No matter how well you have planned and prepared for your holiday it will not be worth the effort, or could evenbecome a living nightmare, if you do not do your utmost to ensure that youand your loved ones are safe!
Agree on important procedures in advance Procedures help to prevent panic! That’s why institutions carry out regular firedrills and the likes.
As a whole family, agree in advance what procedures to follow in the event of certain problems occurring:
Always tell at least 1 family member where you are going at anytime.
When necessary, always go in pairs e.g. to find a toilet.
Agree on a precise location to meet in the event of being lost or separated.
Put your mobile phone number into each family member’s pocket.
Put your holiday accommodation details into your children’s pockets.
Explain to children that, if lost,they should only go to a publicly open place should they need to make a phone-call to you i.e. to a sales assistant on a sales floor not into a back office room or to any random stranger!
Whether in your car, a taxi, on aplane or a bus, make sure that everyone has an allocated seat and is securely strapped in before moving off.
Do not allow children to stand upand wander around unnecessarily or todistract the driver.
Use something to remind yourself when you are driving on the opposite side of the road to that which you are used to (especially important at roundabouts).
Make sure that you are aware of regulations such as the need for booster seats and the permissable age for sitting in the front seat.
Understand the speed limit (Kilometres vs Miles per hour)
Lock your doors when stationary.
Take breaks to prevent tiredness ordistractions from children when driving!
In the sun:
Use sun screen on your children’s skin and keep babies less than a year old out of direct sunlight altogether.
Make sure that your child wears a sun hat (and protective sunglasses if they are obliging).
Only allow children to be in the sun for short periods. Where possible use a parasol or shade.
Where possible dress children incool, light-weight, longer length sleeves,trousers or skirts as opposed to strappyvests and shorts.
Choose protective, short wet-suitstyle swimming. costumes to protectchildren’s skin from UVA and UVB rayswhilst in the water.
Ensure that babies, children andadults drink plenty of fluids.
Take a siesta to avoid the midday sun.
Take precautions against sun damage even when the sky seems overcast!
Food and hygiene:
Use common sense! Avoid foods that have been left out in the heat for long. periods, that are surrounded by flies or that just look wrong!
Choose foods that are well-cooked.
If you are unsure about the quality of drinking water use a familiar brand of bottled water.
Make sure that you know the contents of what you are eating and drinking!
Choose restaurants that are well attended and where the kitchen is visible.
Do some restaurant research before you go, or ask for advice.
Carry a first-aid kit that contains:child and adult pain reliefassorted plastersantihistaminesunscreen and after sun lotiontweezersinsect repellentantiseptic creamcotton woola small bottle of water
Ensure that you are aware of, and all meet, the vaccination requirements of the country to which you are traveling.
Carry Mosquito nets etc. as needed.
Provide all medication required to treat ongoing illnesses or allergies affecting members of your family and ensure that details are available on that person where needed.
Make a note of any English speaking emergency helplines or information you might need (often provided with travel insurance)
Ensure that you have all of the relevant cover and documentation needed for family health insurance.