Travelling is amazing. It’s a great way for your kids to interact with the world beyond their home circles. Days out to museums are fun for the whole family and educational for your children. So it’s important to have as many days like these while you can. However, you have to be realistic; your kids don’t know their way around their new surroundings so the chances of them getting lost are greatly increased. Before you visit a new city or travel to a new country, it’s important to go over a few safety tips.
Keep an eye on as few kids as possible
Do you remember school trips to London where you had to pair up and stay in a single file? Adopt similar precautions to your teachers to make sure you don’t lose one of your kids in an unfamiliar city. If possible, assign one parent to one kid so you only have to worry about that child or at least split them as evenly as possible. This is also why schools need volunteers for field trips.
Maintain physical contact
Hold their hands if you’re walking in a crowded area. Or put them in the carrier if they’re still small enough. If you’re going to be walking around after dark, buy some cheap neon bracelets so it’s easier to spot your kids in the dark.
If you kids are old enough give them contact information such as your phone number or the address of your hotel, and instruct them to keep it safe. Some parents also suggest writing your phone number on your child’s arm in Sharpie to reduce the risk of losing your number. The Sharpie will wash off in a few days. If you’re staying at a hotel, be sure to take a few business cards from the front desk and stick them in everyone’s pockets.
Explain who is safe to approach
In the unlikely scenario that you get separated your kids need to know what to do. Staying put is sound advice but it won’t be advisable in a crowded area. If you get separated in stores, museums, or on public transport, the safest person to approach is an employee. In the middle of the street, tell your children the best person to approach is a family with children and ask them to call you using the contact information you’ve given them.
Retrace your steps
While you’re walking around an unfamiliar city with your kids, point out any landmarks and ask how you got there from the last landmark you pointed out. This will show your children somewhere you’re likely to find them and helps them remember how to get back there.
Take a picture of your kids before you set off, and keep it on your mobile. It may seem like an extreme step but if you do get separated it’s a good idea to show people what your kids are wearing so you find them quickly.
*This is a collaborated post.