Keeping Your Family Safe on Summer Vacations
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about Keeping Your Family Safe on Summer Vacations.
Summer is synonymous with sun and fun, being the best time of the year for families to set off on those much-needed vacations. It’s a great season to simply forget your worries, leave your usual working routine behind, and make happy memories with loved ones by your side, but it’s also important to make sure that you approach your summer trips and travels with care.
A lot of people tend to travel in summer, meaning that levels of road traffic can be immensely high and huge crowds build up at popular family attractions. This can raise new risks for your family to worry about, from higher-than-average rates of auto accidents to chances of children getting lost in public places. Here are some top safety tips for the best family vacations in summer.
Do Your Research
One of the first tips to follow when it comes to planning safe summer vacations for you and your loved ones is to take your time and plan your trip with care, carrying out all of the necessary research before you go. This might sound like a boring part of the process, but it’s absolutely invaluable when it comes to keeping you safe and helping your family have the most fun.
The internet is filled with resources that can help you choose safe, family-friendly destinations, and you can even use websites to find places that may be less busy during the summer months. You can also research the safest hotels and accommodation options, find the best ways to travel to avoid accident-prone areas, and learn more tips like these to stay safe.
A big issue with summer travel is that it’s simply so popular, meaning that the roads can be especially chaotic around Memorial Day and leading into the summer months. With more cars on the roads and hot temperatures making many people a little flustered and frustrated when sat behind the wheel for many hours at a time, the risk of auto accidents can be higher than normal in some parts of the country.
So even if you’re just planning a cross-state drive to visit grandma and grandpa, you have to do what it takes to stay safe on the way. Make sure to obey speed limits, avoid distractions, avoid medications that might make you drowsy behind the wheel, and stay alert, attentive, and focused on your surroundings to get to your destinations without any unpleasant incidents.
Sunscreen and Appropriate Clothing
If you’re traveling during the summer months, it’s highly likely that you’ll be heading somewhere sunny and warm. Whether you’re driving down to Florida, jetting off to sunny Spain, or exploring an island in the Caribbean Sea, it’s absolutely vital to make sure you have the proper protection against the sun’s dangerous UV rays.
Sunscreen is one of the most important products you can buy when the summer months arrive, playing a huge part in reducing the risks of skin cancer and burns. You should never go out without it, making sure to apply plenty to your arms, legs, face, and any other exposed areas. In addition, it’s also recommended to invest in some other protective accessories like sunglasses with UV protection and hats that can keep your head safe too.
Be Beach Safe
One of the most popular destinations for summer fun is the beach, and it can be wonderful to drive or fly out to the coast and spend some time among the sand and sea, playing games with the family, splashing around among the waves, or simply relaxing and letting all your troubles fade away.
However, you have to be very careful at the beach, and this doesn’t just refer to wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated. Crowded beaches are also common places for kids to get lost or even go too far out in the water, so make sure to keep a close eye on your little ones and ensure that they know what to do if they get lost. It helps to have a designated meeting place, for example, where everyone should gather if the group gets separated.
All across America, countless people can’t wait for Memorial Day to come along and signify the start of summer, and you may already be planning all the fun trips and activities you can enjoy through June, July, and August. Just be sure to keep these tips in mind in order to keep your family safe no matter what you decide to do this summer.