Holidays abroad are fun for the whole family. While the planning might mainly revolve around nearby beaches and the best museums to visit, you must also consider how to keep your child safe. You’ll be in a different country, after all, so extra precautions must be taken. So, if you’re booked in for a sunny week in Spain or a family holiday to the Bahamas, here is how to keep your child safe while away.
Use Lots of Sun Protection
If you’re traveling to a hot country, you’ll need to consider sun protection. Your skin will burn quickly in direct sunlight, especially if you are pale and not used to it. So, each morning before leaving your hotel, slather your little one in plenty of childrens sunscreen and dress them in sun-friendly clothes, such as hats and sunglasses. Remember – both adults and kids suncream wears off throughout the day, so always carry it with you to top up.
Give them a Phone
Even if you have a strict no-phone rule, usually, while abroad, you should let them have a phone. It means that if your little one happens to get lost in a sea of tourists, you can get hold of them as soon as possible. You could even share location so that you always know where they are for a little extra safety.
Arrange an Emergency Meeting Spot
Another solution to your child getting lost – arrange an emergency meeting spot. That means, if they happen to wander off and you have no way of contacting them, you both know exactly where to meet. Make it somewhere public and easy to find, such as a statue or fountain.
You should also let your little one know who to talk to in case they get lost. Let your kid know not to speak to strangers, but hotel staff and shopkeepers can help them if they are lost.
Always Carry Water
If you are not used to hot countries, you might forget that you need to drink a lot more water than usual. So, whether you’re heading to the beach or the local art gallery, bring along plenty of water for everyone to sip on throughout the day. Ice pops and ice cream are great for in-between!
Research the Location
Before traveling anywhere new, you must research the location to know how to behave while you’re there. Some countries have a very different culture to others, so while an act might seem innocent to you, it could be insulting somewhere else. Plus, by researching the location, you’ll have a better idea about where is safe to take your children. There are plenty of forums online helping mums and dads find kid-friendly holiday locations, so have a look online before jetting off.
Carry a First Aid Kit
You never know when you’ll need a plaster or a bit of rubbing alcohol. By carrying a first aid kit with you, you are prepared for any minor injuries or illnesses your kid might go through while away.
By keeping your child safe, you can enjoy your holiday abroad without worry.