Child Safety Series Part 3: Holiday Travel Safety
It’s that time of year again – time to start preparing for the annual holiday trip. But unlike what the definition of “vacation” suggests, holiday travel is a completely different bag of toys – riddled with traffic, crowds, delays, stress and … children.
10 Child Safety Tips for Holiday Travel
The Law Office of D. Hardison Wood understands the chaos that is traveling during the holidays, and we know that traveling with children tends to intensify the pandemonium. That’s why we’ve dedicated Part 3 of our Child Safety Series to helping your entire family travel safely and efficiently this holiday season. Check out our 10 holiday travel safety tips below!
- Use a car seat. This is a no-brainer. Don’t run the risk of injuring your child or getting a ticket by not strapping them into a booster seat. Also, remember to check the car seat laws if traveling interstate, as they change from state-to-state.
- Download child-friendly games on your mobile phone. There are now child-friendly apps for your phone that keep your children entertained for longer trips. They’ll enjoy some mobile fun and you’ll be grateful for some peace and quiet.
- Utilize child-locators. New child-locators allow you to spot your child’s location from anywhere. Simply strap a tiny location unit to your child’s belt or shoe and you’ll be able to keep tabs on their whereabouts from a mobile transmitter.
- Flying? Take your time. When traveling with your child, be prepared for a longer trip than expected. Because children do not understand the required punctuality of air travel, be sure to arrive at the airport EARLY!
- Avoid sugar. Trust us – the last thing you need when traveling during the holidays is a child on a sugar rush. Instead, pack some heartier snacks, such as string cheese, pretzels, fruit, etc.
- Bring sanitary wipes. Germs run rampant through the big holiday crowds, especially in airports and on airplanes. To combat sickness, bring some wet wipes and hand sanitizer and keep your child up to par.
- Pack medicine ahead of time. Give yourself time to thoroughly divide, organize and pack any medication for your child. Packing up during the last-minute rush to get out the door could cause you to forget an important prescription.
- Pack for the climate. It sounds obvious, but it’s easy to overlook the climate of your holiday destination. We urge you to check the weather for your trip and pack your child’s suitcase accordingly.
- Check passports. Child passports expire every 5 years, so don’t assume your kid’s is valid. Now is the time to examine all passports and renew any expired documents before you embark in a few weeks.
- Prepare your relatives. Visiting friends/relatives this year? If they don’t have children, their home may not be child-proof like yours. So, be sure to educate your hosts beforehand on how to prepare their living space and notify them of any other accommodations your child needs.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Thank you for following our Child Safety Series. We hope you’ve found a helpful guide to a happy and memorable holiday with your child, and we wish nothing but the best to everyone this season. Do not hesitate to contact the personal injury experts at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood for more safety tips, insights or legal assistance. We are eager to do our part to help you!