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Safe and sound – 5 holiday safety tips for travelling with kids

Whether you’re jetting off to the other side of the world or to the other side of the country, travel is the best way to educate your children about different cultures, expose them to worlds that are so much different than our own and make lots of memories along the way. While it’s true that holidays are a time for families to come together and to relax, they can also be a little stressful and worrisome for parents. Ensuring your children are having a great time but are both safe and protected at the same time is a difficult balancing act. 

But don’t worry, here you’ll find our top 5 holiday safety tips.  

Travel insurance 

Never leave home without it. The idea of heading abroad without some form of travel insurance is quite simply asking for trouble! You might think you’ll never need it but is it really worth the risk? schengen visa travel insurance provide great packages that cover everything from a lost suitcase and cancelled flight, to medical emergencies such as sickness and accidents. So check them out for a comprehensive package that will not only provide you and your family cover, but also peace of mind. 

Give them instructions

If it can happen in your local supermarket then it can happen anywhere in the world. Becoming separated from your children in a public place is every parent’s worst nightmare. Not to mention it’s frightening for the kids too. Giving them instructions on what to do if this happens will make you a step closer to finding each other again. If they’re old enough, advise them to head into a shop or café and ask for help. Ask a police officer or approach another parent who has children with them. It’s advisable to explain this to them before the holiday! 

Sun protection

They might squirm, complain and do anything they can to avoid it, but make sure you slap on as much sun cream as possible! And keep applying throughout the day. Get your children to wear hats, sunglasses and keep them as hydrated as possible. It’s also a good idea to get to know the symptoms of sunstroke so you know what to do if they fall ill. 

Do a little research

You’ll always find potential hazards everywhere you go. Perhaps you should take extra precautions due to a common illness. Maybe there is an abundance of stray animals you should be wary of, or perhaps the ocean is infamous for strong tides and jellyfish. Completing a little research before you travel will give you peace of mind and help you make more informed decisions.

Your accommodation 

When you reach your accommodation for the first time, make sure you give check it thoroughly for any potential hazards or dangers. If you’re several floors up, ensure that your balcony is secure, and your child cannot slip between the railings. Ensure patio doors and any windows lock securely. Make yourself aware of the fire escapes and make sure any blind cords are tied up and cannot be played with. 

This post was written in association with UHC Safetrip


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