Traveling with Kids Safety Tips
Guest post by Charlotte Davis
Traveling with kids can be a stressful experience. Trying to keep them safe while in unfamiliar spaces adds another whole element to the stress that parents are experiencing. Whether you are traveling an hour up the road or on a long cross-country trip, there are a few things you can do to significantly improve the safety of your kids. Today we’ll share five tips to help make it easier to safely travel with kids.
1. Do your Research
As an adult, it is your job to research the areas you are looking to travel to prior to hitting the road. Look at crime statistics and other traveler’s reviews to see what areas would be the safest for your family.
2. Travel by RV
Traveling by RV is a great way to feel safe and secure while on the road with your family. You have everything you need in one place and you’ll have eyes on your children at all times. It is still a good idea to set ground rules for the kids so they know how to behave when you are at a rest stop or campsite. If you are thinking of heading to Canada, you may check out RV rental in Edmonton to rent the perfect RV for your next family trip.
3. Establish Ground Rules before Leaving Home
It is important to talk to kids about traveling before you even get on the road. You should set some ground rules for behavioral expectations while traveling. Make this fun for your kids by including them in the conversation. Ask them what they think a good rule would be and alter it as you see fit. If they have a say in what the rules are, they will be more likely to follow them. A few good rules to include on your list would be always staying with an adult, asking permission before leaving the area, and always being aware of what is happening in the area.
4. Have Fun Activities
Having fun activities for downtime is a great way to keep your kids out of trouble. If they are having fun and busy, they won’t have time to wander away and get lost.
5. Put your Contact Info on Your Child
This is a great tip if you will be in a crowded area like an amusement park where your child could get lost or separated from you easily. In the event that this happens, your child may panic and not feel like talking to an employee who is trying to reunite your family. This is also helpful when your child is too little to remember your phone number. You can write your phone number on your child’s arm or make them a little bracelet to wear in the event that they get lost.
Charlotte Davis is a travel writer from New Zealand, on a mission to inspire people to choose experiences over possessions with safety as the top priority. She is a digital nomad who wants to share her ideas on how to stay safe and save money while enjoying every adventure.
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