Children can reap huge benefits from travel but there are important safety precautions to take first.
Travel can be a life-changing experience for everyone, but especially for a child who has the opportunity to travel with their school or band or dance group. The first consideration when sending your child on a trip should always be safety. These tips help keep young travelers safe on the road, so share them with your child before the trip begins.
Pay attention to emergency procedures
However you travel, pay attention to safety demonstrations and emergency plans. Know emergency exit locations and how to use any equipment.
Most motorcoach accidents occur when passengers stand in aisles. Remain seated in a moving vehicle.
Travelers often stand out. Keep expensive watches or jewelry at home and don’t wear matching attire, to avoid loss, damage, or becoming a target for thieves.
Carry minimal cash
ATMs are available throughout the United States and around the world. Stash small amounts of cash in a zipped pocket and don’t open your wallet in crowded places.
Ensure you’re insured
If your healthcare plan doesn’t provide coverage abroad, consider purchasing travel insurance. Also check with your travel provider about their insurance policies.
Pack a simple first aid kit
Carry bandages, antibiotic cream and pain relievers with you for minor scrapes and bruises.
Keep track of prescriptions
Make travel leaders aware of any prescription medication your child is taking and keep in its original container. A prescription photocopy could help medications be more easily replaced if lost.
Your tour company should provide 24-hour security at overnight accommodations. Tell your child to keep hotel doors locked and chained, and never open the door to strangers.
Share contact information
Make sure you have the tour company phone and fax numbers, and make sure they have yours, to maintain contact you during any emergency.