Top 10 Travel Safety Tips For Kids You Need To Know
Traveling with your kids can be super fun, but of course, it can be challenging too. Of course, keeping your kid safe at all times is an essential element for a good trip.
So in this article, I will be sharing with you travel safety tips for kids that I hope will be helpful for your upcoming adventure. If you want to know how to keep your child protected and at the same time make sure you will have fun, then please keep on reading below.
Before Leaving Home and While You’re En Route
1. Be consistent with your safety rules.
I’m sure you already have safety rules being implemented at home and this should not change when you are on vacation. Introducing new rules to your family for your week-long trip might be difficult for everyone to adjust; of course, it is normal for someone to take some time to get used with new rules, especially the little ones.
So if you prohibit your kids from going to the neighborhood alone, then be consistent and remind them to do the same when you’re already in the resort or hotel room. In this way, we will be able to prevent possible injuries and keep everyone safe.
2. Arm your kid with the basic knowledge
Your child should know at least the most basic knowledge of your mobile number and your home address. They should also know the name of the hotel you're staying at or be able to point at the hotel's logo.
If your kid is too young to do this, I suggest you keep an emergency travel card that contains the kids' identification and your contact information inside his pocket or pin the card inside his clothing. Place the name of your hotel too and additional emergency contact numbers on the card. If you are traveling abroad, make sure that you will write in both your native language and translated into the country's language.
3. Don’t forget to pack your travel medical kit
Imagine your kid running a fever in the middle of the night while you are in a foreign country. Of course, we don't want that to happen. So now that you have your kid, it's time that you upgrade the contents of your medical kit.
It should include all the necessary things that your child is going to need just in case they get sick. These are:
- A good amount of any medicines that your kid is taking on a regular basis
- Medical supplement that is occasionally needed by your child such as a nebulizer for his asthma
- A pain reliever and medication for fever like acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- Antihistamine for possible allergic reactions
4. If possible, avail travel insurance.
This travel safety tips for kids will never be complete without mentioning travel insurance. Getting ill or suffering from an injury or emergency is never part of our travel plan, but the best way to be prepared for these events is by getting travel insurance. This will help you protect your family and make sure you get the help you will need without spending too much.
Safety Tips During Your Vacation
1. Begin your vacation with a safety briefing.
The goal of your vacation is to absolutely always have fun. But this doesn’t mean we will not be taking it with extra caution. Without a doubt, they will get too excited and overwhelmed with your trip, but this might affect their ability in assessing risk. So it will be our responsibility as parents to help them understand the rules of their new environment, even if this will only be just for a short time.
At the very least, spend some time to discuss with your children about some of the situations they will encounter or find themselves in, like being separated from the family and who is ok to ask for help. For most of the kids, it would be best to turn to adults when they realize they got lost but this should not be just any adult. If you are in a shopping center, teach them to look for the closest person at the cash register to ask for help. If you will be exploring theme parks, I suggest you advise your kid to look and seek refuge for mothers with kids too.
Instruct your kid to keep calm and try not to cry in this situation. We don’t want them to start screaming “Help! I’m lost.” While the predators are just around lurking.
2. Designate a meeting place
It is also important that you assign a meeting place just in case one of your family members get lost or separated from the group. Find a common area that can be easily accessed and is visible to anyone like the entrance to the theme park, specific ride or reception area.
If your kids are big enough to understand and read maps, let them keep one and marked off the meeting place so they can quickly locate it.
3. Keep your kids protected from any elements.
Keep your kids protected from the Mother Nature by using sunscreen and insect repellents. There are also some countries that have travel-related diseases spread by infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas so make sure you always bring with you insect spray and apply repellent on exposed skin to keep these harmful critters away.
Don’t forget to keep your kid’s hands, keep antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer handy too.
4. Childproof your hotel room.
No matter where your children are, they will never stop exploring. So the moment you arrive at your vacation home or hotel room, make a quick sweep and keep away harmful items of your kid’s reach like matches, coffeemakers and so much more.
I also suggest you bring some items from your homes like outlet covers, doorknob covers and toilet locks for extra protection.
5. Keep a photo of your kid handy every time
I’m sure you’d agree with me when I say that a picture is worth a thousand words. If ever you will lose your kid during your vacation, you will find yourself in a panic mode and will be too worried that it will be difficult to describe what he looks like. Keeping a picture of your child on hand will help you minimize the stress in this intense situation.
I suggest you take a photo of your kid every morning, so you know exactly what he is wearing.
6. Teach them how to interact with animals in the wild
Visiting a zoo can make every kid giddy, but let me just remind you that a gorilla won't stop being a gorilla just because it is a different setup. Most of the families make the mistake of taking a false sense of security just because something fun is going on. So I suggest you talk to your child and teach them how to respect boundaries with these animals.
If your kids are still young enough to follow rules or understand them, then you might want to wait for them to get older before visiting these place and better able to process this kind of info.
So there you have it, I hope these travel safety tips for kids will help you have peace of mind and enjoy your entire vacation.
How about you? Do you have any safety tips that I missed to mention? Please share it with us in the comment section below, I would love to hear from you.