If you believe everything you read in the media, it’s a big, bad world out there filled with potential dangers. And if you believe that, we’d never travel anywhere especially when we are concerned about our kids.
Take it from us, the world is not that scary, but we still gotta take care of our kids.
Below are some safety tips to keep in mind for travelling with kids so you can go away feeling relaxed, not anxious.
1. Childproof your room
Childproof your accommodation like you would your house.
When our kids were toddlers, we avoided floors high up with balconies when booking hotels and apartments, or made sure to lock the sliding door and stow away the keys.
We would also remove chairs from balconies or anything that could be used as a ladder.
At one hotel in Thailand, there was a large gap in the railing that our youngest could have stuck her body through and crashed to the pavement below. We couldn’t sit and relax on the balcony.
Also make sure beds can’t be used to climb out open windows and secure those windows.
And watch out for bunk beds too. Make sure they have safety railings secured and remove the ladders to prevent toddlers from climbing up.
Check that electrical outlets are covered, there’s no exposed electrical wires, cords from blinds can’t be wrapped around necks, sharp knives and other dangers in the kitchen are out of reach.
And keep your hotel door locked so they can’t escape. We still don’t know how our youngest did this when she was three, but she snuck out of our hotel room in Melbourne, got in the lift and found her way down to the lobby whilst we were occupied with packing – a terrifying moment!
2. Make smart choices
Know your child’s limits and capabilities and think about the environment you’re in to keep your family safe.
Don’t take a 10 km hike in the middle of a hot summers day. We stupidly attempted this in Africa and almost ended up with severe heat stroke.
We also went hiking in Colorado which is known for afternoon electrical thunderstorms. Again we started our hike too late and ended up on a mountain top in the middle of a storm – scary and not smart!