put a business card in your child’s pocket with their name and your contact information. Older children can use this if they need to make a phone call, and younger children can give this information to a responsible adult.
- Teach your children to recognize adults that they can reach out to if they have a problem (cashiers, managers, police officers, workers with a uniform or walkie-talkie, etc)
- Make sure you have all insurance cards and medications with you
- Create a small first aid kit to carry with you or keep in the vehicle.
- Don’t forget to child-proof your hotel room (outlet covers, sharp corners, door locks, bathroom, etc)
- Create a safety plan – Make a home base to meet at in case you get separated – Have a code word for stranger safety in case of an emergency
- Always accompany your children to the public restrooms (even teens). We never sent our children in alone, and we still go in pairs if possible. When my son was younger he went to the very inside of the ladies room wall to wait for myself and his sister. He used the women’s restroom or the family restroom with me until it was inappropriate (around 8-10 yrs old). This is a debatable topic, but my child’s safety comes first, and we didn’t do anything to invade anyone’s privacy rights.
I hope that you find these tips helpful. Family vacations need to be filled with fun and make memories that will last for years to come.