Family Travel Safety Tips


Do you know the top travel safety tips? Here they are:

Prior to Traveling

  • Never post travel plans on social media.
  • Make copies of your health plan card, driver's license and other vital documents, then scan them and e-mail to yourself, and give hardcopies to a trusted person.
  • Give this trusted person your out-of-town contact information.
  • Assemble crucial contacts if you end up in trouble while away.
  • Learn what your various insurance plans cover and make any needed adjustments.
  • If the trip involves lengthy driving, stock the car with appropriate supplies such as water, food, a fully charged cell phone, etc.

What to Bring

  • Medications, a thermometer-a basic first aid kit.
  • A roll of duct tape. This super sticky tape will come in handy for holding together burst luggage or sealing a room from fire smoke.
  • Your laptop or smartphone for online operations-because public or hotel computers are often infected with malware that will capture your login information and feed to hackers.

What to Do Once There

  • Avoid driving at night.
  • And when you do drive, make sure you're awake and sober.
  • Make sure the hotel room is child proofed to the best of your ability.
  • Know the number of doors between your room and the emergency exit should you need to escape a fire in the dark.
  • Require that all members of your party have a hotel business card on them at all times.
  • Forbid your children to run ahead of you including on the beach or in a park. Call me a schmuck, but inform your young kids that running ahead of you in the hotel or a crowded plaza is a punishable offense (e.g., no cotton candy).
  • Use ATMs only inside banks, never public ones (which could be set up by thieves). And even then, shield your hand when entering the PIN, since thieves might have set up a hidden camera.
  • Even if there's just you and one other adult, always have a backup plan in case you get separated.

Tell your kids if they get lost, to approach only a woman for help, or any police officer.

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