Visiting a different country can be a great way for your children to broaden their horizons and learn about cultures other than the one they’re used to. But while there are countless benefits to traveling around the world with your young family, there are also things that you and your little ones should be on the lookout for and make yourself aware of from a safety standpoint. So before you jet set off to a beautiful resort in Bali or a chalet in the Alps, here are three safety tips you may want to follow before taking your kids overseas.
Talk About The Possible Situations Of Your Upcoming Trip
Depending on what area of the world you’re planning to visit, the dangers that your family may face will vary. However, despite your final destination, there is always the potential for danger to find your family, even in the areas that may seem to be the safest. So to ensure that you and your kids are prepared for whatever you might face, Heather Greenwood Davis, a contributor to National Geographic, recommends that you start your trip with a safety briefing about things your kids might encounter. These things might include getting lost or becoming separated from you, run-ins with law enforcement or military personnel, wild animals, and bad weather. By talking about how to handle these situations before they arise, you and your kids will be better prepared to tackle these potentially scary situations if they happen.
Get Your Kids Immunized
When traveling to different parts of the world, you’re potentially exposing your children to germs and bacteria that they haven’t come in contact with before in their home. Because of this, Bruce Kirkby and Christine Pitkanen, contributors to Travel Channel, advise you to get your kids properly immunized a few weeks before your planned departure date. When you’re visiting your child’s doctor, it’s recommended that you get both the required and recommended vaccinations for everyone in your family so that you can have peace of mind regardless of what diseases or illnesses you might run into while traveling.
Give Them A Cell Phone
One of the worst things that can happen for both a parent and a child when traveling is getting separated from each other. When your children are very little, you likely won’t let them out of your sight or out of your grasp. But as your kids get a little older, more freedom will likely come. So to ensure that neither of you is ever really lost from each other, Belinda Luscombe, a contributor to Travel and Leisure, suggests that you give each of your children a cell phone that’s always charged and programmed with important phone numbers, like for your cell phone, the police in the area, your embassy, and the lodging you’re staying at.
If you plan to travel overseas with your children in the future, consider using the tips mentioned above to help keep your family safe.