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Top Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe While On Holiday

You have to be extra vigilant when taking your children on holiday. You are all going to be in a new and unfamiliar environment, surrounded by people from all over the world, which poses additional risks. Safety must be your top priority. When you are equipped with the tools and knowledge to keep your family safe, you can relax and enjoy your holiday

To help you plan a safe and successful trip for everyone involved, here are some top tips. 

#1 Research the location

While you might have researched to find the perfect accommodation and activities, you should conduct additional research into the area to make sure it is safe for children. You can start by doing a background check on the location to see if there is any risk of danger, as well as the crime rates. You can also check the website and the reviews of the hotel and the local amenities that you wish to use to determine their credibility and trust. 

#2 Speak to your family

As a parent, you more than likely want to keep your children safe and do everything you can to protect them. However, there comes a point where they need to have a certain level of knowledge so they can keep themselves safe. This knowledge will come in handy when you are on holiday, in a potentially busy area, and taken away from your usual environment. When people are taken out of their comfort zones, it can be disorientating. It will also be useful to know, as children are inevitably going to grow up and need to learn to be more independent. 

The level of knowledge and the way you speak to your children will depend on their ages. You should try not to scare them, instead, inform them of possible scenarios of things that could go wrong. You can talk them through what they should do, for example, stay calm and seek support from an adult (preferably one with a child or in a shop). You can also agree to set up various safety points, and wear something bright that makes you more noticeable. It can be helpful to speak to your children about these on more than one occasion, to help them remember. When you are on holiday, you can make more specific safety plans depending on where you are and what activities you are doing. 

#3 Plan family activities 

It can be helpful to plan activities that the whole family can enjoy, this will keep the children busy and out of mischief, and ensure your children are supervised at all times. You may also consider kid-friendly activities that are specially designed to keep children safe. These are usually run by reputable companies, which are usually in or close to the hotel who are professionals in caring for children, and provide fun activities they can get involved with. If children are bored, they are more likely to wander off or get into trouble. Speak to the hotel you are staying at and see what child-friendly activities they are offering. 

If you plan and prepare your holiday properly, you can reduce the risk of anything going wrong. 

#4 Learn basic medical support

If you are not a medical professional, you may be wondering how to get a CPR and first aid certificate? There are a variety of options online and in-person that can provide you with basic medical training, so that you can better support your friends or family while on holiday, in case of an emergency. These skills are important, especially if you want to protect your family. You never know when an emergency might strike, and having professional skills and knowledge can go a long way in saving a life. 

You may also wish to pack a medical kit and take it on your day trips with you. Children are prone to falls, scrapes, cuts, and bruises. While this can be worrying, it is a part of life and likely to happen if they are running around on holiday and enjoying themselves. Rather than stopping them from having fun, you can make sure you are prepared to support them if they do fall. A medical kit should have basics such as plasters, antibacterial spray, important medication, and any other items you think are necessary. You can customize the kit to anything you feel you need. 

#5 Transportation

When you go on holiday, you have a variety of options to choose from. You can hire a car, or opt to use a bus or train. To protect your family and keep them safe, it can be a good idea to hire a car. This means that you can keep all of your belongings with you, and keep your children out of harm’s way. If you are going to a popular location, public transport can be extremely busy and overwhelming. This makes it very stressful to navigate with your family and can increase the risk of problems, such as getting lost. Hiring your transport means you can travel around on your schedule and keep your family together at all times. You may also choose to keep your activities local to your accommodation, to limit the amount of traveling you need to do. This is a great way to keep your family safe, as you reduce risks, and your family will quickly become familiar with their surroundings. This can be helpful if you run into any problems, as your children will know who they can trust, and where they can find you. 

#6 Information packs

Information packs are usually a file of information that the adults of the family carry around, with travel information and an itinerary. It can be extremely helpful to create information packs for your children. As the parent, you should keep hold of the important documents and instead, equip your children with important names, phone numbers, where you are staying, important medical information, and any other relevant information. This can be a basic packet that you update for every trip you take with the correct information about your accommodation. This pack should safely live inside your children’s backpacks, so if you ever get separated from them, information will be readily available to bring you back together again. It can be difficult for children to remember the name of hotels and phone numbers. Make sure you tell your children about these information packets and how to use them. 

#7 Wearable tracking devices

If you are concerned about getting separated from your children, or you plan to go to busy places such as theme parks and tourist attractions, it might be a good idea to invest in wearable tracking devices. This can be extremely handy if you decide to go off and do your own thing, or if any of your children wander off and get lost. It can be terrifying if you are separated from your children, but wearable GPS devices are equipped with the latest technology so you can track your children while you are on holiday. They come in a variety of colors so they are more appealing to children, and you can choose different layers of security and protection. 

#8 Child-friendly accommodation

If you have young children, you may wish to child-proof the accommodation. You can pack a variety of tools that will help you take preventative measures in your accommodation, such as a portable baby gate and outlet covers. You can also find child-friendly accommodation, where they offer child-proof and safe rooms for families. They may also offer additional safety measures, such as baby seats for dining, and to use in your transportation.

Going on holiday should be fun. Make sure you take safety precautions so that you can sit back and relax.

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