Traveling with children can be a truly enriching and educational experience. From helping a child pack their clothes to choosing their favorite toy to bring with them, many parents can gain a lot of joy from traveling with their children. If this is your child’s first time traveling, it’s important that you teach them a few of the basics. This will not only keep them safe, but it’s also a learning experience for the next time they travel. Read on to learn traveling tips you can teach your children while they’re young.
Rule #1 – Safety First
The first tip you should always teach your children is the importance of safety. Since they’re going to a foreign area, tell them that they should always stay close and not to wander. If you’re staying in a hotel, make sure that they know the name of the hotel they’re going to be residing in. Granted, this is only if your child is able to understand what you’re telling them. If you have a child that’s younger than three or four, equip them with a small ID bracelet, or put an emergency travel card in their pocket. As for travel safety, always make sure your child is wearing a seatbelt, regardless if you’re taking a plane, a train or your own car. Seat belts saved 14,995 lives in 2017, so it’s important to teach your children the need to wear a seat belt even when on vacation.
Rule #2 – Electronics Away
Let’s face it, technology has altered daily life to the point it has become a necessity. However, it’s important to limit your use of electronics while you’re on the road. You want your kids to enjoy the trip and everything they’re going to experience, not have them sit on their electronics. If it’s going to take a while to get to your destination, using electronics to keep your children distracted until you get there is fine. But once you do arrive, have them stash away their electronics. This way, they’ll be able to fully enjoy the beauty and fun of the environment around them.
Rule #3 – Stay Alert
Another important tip to teach your kids while they’re still young is to always remain alert. You never know what can happen while you’re traveling, especially when kids are involved. Educate your children on how to stay alert. Let them know the importance of always paying attention to their surroundings. Also let them know what kinds of things to look for so that they can identify “tricky people” and teach them ways to defend themselves and alert you if they encounter someone who is trying to harm or kidnap them. The safer your kids are, the better.
With these tips in mind, you’re now ready to hit the open road with your children. However, even with these tips, there is one thing that you should always keep in mind: You are the parent. It’s your responsibility to ensure your children are well-equipped to travel.