Family Getaways: Summer Vacation Safety Tips

Vacations are supposed to be stress-free getaways filled with fun, right? Just you, the family and relaxation.

Unfortunately that’s not always the case. Your daughter might forget her favorite hairbrush, or your son his favorite toy. You yourself may remember, suddenly, your wallet isn’t in your purse.

Make sure the behind-the-scenes logistics are taken care of with these tips so you can get on the road or in the air – or just stay home – and have a vacation the way a vacation should be!

Get ID Cards for Kids

It’s a good idea to keep identification cards for each of your children in your purse or wallet at all times – even if you’re on a staycation. Identification cards should include name, height, weight, hair color, eye color, date of birth, a photo and your contact information. In an emergency, you can let the card do the talking for you. Many police departments will provide child ID cards free of charge, or you can print up your own at home to tuck in your wallet.

Remember to Lock Up

This may seem like a no-brainer, but simply locking your rental car will go a long way toward reducing crime. Being in a different place, on a different schedule and most likely in a rush, could make you forget. So take your time and double check.


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Don’t Be Too Tourist-y

Tourists are easy targets, especially in popular destinations. Be wary of people approaching you on the street, because a typical ploy is to distract you with a story while you are being pickpocketed.

Copy That!

Before you leave, make a list of all your credit cards and their numbers (and anything else you carry around in your wallet) and store them in a safe place at home. Make copies of them if that’s easier. If your wallet is lost or stolen, you'll have a ready-made list of who to call to cancel your cards and order replacements.

Check Additional Resources

Thinking of traveling abroad? All current travel alerts, as well as articles about safe travel, are usually on government travel sites of both your home country and the country you’re considering traveling to. Doing the extra planning in advance will make the whole trip much more enjoyable.

Remember to travel smart — and, most importantly, have fun!

Read useful child care tips here.

Read interesting ways to spend time with your family and improve your family life here.

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