Getting ready to take a trip with the little ones? Sure, you need all the supplies and toys to keep them occupied, plus some snacks to curb those hunger pangs. But before you start making your packing list, make a safety list of things you need to prepare for to make sure your child is safe while traveling. Here at Wiesner Buick GMC Newsletter in Conroe, Texas, we have five tips for things you don’t want to overlook.
Grab the Car Seat Before You Go
It may be obvious that you need to have a good car seat if you’re traveling by car, but don’t forget it when boarding a plane. Strapping your child into a car seat on a plane adds some extra protection, but you will probably also need it when you arrive at your destination. If you are visiting relatives, they may not have access to car seats when you travel in their cars. Or if you plan to rent a car when you arrive at your locale, you’ll need the car seat once you hit the road.
Never Leave a Child Alone in the Car
Even if you’re just dashing in to the front desk to check in at your hotel, never leave a child unattended in your car. Too much can go wrong, even if you think nothing will happen. One of the biggest concerns is the risk of heat-related deaths of children being left in hot cars.
Create a Game Plan
Busy airport terminals can be a place where a darting toddler might possibly get out of your line of sight. If you’re planning on going into crowded areas, consider getting a child safety harness to keep them from roving too far. If your child is older, create a game plan of what to do if you are accidentally separated. Having a plan in place before getting lost will help calm nerves and hopefully result in a quick reunion.
Stay Germ Free
Keep kids safe from germs by supplying yourself with plenty of bottles of hand sanitizer. You can even buy small bottles along with a case around it that can loop into a belt loop or purse strap. Make sure to encourage frequent hand washing with your child — whether they are using the hand sanitizer or soaping up at a sink. It’s especially important before eating meals and after touching high traffic objects like doorknobs and handrails.
If you’re traveling out of the country, ask your pediatrician if your child needs any additional vaccines. It’s also a good time to make sure he is up to date on all of the routine vaccinations.
With a little bit of advance planning, you can ensure that your trip is a safe and happy experience for your entire family.