Keeping My Family Safe When We Travel: Tips for Traveling Safely With Kids

Traveling with your family is an exciting adventure filled with new experiences and cherished memories. Whether you’re exploring a new city like Manhattan or venturing to a far flung destination, keeping your family safe when you travel is a priority. By following some simple safety travel tips, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey for everyone.

Royal Palace of Alcáçova at the University of Coimbra
Royal Palace of Alcáçova at the University of Coimbra. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

Safety Tips for Family Travel

Research your destination:

Before embarking on your family adventure, take the time to research your destination. Familiarize yourself with local customs, laws, and potential safety concerns. Make a detailed itinerary, including transportation arrangements and emergency contacts. We found this specially important when traveling internationally weather we’re visiting Guatemala or traveling with the kids to Spain.

family riding camels in Morocco
Our family riding camels in Morocco

Stay Together:

While exploring new places, it’s essential to stick together as a family. Establish a meeting point in case anyone gets separated, and ensure children know how to contact you or seek help if needed. Consider using wearable GPS trackers or brightly colored clothing to easily spot each other in crowded areas.

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Be Street Smart:

Encourage your family to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings, especially in busy tourist areas or unfamiliar neighborhoods. Avoid displaying valuables openly and keep belongings secure. Teach children to recognize and avoid potential risks, such as strangers offering gifts or asking for help.

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Use technology to keep you safe:

Embrace the power of technology to enhance your family’s safety while traveling. ExpressVPN recently ran a survey on cyber safety travel concerns and found some shocking results. For example, almost one in ten (9%) of American travelers have experienced cybercrime while on vacation, with financial fraud, including credit card, Google Pay, and Apple Pay fraud being the most common (39%).

Use smartphone apps for navigation, translation, and emergency assistance. Consider downloading safety-focused apps that provide real-time updates on weather alerts, local emergencies, and medical facilities nearby. Additionally, invest in a reliable Virtual Private Network (VPN), including a VPN for your mobile device, to encrypt your internet connection and protect sensitive data while using public Wi-Fi networks. Using a VPN adds an extra layer of security, safeguarding your family’s online activities and ensuring privacy, especially when accessing financial accounts or personal information on the go

Have an emergency plan and go over it:  

Wether you are spending the day at Disney or traveling overseas it’s important to talk with your children about an emergency plan. Make sure to discuss with them what they need to do if they get lost and who they can turn to for help.  Make sure everyone has everyone else’s contact information as well as emergency contact in case anything happens.

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Secure Your Belongings:

Keep passports, travel documents, and valuables close at hand in a secure and easily accessible location. Keep your eyes on your luggage at all times and use luggage locks and consider investing in anti-theft backpacks or purses with RFID-blocking technology to prevent theft or identity fraud.

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Importance of Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is your safety net in unpredictable situations. It provides coverage for medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost baggage, and other unforeseen events that could disrupt your family vacation. In the event of illness or injury while abroad, travel insurance ensures access to quality healthcare without worrying about exorbitant medical expenses. Additionally, travel insurance can reimburse you for non-refundable trip costs if you need to cancel or interrupt your journey due to covered reasons such as illness, injury, or severe weather. Before embarking on your family adventure, carefully review different travel insurance options to find the policy that best suits your needs and offers comprehensive coverage for peace of mind throughout your travels.

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Stay Hydrated and Rested:

Long journeys can be exhausting, especially for children. Encourage regular breaks for rest and hydration to prevent fatigue and discomfort. Pack snacks and filtering water bottles to keep energy levels up, and schedule frequent rest stops during road trips to stretch your legs and refresh.

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

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17 thoughts on “Keeping My Family Safe When We Travel: Tips for Traveling Safely With Kids”

  1. Excelente herramienta para estar conectados con nuestros seres queridos, cuando se requiere saber su ubicación. Sin duda un gran ventaja el tener la tecnología en la palma de nuestras manos.

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