How to Keep Your Kids Safe While Travelling Abroad
Hey there, jet-setting families! Louisa here from Kooshy Kids.
As much as I adore the adventures of international travel with the little ones, I can't emphasise enough how paramount their safety is. Let's explore some essential strategies to ensure your child's safety without compromising on the fun!
1. Do Your Research
Start with thorough research about your destination. Check government travel advisory websites, browse forums, and get insights from families who've been there. Understand local customs, etiquette, and potential areas to avoid—knowledge is power, and this first step can save you from unexpected pitfalls.
2. Prep for Medical Emergencies
First things first: don’t leave home without a trusty first aid kit tailored for common travel ailments. If your child has allergies, make sure to pack necessary medications and perhaps even learn how to explain the allergy in the local language. Familiarise yourself with the healthcare system of your destination. Knowing where the nearest accredited hospital or clinic can be a lifesaver in emergencies.
3. Secure Accommodation
Choose your digs wisely. Prioritise accommodations that are in safe neighbourhoods, have round-the-clock security, and feature positive reviews from other families. Consider options like family suites or adjoining rooms to keep the clan together but still allow some breathing space.
4. Keep Contact Information Handy
Equip your child with an emergency contact card, discreetly tucked into their bag. This should list your accommodation address, your mobile number, and another emergency contact. Additionally, consider investing in temporary tattoos or wristbands with this info for younger kids—it's fun for them and adds an extra layer of security for you.
5. Public Transport Smarts
Public transport can be a whirlwind of activity. Before boarding, snap a picture of your child on your phone (a daily habit) to have their current appearance handy. Establish rules like holding hands or designating a specific train car. And yes, always have a rendezvous point in case the group gets split up.
6. Food and Water Safety
The allure of street food can be tempting, but the last thing you want is a child sick from food poisoning. Stick to recommended eateries, and if in doubt, always opt for fully cooked foods. Educate your kids about not accepting treats from strangers, and ensure they understand the importance of drinking bottled water in certain destinations.
7. Maintain Routine
It's easy to get caught up in the thrill of exploring, but kids thrive on routine. Try to maintain consistent meal times, allocate specific periods for rest, and ensure they get a good night's sleep. A well-rested child is not only happier but also more alert, which can be crucial in unfamiliar settings.
Embarking on an international adventure with your kids can be incredibly rewarding. Armed with these tips, you'll not only have peace of mind but also create beautiful, safe memories together. Safe travels, families!