This is a collaborative post.
When you go on a trip with your family, it can be quite stressful at times. Everyone who has ever taken children abroad will know just how worrying it can be, and how difficult. If you are not careful, you might end up being more stressed than actually enjoying the holiday for what it is. Of course, one of the most important things to be aware of here is safety. You need to make sure that you are staying safe, and that your whole family are too. In this post, we will look at how you can make sure of that, regardless of where in the world you are going.
Make Sure Everyone Has A Phone
First of all, this is one of those situations where you really want your children to have their own mobile phones. With a phone on them, they will always be able to call you, or you them, if they get lost or anything else happens, and that in itself can give you a feeling of great security unlike anything else. You should also seek out the help of a service which offers a child monitoring app – this will help you to find your child if they do get lost, thus removing a lot of the stress from the situation. Finally, make sure that everyone’s phone is always charged.
You might not want to look identical, of course (and your teenagers certainly won’t want to), but as long as you are dressing somewhat alike, you are going to find that this really helps you to stay together and stay safe. It means you can easily find each other in crowded areas, and you will also feel like more of a team. This can even help to deter people who might otherwise be looking to mug you, for example. Make sure you have similar outfits wherever you go together.
Empower Your Children
Some parents, in their desperation to keep their children safe, find themselves scaring their children into behaving in a certain way. While it is certainly wise to ensure that your children understand the dangers, you shouldn’t be out to simply scare them. In fact, you will find that they are going to stay a lot safer if you empower them rather than scare them, so that is the focus that you should aim for most of all. That will ensure that they are going to remain safer.
Decide On A Secret Code
One of the basic rules of thumb when traveling with family is to have a secret code that you can use. You can use it in a variety of situations, for example if someone is in danger they can text this word to you so you know they need you. Or if you need to send a taxi to collect your child, you can instruct the driver to pass the code on. This is a very effective way of keeping everyone as safe as possible.