Many of us plan a second getaway later on in the year. After all, why not? We’ve been working hard at the office, at home, and at school since September, so we all deserve a bit of rest and relaxation! Whether it’s a weekend getaway to a new part of the country, or you’re all jetting off to sunnier climates for a week, no matter where you’re going, if you want your break to be a success, then you’re going to want to feel safe whilst on holiday.
Keeping the everyone safe whilst in a foreign country or just in a new and different place can be a daunting task, but don’t worry there are some simple steps you can take.
The summer months might already be a distant memory, but if you’ve already got the suitcases back down from the loft because you’re planning a half term break with the family, then read on.
Travel medical insurance
Perhaps the most obvious step – but worryingly the most neglected – is your travel medical insurance. You might be under the impression that if you’ve taken out travel insurance then you’re covered for everything. Well, that’s just not the case. Travel insurance without the medical aspect means you’re only covered for things like, flight cancellations, delays, hotel problems and lost luggage. Getting you and the kids covered medically means that should any accidents or injuries occur – you’re all covered.
Make sure they know
From as early as possible, you should be teaching your child personal information such as their full name and address so if they’re in a position where they’re asking for help – they can do so effectively. They also need to know a number to call in case of an emergency – for younger children you can always write these down on a piece of paper and have it tucked away safely on their person. Make sure they know the name of the hotel or resort they’re staying at.
Stand out from the crowd
We all know how busy and hectic foyers, airport lounges, shopping malls, markets and the poolside can get. So make sure your child is distinguishable and easily spotted by yourself. Brightly colored wristbands that carry identification or a telephone number, brightly coloured clothing or accessories and brightly colored swimsuits are a great idea.
Check the room
When you get to your hotel room, make sure that the room is child-friendly. Checks include latches on windows and doors, any broken or cracked windows, do the doors lock properly? If there’s a balcony, is it as safe as you think it could be? If any of these are in doubt, speak to the reception staff immediately. These checks should be done more than once during your holiday.
Give them instruction
No one wants to think about it, but if you do get separated from your child, they need to know what to do. Teach them to approach either a member or staff at a hotel, restaurant or shop, or preferably another parent with children and ask for help.