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Safety First: Tips & Tricks for Preparing For a Summer Family Vacation

Safety First: Tips & Tricks for Preparing For a Summer Family Vacation

The summer is almost here, bringing warmer weather perfect for traveling with your family. So, if you’re planning a trip anytime soon, make sure to protect your family and yourself with these safety tips and tricks. Only a safe trip is a fun trip, especially with kids in tow, so prep well. 

Get health insurance

It’s no use worrying about all the things that can happen while away from home—this will only ruin your vacation. If you prepare well, there’s really nothing to keep you from having fun. So, make sure to get travel health insurance for the entire family that will provide you with all the healthcare help you might need abroad. Also, talk to your family and create an emergency plan so that everyone knows what to do if something unpleasant happens. 

Check your vehicle

In order to have a fun and safe family vacation, first you need to get there! If you’re going by car, make sure to examine every part of it and ensure it’s in top shape. Pay special attention to tires, fluids and hoses. Also, you can put together a little emergency survival kit with a few car parts, first aid items and snacks. In case anything happens, you will be able to remove the issue or wait for rescue in relative comfort. 

Get car insurance

Even if your car is in perfect health before you start your trip, there are dozens of things that can go wrong when you’re away from home. Luckily, getting insurance before you embark can save you a lot of trouble, just make sure to do some research and choose car insurance quotes that work best for you. A good deal can cover you in case of an accident, natural disaster, fire, theft and damage to your or someone else’s property. Additionally, you can also get emergency roadside assistance to come and rescue you in case your vehicle refuses to cooperate. You don’t want to be stranded somewhere with young kids in the car that’s for sure.

Prevent germs from spreading

Every time you leave your house, you risk exposure to new germs and allergens, so it’s especially important to be safe from germs when you’re thousands of miles from home. While it’s much safer to travel by car in today’s situation, it still doesn’t mean you’re 100% safe. Make sure to stock up on wet wipes, disinfectants, masks, and paper napkins. Also, practice frequent hand washing and cover your face when coughing and sneezing. As you probably know, kids love to touch everything they see, so have a careful talk about hand cleanliness and keep a careful eye on what they touch and where they put their little hands. 

Protect your family from the sun

When the sun is strong, it’s ultraviolet rays can damage your eyes, skin, immune system and even cause skin cancer. While spending moderate time outside and catching some warm rays will definitely feel amazing and won’t cause any health issues, make sure to practice smart sun exposure. Young kids need a hat with a large brim to protect the face. Applying and reapplying sunscreen is also smart (SPF 15 or higher, preferably waterproof). All in all, some warming sun will make all of you feel amazing both physically and mentally, but make sure to prevent nasty burns. 

Get safety gear

The summer is the perfect time for renting bikes or scooters on your vacation and exploring the area. Warm weather and fresh air will shoo away all the gloomy winter feels, so don’t hesitate to grab your kids and have an active outdoorsy adventure. However, in order to stay safe, make sure everyone has helmets and proper illumination. Youngsters will also need knee and elbow pads and some additional visibility clothing to prevent any accidents. 

Practice food safety

Munching on various new foods during your vacation is one of the best things about traveling. However, in order to stay safe from tummy aches, make sure to buy food from certified spots and wash all fruits and veggies before you toss them into your mouth. Only choose water and beverages that are bottled and sealed. 

If you prep like this, you can expect a wonderful and safe trip that will stay in everyone’s good memory. So, pack your bags, book some tickets and give your family a wonderful family trip to remember. 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. This post is written by one of our writers Lana Hawkins. This post may contain affiliate links. About the author: Lana is a stay-at-home mom, writer, and interior design enthusiast. She loves writing about interiors, but her specialty is landscape design. She enjoys playing in the kitchen and cooking for her friends and family, spending time in nature, and learning about other cultures by traveling. She is a regular contributor to smoothdecorator.com



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