Traveling with children can add a special dimension to your next trip. Planning ahead ensures a safe experience for everyone. Follow these suggestions to make your next trip with children safe and enjoyable:
- Bring medications
Include a first aid kit, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer. Pack remedies for common ailments.
- Consult your pediatrician
Confirm that air travel is safe within two weeks of a child’s ear infection, surgery or illness. Ensure that immunizations are current.
- Carry legal documentation
Bring necessary paperwork to allow travel if you are not the child’s legal guardian.
- Bring water and snacks
Pack extra in case you are delayed or lost.
- Provide contact information
Keep identification and contact numbers with children. Practice what to do if they get separated from you.
- Use a locator device
Attach a small locator to your child’s belt or shoe. Keep the transmitter to help locate them if they wander off.
- Ensure car safety
Infants and young children should be correctly secured in a car seat. Older children should ride in ‘booster seats’ until able to safely wear your car’s seatbelt. Children under 13 should ride in a rear seat.
- Never leave children alone
Adult supervision is vital. Inside car temperatures can reach extreme levels in minutes. Keep children close while swimming or near water.