Children’s safety is the top priority for any parent, and if your kids are young, you need to be extra mindful of their security and safety at home and outside. If you’re planning your first family vacation, here are 25 timeless tips that will help you take better care of your children and ensure they’re safe during the entire trip.
- Choose your destination carefully. Don’t take your children to a state or country experiencing political or civil unrest. Avoid locations with a high risk of natural calamities.
- Get adequate travel insurance and make sure it provides comprehensive cover for a range of activities and situations. If not, buy an extra cover to ensure complete protection for your family.
- Make sure your child’s vaccination is up to date, and check if they need additional immunization to travel to certain places.
- If traveling by air, avoid seating your child on the aisle. It will ensure they can’t walk away when you doze off and prevent possible injury from a passing serving cart.
- Childproof your hotel room as soon as you arrive. Watch out for loose power cables, low balcony rails, open windows, sharp edges, slippery floors, broken doorknobs, and other things that could cause injury.
- Weigh the risks for your child before taking up activities such as snorkeling, zip lining, dirt biking and so forth. Ensure that all safety precautions are in place and go with a reputable and trusted adventure company only.
- Don’t leave your child unattended around water or in the car, ever.
- Instruct your child to avoid answering the door if you’re busy, and especially when she is alone in the hotel room.
- Don’t be overprotective. Let your kids mingle with the locals while you keep a close watch on them.
- Carry disinfectant wipes or spray when going out—with children you may end up using public toilets more often than you’d like.
- Give your kids only bottled water. You can’t risk them falling sick far away from home. Teach them to avoid swallowing water while bathing, brushing and swimming.
- Don’t be pushy. When you know your child is afraid of water, it doesn’t make sense to forcibly take her deeper inside the ocean or to the deep end of the pool, as it may cause the child to panic and aggravate her fear of water.
- Don’t leave young children alone or unattended in hotel rooms, no matter how badly you need to get away for a break. Book a hotel or resort that provides trained and professional babysitters.
- Watch what your children eat, at all times. Avoid feeding them too much street food. Carry sandwiches and quick snacks in your bag when going out for long hours.
- With kids, it’s better to eat at clean and hygiene-conscious restaurants. Ask the hotel staff for recommendations.
- Don’t expect your little ones to match your stamina when it comes to hiking, trekking or other strenuous activities. They may get sick from overexposure to the elements.
- Book a good holiday villas for babies so that you can provide them a familiar home-like ambiance, cook fresh baby food when needed and relax with your little one in complete privacy.
- Check ahead and carry your car seat (or rent locally) if needed. If your destination doesn’t mandate the use of safety seats, hold your child tight when traveling by road.
- Bring medication for colic, vomiting, fever, cold, cough, headache, stomach infections, earache, bruises, burns and so on. Don’t forget to pack any particular medications prescribed for your child.
- Let older kids explore the resort on their own but give clear instructions about what they can and cannot do.
- Pack sunblock, bug spray, band-aid, bandage, and a thermometer for babies and toddlers.
- When out sightseeing or exploring the city on foot, never let your kids out of sight and keep scanning your surroundings to ensure their safety.
- Set firm do’s and don’ts before leaving home. Teach your little ones what to do if they find themselves lost or alone.
- Make your children memorize your phone number, your full name, and the name of your hotel.
- Use plenty of sun protection and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Stay indoors when the weather is too hot to prevent dehydration and sunburn.
Lastly, trust your instincts when it comes to protecting your family from unsafe situations.
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