Now that spring is here, travel plans for most families are kicking into high gear. Whether it’s a summer vacation or a weekend getaway to the nearest large city or attraction, excursions with young children can be full of fun and unexpected surprises. But what’s not so fun? Getting caught unprepared when a mishap occurs. Here are a few safety tips for traveling with your family so you can be prepared for whatever comes your way.
Talk About What To Do In Case Of Trouble
Depending on how old your kids are, you will want to run a few scenarios with them and let them know how they should respond. For instance, “What should you do if you get separated from Mommy and Daddy?” Make sure your kids know who the trusted adults will be at your vacation location – hotel desk clerk, life guard, police officer, etc. If you go to an amusement park, point out the uniforms of security guards or park employees so the kiddos can quickly identify them if they need help. Along with that, make sure to explain what kind of adult is NOT safe to talk to, and who to go to if a stranger tries to engage with them.
Make Sure They Know How To Get In Touch With You
Before you leave on your trip, drill your older kids on your contact information – their first and last names, parents’ first and last names, and mom and dad’s cell phone numbers. Make sure they know the name of your hotel and what kind of car the family is driving, if applicable. If your child is too young to retain this information, order some customized temporary tattoos from a company such as Tottoos.org with your child’s name, your name, and your phone number on it. Put one on your little one before you venture out, and make sure to re-apply as necessary after a day in the pool or a bath.
Clearly Label All Belongings
Traveling with kids means traveling with lots of gear – from strollers and diaper bags to handheld video games and MP3 players. Make sure all of your and your kiddos’ possessions are clearly labeled with your name and phone number so they can be quickly and safely returned if they are lost.
Pack A Small First Aid Kit
Life in general is prone to bumps and bruises, and accidents happen when we’re not familiar with our surroundings. Have an adult with your group tote along a small first aid kid on their person. Essential items include disinfectant wipes, antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids and hydrocortisone or Benadryl cream. Of course, one safety item everyone should also have on is plenty of sunscreen if you’re going to be outdoors. Make sure to re-apply throughout the day as necessary to prevent uncomfortable sunburns.
Are you ready to hit the road? Don’t forget your safety items and procedures! Where are you heading for vacation with the family this year? And more importantly, can we come along?