Traveling With Your Children – Safety Tips That Parents Should Know
Traveling should be fun and exciting but if you will travel with your kids, the trip could bring you a lot of stress. With careful planning, traveling with your children will be easier. You also have to anticipate any problem that could arise during the trip that concerns your children’s safety to make the trip enjoyable and hassle-free. Here are some tips for a safe travel with your children.
Let your children participate in planning the travel or vacation. Traveling with your children in places unfamiliar to them could bring stress and fear to you kids. Help them anticipate the changes in environment and activities by including them in the planing stage of the trip or vacation. It will also help them welcome the new place if you will bring familiar toys and other things that will make your kids feel comfortable.
Inspect your hotel or accommodation room. Hotels in the place of your destination may not be as safe as hotels in your homeland, it is best to inspect the room for faulty or exposed electrical wiring, unsafe stairway or balcony railings, poisonous substances in the bathroom and other things that may hurt your children.
Bring a traveler’s health kit. This will also serve as your first aid kit to help you take care of minor health problems while traveling with your children. Your health kit may contain medications prescribed by your doctor if you or your children are under medications. Medicines should be in their original bottles and bring a copy of your physician’s prescription letter or note. Example of medicines to bring are antimalarial medications, antidiarrheal medicines, antihistamine, anti-motion sickness medication, medicines for fever, mild laxative, cough suppressant/expectorant, antacid and antifungal/antibacterial ointments. You also need to bring insect repellent with 50% DEET, sunscreens or sun blocks, alcohol-based hand gel, digital thermometer, baby wipes and the address and phone numbers of the area hospital in your destination. Your traveler’s health kit is a very helpful kit while traveling with your children.
Advise your children to be careful with food and water. Children are prone to diarrhea and other food and water related illnesses while traveling. Before traveling with your children, you should educate them to be careful with the food and water in your destination. You should only use purified water. Advise your children to wash their hands as often as possible with soap and water or use alcohol based hand sanitizers especially before eating.