The nicest and warmest months of the year are quickly approaching, and that means that many families are starting to plan their summer vacations.
It is important to take time out to enjoy life and step away from work and school so we can return refreshed.
However, while you should have a blast planning your itinerary, you should take just as much time ensuring that you enjoy your adventure as safely as possible.
We know that there is a lot to consider when you are trying to preserve the security of your family, so we have created this guide of essential steps to make your trip as safe as possible .
Get There Safely
The safety of your family starts as soon as you leave your home. Take a moment to check the travel restrictions of that particular country or state to ensure that it is safe to visit in the first place. If you’re good to go, then you then need to decide on the best travel option.
Regardless of if you are taking a road trip or going by plane, you need to plan for safety.
If you are flying, then you need to start by taking it slow as you walk through the airport so that no one gets lost. When you get on the plane, ensure that everyone is buckled in. It is a good idea to provide younger children with ear protection due to the loud noises created by the jet engines.
If you are taking a road trip, then you can avoid the risk of a breakdown by bringing your car in for maintenance before you depart. Have the mechanic give your vehicle a complete “once over” and ensure that they fill the fluids, check your tires, and replace the brake pads if necessary.
Finally, however you plan to get to your destination, it is a good idea to pack an emergency kit, so you are ready for any sudden issues.
If you are flying, you should include some bandages and any necessary medications. You should have a more extensive pack in your car that includes a first aid kit plus extra water, blankets, and flares or jumper cables in the case that you do break down.
Protect Your Bodies
During travel, it is essential that parents protect the health of their kids by being smart about their overall well-being.
Make sure that you bring plenty of sunscreens and apply them every day, even when it is overcast. Use a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. If you are going camping or going to a heavily forested area, then also make sure to bring bug spray that matches the pests that you may encounter.
It is also a good idea to pack long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect against bugs and the sun’s harmful rays.
When we go on vacation, it is easy for us to give in to the temptation of the local delicacies and overindulge, but for the safety of our family, it is important to manage what we eat and drink.
For starters, it is essential that you start every morning with a healthy breakfast that should consist of fruit, oats, and healthy cereal. Breakfast should never be missed because it will give your family a natural energy boost and many of the vitamins found in many breakfast foods, including vitamins C, B, and D, give you the nutrients you need to stay strong and fight off illness.
Buy everyone in the family a reusable water bottle that you can bring with you and fill whenever you get the chance. You can even mix in a little fruit juice to make the water a bit more appetizing. Failure to drink enough water could lead to dehydration, lethargy, irritability, and fatigue, so this is a step that cannot be missed.
Of course, it is important to do whatever you can to keep the kids safe, especially if you are traveling to a crowded place or a destination you have never been to before.
Before you go out in public, have a family meeting and talk to your kids about safety and how they should stay near you at all times. It is a good idea to give the kids a card that says their name, your phone number, and possibly the address of the hotel so the authorities can notify you should they get lost.
For instance, they should wear bright-colored clothes or at least outfits that are easily recognizable to you in case they get lost in a crowd.
It is also a good idea to enact a buddy system where your kids do not go anywhere without having a partner with them. For older kids, that may be their sibling. For younger children, that should be a parent. If your family does separate at any point, arrange a meeting spot where everyone should reconvene at a certain time.
Although we don’t even want to think about it, it is also important to educate your kids on what they should do if they are ever lost. Parents should advise their kids to stay in one place if they are suddenly lost and not venture too far away so you can find them.
Also, help your kids to memorize your phone number and then have them practice calling your phone, so they can do it at a moment’s notice.
In the end, there is nothing more important than having fun as a family as you explore new locations and have exciting adventures. Consider the tips mentioned here, and you can do so while ensuring that everyone stays safe and secure.