Summer is quickly approaching, which means many wonderful opportunities as far as the weather is concerned. For those parents with children that are about to see an extended holiday away from the classroom, vacation opportunities are certainly in the mix for the busy summer agenda.
Traveling with kids is an exciting, yet stressful time for a parent. And with the summer winds bringing new life and energy to kids, it is of keen importance to keep them safe and sound on their adventures. These are ten summer safety tips in regards to travel.
Be Weary of the Plants
If you and your family are vacationing at a national park, or a place with forestry and lots of vegetation, it is important to know what poisonous plants may be lurking in the area. Educate not only yourself, but also your children and always carry some over-the-counter medication in case direct contact to poison ivy or another poisonous plant occurs.
Hot Cars are Dangerous
When you are stopping to fuel up your vehicle, or even at a rest stop, make sure to always bring the kids with you. This may seem mundane, but hot cars are dangerous and even if you are only leaving for a minute, don’t leave them, or a pet inside a hot vehicle.
Put on the Sunscreen
It is crucial to apply sunscreen to your children, no matter the pigment of their skin. Apply at least an SPF 30 whenever y’all are out in the sun; the sun is a beautiful thing, but it can cause several skin maladies, so be precautious as you play.
Seat Belts Please
Again, this safety tip may seem a bit rudimentary, but one can never be too careful with the little ones. Whether you travel by train up the California coast, by plane over the Great Plains, or go on a road trip to the Smoky Mountain, make sure the kids are buckled and secured in their seats.
When taking trips to the beach, water parks, or a hotel pool, be sure that the kids either have life preserver jackets on, or some way of being safe in the water.
Who doesn’t love water? Make sure the kids get plenty of it while traveling this summer. Hydration is key.
If your family decides to do something enthralling like bicycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, or up some mystical trail, make sure everybody wears a helmet.
Eat Healthy on the Road
Gut curdling fast food options may be tempting while you are traveling with the family: resist them. Instead go for things like string cheese, wheat crackers, nuts, and carrots for easy snacks on the go.
If you take medications, secure them in a safe place away from children.
Have a First-Aid Kit
With little kids, it is more likely than not that they will get scrapes or bruises. Be sure to have a first-aid kit.