With the school year nearly coming to an end, summer is right around the corner. That means kids, vacation, and plenty of injuries for you to deal with. Minimize your trips to the emergency room and make your vacations memorable (in a good way) by following these top 10 simple recommendations for safe travels:
1. Update the First Aid Kit
A decent first aid kit should have at a minimum bandaids, cleansing alcohol wipes, anti-bacterial cream, and gauze pads. Even if your child doesn’t necessarily need a bandaid, being able to put one on in case of a hurt thumb or bruised knee will make everything better.
2. Pack for the Location
Do a little research on your destination before you head out on your road trip. Are mosquitos prevalent in the area? Pack some repellant. Will you be doing a lot of walking? Tell the kids to leave the flip flops at home. Is it going to be chilly enough for a jacket? Throw one in the car.
3. Don’t Forget the Sunscreen
Almost nothing ruins a road trip or vacation than a sunburn. Rub or spray it on in the morning and throughout the day even if the sun isn’t out. The sun’s rays can still do damage to your skin and turn a fun time into a painful outing.
4. Carry Water
Some places don’t have water fountains. Other places have them, but they don’t work. It’s always a good idea to carry a few extra water bottles with you on any travel adventure. Dehydration is not something to be trifled with.
5. Oh, and Snacks
This is especially important for young children who need to eat more frequently. Throw some trail mix or granola bars into your purse or bag in case someone needs an emergency snack.
6. Make Frequent Stops
This is hard for many parents who want to get to their destination as quickly as possible, even if it means that the kids have to be strapped in the car for 12 hours at a time. Don’t be afraid to pull over once in a while so that you (and the kids) can stretch the legs. Those extra 10 minutes are definitely worth it.
7. Follow Warning Signs
Warning signs are there for a reason. Every year, visitors to national parks get killed or injured because they choose to ignore signs put in place by park staff warning of possible dangers. Teach your children that these are there for a reason and they should be followed at all times.
8. Maintain Adequate Nutrition
Long car trips, camping vacations, or hiking adventures can wear kids out. Be sure to feed them some added protein for some much needed energy when their reserves start to tank.
9. Wash Hands
This is an easy tip that is often overlooked. As you travel, and especially if you’re flying anywhere or are going to be in public places, it’s a good idea to have the kids wash their hands on a regular basis. This is the best method for keeping the germ count down.
10. Accept Life
Kids are kids and oftentimes that means that they will get sick or hurt at what seems like the worst time. Keep yourself sane by not letting anything like that frustrate you. Kids don’t try and get sick or injured, and getting frustrated at them for something that is (usually) beyond their control is not going to help anyone feel better.