Five Ways To Stay Safe When Traveling With Children
Family vacations give us some of our best memories, and they can be both fun and rewarding. For children, visiting other places and gaining new experiences can be very beneficial. They can learn about other cultures and food, but for you, vacationing with children can sometimes be more stressful than relaxing. Make travelling with children easier with these top tips to keep everyone safe and happy while away.
Pack A Vacation Medical Kit
You probably have a first aid kit ready to go at home, as children can be accident-prone. It’s a good idea to take a basic first aid kit away with you too, just in case of any accidents. The last thing you want as a parent is for your child to be taken ill and you have to try and source medicine in a language you don’t speak.
Pack any medicines that anyone in the family needs to take, and any medical kit they need, like insulin pens or inhalers. Take the same pain relief medicines you use at home, and pack medicines that fight fever. Cold medicine should go in as well, alongside an antihistamine in case of allergic reactions.
Remember that if you are traveling with medicines, you may need a note from your Doctor to allow you to travel with them. Ask your family Doctor what paperwork you might need and how best to transport the medicines.
SetUp A Medical Portfolio
Medical paperwork is also a good idea. If you are taken ill or are involved in an accident, you don’t want your child left trying to communicate what medical care you need. Create a medical portfolio and carry it with you when you’re exploring.
The portfolio should include emergency contacts for family and your Doctor at home, details of your travel insurance provider, details of who may make medical decisions for the family and any information about existing conditions, allergies or medication that you require.
Remember That Safety Standards Will Differ
In the US and the UK, there are a lot of safety regulations designed to keep children safe, such as rules about playgrounds, cribs or car seats. In other countries, the rules may be different and not as strict. Use your own common sense to assess if things are safe or not. Take a look round your hotel room for things like loose wires or large gaps between the railings on the balcony. Watch your children closely when you’re at the swimming pool or the beach, especially if there isn’t a lifeguard on duty.
Attitudes about safe driving can differ too, so be careful about using local taxis and instead only use services recommended by the hotel. If you use a car seat for any of the children, make sure you know how to safely and securely fit it into a hire car, so they’re not at risk. In the unlikely event that you are involved in an accident, make sure you get the quality legal representation you deserve when you return home.
Never Travel Without Insurance
Wherever you’re setting off to on your vacation, make sure you always travel with travel insurance. Many insurers will cover children for free, making the cost a lot more manageable. You should make sure your insurance policy covers things like trip cancellations due to changes in your children’s school term dates, medical care while abroad, assistance finding local care in an emergency and transport home for any young children if you are hospitalized and unable to travel.
Be Prepared For Airport Security
If your children have never flown before, going through airport security may make them nervous, as it can be a strange experience. Before you travel, take some time to talk to your children and explain to them what will happen. Let them know that they will need to follow any instructions they are given. Explain that any security is normal and is just designed to keep everybody safe.
If you are traveling without your child’s other parent, you should get a notarized letter from them, giving clear permissions to take your child out of the country. Some airports will require this to prove you aren’t kidnapping a child from the other parent after a separation. If your child has brought a friend on holiday, you should get a letter from their parents too. If you and your child have different surnames, for example after a divorce, some paperwork to show their connection to you may be helpful too, in case any questions are asked.