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10 Top Tips For Safe Summer Travel


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A good summer vacation can generate memories that stay with you long after you’ve returned home to your everyday routine. When something goes amiss on vacation that is often memorable, too, but for all the wrong reasons. We want families who read FamiliesGo! to have the best possible memories from all their travels, so we’re offering a list of tips for safe safe summer travel from some of our favorite family travel writers.

Here are the safe summer travel tips we think are most important.

Transit Know-How

Safe summer travel means having the inside scoop on local public transit.

summer travel safety includes knowing when to skip the subway 1. Just because a transit system is available well into the night, doesn’t mean you want to use it at all hours. I’ve ridden the NYC subway as late as 11:00 pm, but I wouldn’t ride it everywhere at that hour. In Mexico City we paid for cabs after about 7:00 at night. Ask your hotel concierge or another local insider how late you can safely take public trains and buses.

2. Subways and buses, especially crowded ones, create opportunities for petty theft. If you can, get out of the crowd by moving to the other end of the train car or bus, or by switching train cars. If you can’t, keep your bag in front of you or your hand on wallet pocket. Be especially aware of groups of noisy kids, who might be creating a diversion on purpose.

Preventing Theft and Loss

Safe summer travel means not haven your trip interrupted by the loss of theft of your valuables.

3. Michele Chan-Thompson of Malaysian Meanders suggests that “women to put their purse on their lap when eating out instead of hanging on the back of the chair or on the floor. It’s much harder to steal!”

4. ‪Rachael Brown of Nate & Rachel suggests splitting your cash among different pockets, zippers, and bags. “It’s a good idea to keep some cash and a credit card in a money clip in a pocket separate from your wallet.” Even if a thief or pickpocket get your wallet you still have cash and a credit card.

summer travel safety includes knowing who is around you.If you are going someplace where you know ATMs are readily available consider being conservative in the amount of cash you carry and getting more cash at regular intervals. If you do need to bring a lot of cash, don’t carry it all with you at any given time and consider a travel wallet that goes around your neck or waist, or travel clothes with hidden pockets.

5. ‪Heather Lopez of I Love Family Travel puts all of the customer service phone numbers for her credit cards in her phone and sends an email to herself. “If you lose your wallet or it gets lifted, you can easily call your card companies.

‪Karon Clark Warren of This Girl Travels, advises putting a photocopy of your passport in your suitcase or taking a photo of it on your phone. “So you have your passport info if your passport is lost or stolen.” You can email those passport photos to yourself, too, along with boarding passes, hotel information and other critical items.

6. Colleen Lanin of TravelMamas always buys travel insurance. “It not only protects you in case of illness or injury, but it also can help with a lost or stolen passport, an emergency funds transfer, or even a referral for legal help.”

While many people think to buy travel insurance to cover airline tickets, resort stays or cruises, they often forget to do it when they rent a vacation home. But if you have to pay in advance and it’s not refundable, then insurance for this can also be worthwhile.

Safe Kids

Safe summer travel means knowing where your kids are.

7. ‪Lanin dresses her kids in bright colors to prevent losing sight of them in busy public places. “We also assign a specific adult to watch each child at all times.” She cautions, don’t assume the other parent is watching them because they might be assuming the same thing!

summer travel safety includes a plan to preclude getting lostLindsay Nieminen of Carpe Diem Our Way is a fan of ID Bracelets for kids to young to memorize their parents’ names and phone numbers, especially in theme parks and other crowded places. “It only takes a second for them to wander around a corner.”

If you don’t want to buy custom ID bracelets, you can pin your business card or a piece of paper with your name and phone number in your child’s pocket (make sure they know it’s there).

8. La Jolla Mom‘s Katie Wood Dillon likes to have a plan in case her family members become separated in a hotel common area “I lived in a hotel and somehow only part of a family would make it on to the elevator.”

Having an agreed-on plan and meeting place is a good idea in any busy place. My daughter is still a bit young for that, but before heading into Disneyland last year I talked to her what to do if we were somehow separated; to find an employee, what to say and so on.

Personal Health

Safe summer travel also includes keeping ourselves healthy

summer travel safety includes drinking water.9.  ‪Becky Mladic Morales of Kid World Citizen says it’s easy to become dehydrated when traveling. “Our schedule gets messed up and we forget to drink, or we’re in dry environments like airplanes, or we’re holding back because we’re trying to avoid 50 bathroom breaks on a long road trip.” But, drinking water is crucial to good health.” And kids can become dehydrated much more quickly than adults. Dr. Sears says that if kids seem lethargic or grouchy, their lips are dry or it’s been a while since they’ve used the bathroom then it’s probably time to drink up.

10. Similarly in the old days parents knew the family hadn’t gotten too much sun when their kids were sunburned, but with ample sunscreen it’s easy to overdo the sun and hot weather and for heat exhaustion can sneak up on us—and again kids succumb more easily. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms can include goose bumps on a warm day, dizziness, fatigue, cramps, headaches and nausea. When they surface it’s time to loosen tight clothes, drink plenty of water and rest in a cool room.

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9 Comments

  1. June 14, 2016 at 5:31 am — Reply

    I leave most of the money with Gordon, and keep a stash in my bra. Weirdly a Venzualuan friend told me that is the first places thieves in his country go for. Go figure 🙂

  2. June 13, 2016 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    Great tips! Most of the crime we’ve seen or experienced has been while using public transportation. That doesn’t mean we don’t use it, we just try and be smart about it. Your tips are right on the money (no pun intended)!

  3. June 13, 2016 at 1:50 am — Reply

    Great tips! I am especially bad at making sure that my kids stay hydrated, especially on long flights. I need to utilize that tip about emailing credit card contact numbers to myself as I get ready for our next trip. In fact, it’s a useful tip even if you’re not traveling.

  4. June 12, 2016 at 12:31 am — Reply

    Hubby always splits money into different pockets as well as credit cards between us. Travel pants with deep and zippered pockets are great.. If you can, keep extra credit cards in a hotel safe when you go out on the town.

  5. June 10, 2016 at 11:27 pm — Reply

    So many good tips.
    We always split our money, and have several different places where it is hidden in out hotel room. Whilst the hotel safe is a good option I don’t necessarily trust the hotel employees who know how t break into the safe.
    We also remind our son that if he gets lost to look for an employee in uniform and to ask for help. I do like the idea of including a business card in their pockets.

  6. Maureen
    June 10, 2016 at 10:47 pm — Reply

    I love the tip to keep your cash in different pockets, zippers, or bags. I also love writing an email to yourself with all of the customer service phone numbers for your credit cards in case your wallet gets stolen. Very simple tasks, but very important! I also love the idea of the kids ID bracelets. My kids have them and wear them when they are in large crowds, like at the beach or at an amusement park.

    Maureen
    maureen.tenney@gmail.com

  7. June 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm — Reply

    Great idea to keep your cash in different pockets. I always keep mine in one single place and worry that it may disappear.

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