10 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe When Traveling

Traveling with kids is all about fun and spontaneous encounters. Keeping your kids safe during your family vacation is crucial to ensure everyone stays happy on vacation. Travel safety is a non-negotiable no matter how near or far your destination is.

Kids are by nature curious and fearless, they would do things that spark their minds especially when you embark on eye-opening trips that spark their curiosity. If you're a parent who enjoys embarking on adventures with your children, maintaining a safe and attentive presence during your vacation can spare you a great deal of trouble.

In this article we share a list of tips to keep your kids safe when traveling.

Family travel and siblings having fun at the field


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Keeping Kids Safe After Dark


Safety Stickers for Kids

Safety contact ID stickers or tattoos for kids are great for taking the kids out and about without the worry of losing them in the crowd. These temporary non-toxic tattoos are customizable and easy to stick onto your kid's skin. You can print your name and your number on the tattoo and save your worry in case your child gets lost in the crowd. Safety tattoos are ideal and provide that extra assurance that you can be contacted in the event that your kids do get lost!


Another amazing benefit of these safety temporary tattoos for kids is that you can personalise the messages. This is a simple and fun way to keep your child safe at all costs. Give the safety tattoos a try on your next family travel.


Pack a Proofing Safety Kit

Baby proofing or kid proofing your hotel room as you arrive will make your home away from home safer. Hotel rooms will feel like you are within the comforts of your home if you know no sharp edges, loose cords, or any hazardous items that can potentially cause accidents.


Having a proofing safety kit ready will help you avoid mishaps before they occur. For private short-term rental accommodation, keep an eye out for "danger zones" and signs like under the sinks, chemicals within the bathroom, and sharp objects in the pantry that must be addressed upon your arrival. 


Disinfect to Prevent Stomach Bugs

One of the most annoying things that ruin a vacation is stomach bugs! To ensure we are armed against germs, cleaning, sanitizing, or disinfecting the travel items your child often touches will keep stomach bugs away!

Kids running and having fun in the rain on their family vacation 

Think about the tray table and tv screen on the plane. Even inside your hotel rooms, it is ideal to make sure everything is disinfected especially the ones that are often used or touched. Doorknob and remote control are the most common items inside the hotel room that are used all the time. Thus, it is best to wipe them off as often as you can. Additionally, it is important not to let your child drink tap water and op for bottled water instead.


Protection from Insects

Insects can irritate your children's skin and cause severe reactions. Mosquitoes and other bugs thrive in tropical locations so be prepared before going on your vacation.


There are many insect repellent sprays and lotions you can arm your kids with that are pesticide-free and organic. Some even have calming and aromatic scents such as eucalyptus, soybean oil, cedar bark, peppermint, rosemary, and citronella. These scents are effective in keeping harmful bugs away from your kid's sensitive skin.


Make sure to choose the one that is non-toxic and can repel various common bugs around. We are a fan of repellent stickets that we stick on clothing. Otherwise, there are mosquito repellent bracelets that you can wear around your wrist or ankle. These easy-to-adjust bands come with refillable diffusion pellets and have velcro fittings that work for both kids and grown-ups. Whether strolling through a forest or snoozing on a sunbed make sure your family are protected.


Prevent Sunburn

Whenever you are on a beach vacation, ensure everyone in the family is protected from the sun. Kids will happily play under the sun for hours without noticing the impacts of the sun. Keep your child protected against the scorching heat of the sun, use SPF 30+ sunscreen and make sure you re-apply every 80mins. Rash guards are also ideal to protect your child from the sun when hanging out by the sea.


Brim hats are also a must for kids as it acts as an effective travel item that protects your child's face and neck from direct sunlight. By being sun smart during your vacation, you can protect your family and yourself and minimizing the chances of suburn.


Pack a Complete First-Aid Kit

There are times when accidents happen despite all planning, prevention, and preparation. Children can get sick with the simplest encounters. Nausea and motion sickness are common during a flight or at sea.


Some kids also have sensitive stomachs and may not be used to different foods. So, remember to pack a complete first-aid kit and have it ready with you at all times. Some must-haves include:

  • Antacids - for stomach pain relief 
  • Pain relief - for fever
  • Benadryl - in case of allergy
  • Aloe vera - for sunburn relief 
  • Anti-itch spray or lotion - for rash or bug bite
  • Antiseptic and bandages


Car Seats

For the safety of your child, car seats are a must on a road trip. Bring your own or rent car seats at your destination.


You may also decide to use a car seat on the plane for your child. This will provide them a familiar space to sit, rest and sleep during the flight. Make sure the car seat you bring with you is FAA approved.


Carry On Suitcase Stroller

Another simple way to breeze through the airport is to use an ultra-compact suitcase stroller that will transport your child from one point to another and provide effortless, stress-free parenting on-the-go. The TernX Carry On, is the world's first luggage stroller that meets international standards and the best stroller to fly with. TIME Magazine even named it an essential travel upgrade that's making airport travel with kids a while lot easier.

TernX Carry On Stroller named TIME Best Inventions

A lightweight travel stroller will help transport your child through the airport seemlessly and avoid the need to carry you child for long periods of time. This suitcase stroller also allows you to have you belongings with you. It is durable, easy to maneuver, and strategically sized to fit in the overhead compartment of a plane. 


Made with recycled German polycarbonate and aerospace aluminium, the TernX Carry On is engineered to last. Hop on a bus, catch the train, jump in a taxi, cruise away on a ship, or fly to the other side of the world! it's ready to go from your very first step.


Pool and Water Safety

Water hazards are one of the most common injuries for kids who enjoy plunging into the pool. Water safety tricks are the key to keeping your kids away from hurting themselves. If your children enjoy playing around the pool with other kids, it is important to have them wear non-slip water shoes as it will significantly reduce the chances of your child slipping on a slippery floor.


Kids can get very excited and may not be aware of the depth of the pool itself. Make sure they are constantly under supervision. If your child is learning how to swim, ensure they have floaties on to prevent any panic attacks just in case they are thrown off balance.


Some resort pools have lifeguards on duty and this is a bonus, but please make sure your child is supervised as it is your responsibility to keep an eye of your child.


Keeping Kids Safe After Dark

Losing your kids in broad daylight can be less alarming than losing them after dark. It is scary for you and even scarier for kids! To make sure your kids are in plain sight or easy to spot in the dark, make them glow! Glow lights, glow necklaces, glow bracelets, or even flashlights are simple gadgets to provide a little bit of security at night. 


Dressing up your kids in bright colors is another smart way to make sure they are visible at night. Light-colored shirts, a neon hat, or a glowing pair of shoes will do the trick. Otherwise, reflective strips taped on their back are another trick that enhances their visibility at night.


Keep Your Kids Safe and Enjoy Your Vacation

Before your long-awaited vacation, here are a few final thoughts.

  • Have your kids visit their pediatrician to ensure they are all good to take the trip.
  • Research a doctor at your destination so you have someone ready just in case your child gets sick.
  • When you are at your destination or just hanging out by the beach, keep an eye on our child at all times.
  • Discuss the concept of "stranger danger" to your kids.
  • Teach your kids what to do when they get lost.
  • Choose bright and attractive clothing for your kids when traveling. It will be easier to spot them in crowded areas.
  • Take a photo of your child before you leave your hotel. It will come in handy just in case your child wanders off in the mall or theme park. You will have something to show staff what your kid is wearing and what he/she looks like.

Traveling with your kids is a great way to improve your bond and have fun as a family, that is why you should travel with kids. We hope this article will give you a head start in keeping your toddler safe during your family holiday. 



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