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Family vacation guide: 4 travel safety tips with kids & children

Travel Safety Tips for Kids - Great Eastern Life Malaysia

Life has its fair share of thrills and adventures. As parents, you want to share the joys of travelling with your child to allow them to explore different cultures and broaden their mindsets. However, your kids' health and safety are a priority during holiday travels. Here are some essential ways to help you keep your children safe and healthy on your next family vacation.

How to travel safely with your kids?


1. Research the destination beforehand

Before embarking on your holiday journey, it's crucial to research your destination thoroughly. For example, familiarise yourself with the local safety and health conditions, including information about prevalent diseases, unsafe areas, or extreme weather conditions. Stay updated on the recommended vaccinations for the specific location you're visiting and ensure your child's immunizations are up to date. Additionally, learn a few common phrases if your travel destination uses a different language. Knowing their mother tongue helps you communicate with ease when asking for assistance. 

2. Teach personal safety precautions

Educate your children about personal safety precautions, especially when travelling to unfamiliar places. For instance, discuss the concept of "stranger danger" and establish clear guidelines about where your children can go and explore on their own. Always emphasise the importance of staying together as a family in crowded or unfamiliar areas.

Depending on their age and maturity level, a mobile phone or a walkie-talkie can be useful tools for added safety. Instruct them to reach out to you immediately if they feel uncomfortable or encounter any issues.

3Maintain proper hygiene

Maintaining proper hygiene is crucial to prevent the spread of illnesses during your travels. Pack hand sanitizers and encourage your children to use them regularly, especially after touching public surfaces or before eating. In crowded places, wearing masks can provide an extra layer of protection against airborne diseases. Teach your kids the importance of proper handwashing with soap and water, as it is one of the most effective ways to prevent the transmission of germs. Selecting eateries that have a good hygiene rating can also minimise the risk of foodborne illnesses.

4. Prepare for possible sickness

Despite taking preventive measures there is always a possibility that your child may fall sick during your vacation.  Pack necessary medications and first aid supplies for common ailments. Having a well-stocked first aid kit can come in handy for minor injuries or illnesses. Your child's health is a priority, and being prepared can help you handle unexpected situations more effectively.

Research the quality of healthcare services available locally to ensure that you can access medical assistance if needed. Carry a list of emergency contact numbers and addresses of nearby hospitals or clinics. If your child does fall sick, seek medical attention promptly and follow the advice of healthcare professionals.

By taking certain precautions and following these essential tips, you can help safeguard your kids' health and safety during holiday travels. Remember to research your destination, teach personal safety precautions, maintain proper hygiene, and be prepared for potential health issues. Enhance your children's safety and create unforgettable memories with a reliable travel insurance plan from Great Eastern. Explore a comprehensive range of medical benefits, including emergency medical evacuation and repatriation. Safeguard your children's well-being and enjoy the moments together during your wonderful holiday trip. Subscribe to Great Eastern's Travel Insurance today and embark on a worry-free adventure of a lifetime.

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