Throughout this guide you should have acquired various tips and advice on how to ensure children and youths are safe and sound in their outdoor activities, whatever these may be. However, it’s not just at home when youths should remain careful, but also when travelling abroad on holiday.
The new environment is ready to be explored, but you won’t know the area and as such, should be aware of the best ways to keep safe.
Tips for Keeping Children & Youths Safe Abroad
Holidays should be a fun and relaxing time for all involved. Of course, whether you’re holidaying is summer or winter; you should follow the same advice as outlined throughout this resource. However, there are also other factors to be aware of.
First off, for any travelling abroad it’s important to take out health insurance for the whole family. Otherwise, any accidents of injuries would set you back a small fortune, as the NHS no longer covers you. You can apply for this online and it’s not going to break the bank either.
It would also be advised to follow the tips below:
1. Research the area you’re travelling to thoroughly before the holiday. This will ensure you can find areas that are family safe and will be able to avoid certain pitfalls.
2. Children and youths can be given wristbands, so if you’re ever separated, they can be safely returned to where you’re staying.
3. Take a first aid kit travelling, armed with accessories such as plasters, a thermometer and antiseptic cream. Don’t forget bug spray and bite cream too, whilst packing plenty of sun cream to protect from the rays.
4. Youths should learn some of the local language; especially key phrases that can help them get by from day to day. This would be of particular help if you needed to visit a pharmacist, doctor or hospital too.
5. When first arriving at the hotel, don’t rush straight to the beach or pool. Instead, you should run through the procedures with your children and ensure everyone knows what to do if separated or in the case of an emergency, such as a fire.
6. In the same manner, you should also run through how to react if you become separated out and about. Have a meeting point to turn up at and ensure youths don’t wander too far from the hotel or campsite. The chances are there are enough facilities around the grounds to keep them well occupied.
7. Everyone should also have the name and contact details of where you’re staying, with everything written down and kept on them, or stored in a mobile phone. If small change is kept too, it’ll come in handy to use for a payphone if required.
8. As when exploring the outdoors at home, youngsters should also be warned about talking with strangers. They’re more susceptible to being targeted as they’re abroad in an area they don’t know very well at all.
9. At pools and beaches you should also keep close to youths, rather than letting them get out of depth unsupervised. Ensure to follow the same safety procedures as you would when in the UK.
10. Youths in particular won’t pay too much attention to safety advice on planes, but it’s important they do so in case of an emergency.
No matter whether you’re home or abroad, it’s important for youths to follow safety advice in order to avoid accidents and injuries. There is a lot to take onboard, so make sure you’re well versed with this guide and reduce the chances of a problem occurring.
If you’re safe in the knowledge your children are acting responsibly and know what to do in an emergency, you’ll be able to better enjoy your holiday.