Summer is the perfect time to take the family on a vacation. While most vacations are fun-filled, there are some risks involved when traveling with your family, especially if you have small children. Here are some simple safety tips for your family summer vacation to make sure everyone returns home safe and happy.
Be Safe around Water
Summer holidays are usually full of opportunities to go swimming. It could be at a water park, at the beach, in a lake or in a pool. Unfamiliar swimming locations can bring additional risks. There may be rips at the beach and the risk of an accident may be increased at the water park. Keep an eye on your children and make them aware of potential hazards if swimming in the natural environment. Tell your children to never swim alone.
When traveling, keep your valuable possessions safe and out of sight as much as possible and train your children to take care of valuables. Carry photographs of your children with you, in case you become separated. Create a plan for your children so they know what to do if they become lost. You might find it useful to give your children cheap mobile phones, so they can call you if they become lost. There are also electronic devices that can be used to keep track of your kids if they wander off.
If you are traveling in the wilderness take the appropriate precautions. Carry a first aid kit, a satellite phone and plenty of water. If you are traveling by car, make sure the vehicle is well maintained and has the necessary emergency equipment.
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Wear Sun Protection
You and your family will probably be exposed to a lot of sun during your summer vacation. Wear appropriate clothing, apply sunscreen and avoid staying in the sun for long periods especially at noon, the hottest time of the day. Try to avoid being in the sun during the hottest part of the day, stay hydrated and keep to the shade.
Keep Activities Safe
Be vigilant about the kinds of activities that your children are allowed to perform while on holiday. If they are riding bikes, rollerblading or skate boarding, make sure they are wearing the appropriate helmets and padding. Say “no” to activities which you believe is not safe!
Be Prepared for Medical Emergencies
Don’t forget to take all necessary prescription medicines and store them in two separate locations. That way if some luggage is lost, you won’t lose all of your family’s prescription medications. Take a first aid kit, painkillers and medications to treat insect bites.