Whether you’re just visiting relatives or are taking a vacation overseas, taking your kids with you and ensuring their safety is can be a stressful experience. Here are a few tips that will help put your mind at ease and help keep them safe when they travel.
1.) Keep them tagged
Silicone wristbands can be imprinted with your contact details, which makes them a handy way of ensuring your kids could be easily returned by helpful folks if they should somehow be lost. A quality deboss fil wristband is great for this purpose as there the contact details can be embossed right onto them and there is no surface ink that could be scraped or rubbed off. Silicone wristbands are also highly durable and they’re likely to survive anything your child can do to them.
2.) Consider a leash
Some parents are quite against the idea of keeping their children on one of those leashes that are designed for use by children. However, if you’re traveling in an unfamiliar place and your toddler is a bit too adventurous, you should feel free to use one of these for your ease of mind.
3.) Plan and pre-book everything
Time spent waiting in terminals can be especially stressful for both parents and children. You can significantly reduce the time spent waiting around by pre-booking every leg of your trip and by planning out things to do in case of projected waiting times.
4.) Dress them in highly-visible clothes
Brightly colored hats and jackets are an excellent way to help you keep tabs on your kids, even from the corner of your eye. Conversely, avoid dressing your kids up in camo or neutral colors as you might be surprised just how small children can easily disappear and blend into crowds when wearing these.
5.) Bring things to keep your kids occupied
Snacks, activity books, tablets loaded with apps, and a power bank to keep the tablet charged should be almost mandatory for anyone traveling with small kids, as these can be a great way to save your sanity. These will make their wait more pleasant and encourage them to stay in one place, where you can easily monitor them while you are doing something important.
6.) Teach your kids how to stop and gather immediately
Don’t travel without emphasizing to your kids how important it is they stop or come to you immediately when you tell them to. This can mean the difference between them getting lost in a crowd or walking into oncoming traffic and them being safe.
7.) Teach them which adults are “safe”
Teach your toddler to identify information desk officers, uniformed terminal staff, security guards, police officers, and other adults and authority figures who could return them safely to you, should they get lost. Also tell them which kinds of strangers they should avoid (basically everyone who isn’t the types of folks we mentioned earlier). It’s important to discuss with your kids ahead of time and during your trip so that they know who exactly to turn to for help.
We hope these tips will help you keep your child safe and give you some peace of mind. Traveling is usually a positive part of childhood. With these tips, you can keep your kids safe and ensure they’ll have countless fond memories of their travels.
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