Going on holiday with kids (of any age) can be stressful. Younger babies can be more intensive to look after when it comes to attention, but slightly older kids need a different kind of care.
When you’re heading off on vacation, here are some tips for keeping the kids safe and healthy.
Talk to them before your go
Kids can be super excitable on vacation, and may well forget things or even ignore you due to all of the excitement. You can try and get the message through to them by sitting them down and talking to them before you leave.
Discuss where you’re going and the culture there, especially if there are customs and laws that are very different from your own.
You should also talk to them about health with regards to protecting yourself from mosquito bites, especially if there’s no mosquito control in a hotel or apartment complex.
The importance of protecting themselves from the sun by applying SPF regularly. This can reduce the chance of them burning, suffering heatstroke, and lower the risk of skin cancer.
When you’re on vacation
Once you’re there, you want your kids to have a great, but safe time. When you arrive at your accommodation, check any hazards such as having restrictors and locks on windows, especially those which are high up. You should also make sure that the doors and windows lock properly.
If you’re in a complex which has access to a private pool, is there a pool cover or are the gates to the pool secured? That way, if your kids have access to areas of the property, you know it’s not easy for them to access this potentially dangerous area. Even if your kids are older and can swim, you still don’t want them using the pool without supervision.
Another good tip is to give your kids a piece of paper with key information such as your name and number and the address of where you’re staying. That way, if they get lost or they are away from you and get injured, there will be a contact number that people can reach you on. You might think that putting this info into their phone is sufficient, but if they are hurt or their phone is damaged or runs out of battery then they’ll still have the information.
If you’re planning on letting them attend a kids club, or something similar, at your resort, you need to check that it is safe. You can do this by asking them for information on the standards they are required to maintain as part of the law in their country. Each country is very different so if you have any doubts at all, then go with your gut and don’t use them. You’ll only worry if you don’t and won’t be able to enjoy yourself.
When you want to have an enjoyable vacation, it’s always more likely to happen to know that you have taken all the necessary safety precautions that can give you the peace of mind you need when traveling with your children.