Regardless of where you’re headed for your family holiday, there’s always a risk of danger. Keep your kids at close watch and ensure their safety with these six essential tips for smooth sailing.
One of the simplest, but most important, tips of all is staying vigilant wherever you are. Even if you feel as if you’re in a safe environment, including your choice of accommodation, there’s no telling what could happen should you not keep a watchful eye out.
Danger unfortunately lurks everywhere, especially when in an unfamiliar setting abroad. Whether it’s opportunistic risks or natural risks, you’ll need to keep your kids close by at all times and don’t let them wander off out of sight – especially when none of you know the area very well.
Establish a safe place
If you are to venture out into a busy area, such as a city centre or shopping mall, be sure to establish with the little ones a recognisable spot to return to should you all become separated from one another. Something such as a landmark or a statue is a common choice, as you can always tell it apart and everyone around you will likely know where it is.
Should someone in your family stray from the group, it’s perhaps the easiest way to be reunited with them. As soon as you notice they’re missing, don’t panic or freak out – just return to this spot and you’ll find each other easily.
Create a safety kit for them
A clever tip to ensure the safety of your kids is creating a little safety kit for them to carry around. Put a few things in their backpack for them to use in case of an emergency – a family photo is a good idea, as suggested by CTI – if anyone is helping them find you again they know just who to look out for.
And things such as ID bands and tags with essential details are also useful. Should anyone find your lost child and attempt to reunite them with you, they can contact you with the phone number or address you provide within the information.
Don’t go anywhere risky
It’s easy to suggest not to risk visiting anywhere that could pose a danger to you and the little ones, but some families unfortunately have a disregard and wind up in areas they perhaps shouldn’t be in. If you’ve been told to stay away from a certain part of your location, make sure you listen to that advice.
Areas that are particularly undeveloped or treacherous should be avoided at all costs, especially when with children. It’s not worth the risk – they’re too young to know better, and may potentially end up harming themselves if they’re not careful.
Stay away from deep water
When on holiday it’s likely you’ll be swimming quite a bit. Whether it’s in a swimming pool or the sea, it’s important you keep a watchful eye on the little ones to ensure they’re not going too far. Too often do kids find themselves in trouble when in the water, as they underestimate the depth.
If they can’t swim, you’ll want to invest in armbands or other flotation devices to ensure their safety – even if you take your eye off of them for a while. However, it’s best to remain constantly vigilant and assist them regardless of where you’re swimming.
The simplest and most important tip of all is to just be generally careful regardless of where you are in the world. Family holidays come with the added risk of potentially vulnerable children getting themselves in situations you can easily avoid, so be sure to stay vigilant and keep them protected at all times.
Do you have any tips of your own for a safe family holiday? Let us know in the comments below.