Vacation Safety Tips - Child Safety Tips
*** in no particular order ***
Vacation Safety Tip 1: Children must wear identification while on vacation. If they become lost on vacation,
they need to have the information ON THEM of how to get in touch with you: your cell numbers, hotel name, hotel
phone number. Along with home phone number and emergency contact. Also, be sure to include any important
medical information. You can use Shoe Stickers, ID Bracelets, Shoe Tags, Dog Tags, Temporary Tattoos...
Vacation Safety Tip 2: Use more than one form of wearable identification while on vacation. I suggest this
because I know as a mom of three, what I mean to do and what I get done, can often be worlds apart. I love the
shoe stickers for this reason. I put those in my children's shoes and I don't have to think about it again for a good
while. BUT, while on vacation or when we are on outings at large event, I add a second and sometimes a third
identification. Some thing that is more visiable, incase the child forgets about the shoe sticker. I like to do multiples
just in case one gets lost or during jump house type fun, the shoes are usually taken off.
Vacation Safety Tip 3: Talk to your children about what being lost means. On vacation, when kids are running around doing what
they want to do, going where they want to go, they may not understand that they are lost. I have explained being lost to my
children as "When you can't see mommie and daddy." Or, you can explain it as Mommie being lost.
Vacation Safety Tip 4: Talk to your children about what to DO if they become lost. I have told my children to stay put, I will find them. If
they are scared, look for another mommie to ask for help. Moms are easy to spot: they have kids with them. Moms are the least dangerous as far as potentially
harming another child. Tell your child to stay "still" even after they have asked for help - don't go anywhere with anyone. (This may be
a hard one because good people will want to take them to the front of the store or to the front gate... But it is in your child's
best interest, I believe, if the don't go anywhere with anyone). Tell your child to show their ID and ask the person to call you.
Vacation Safety Tip 5: While on vacation, take a photo of each child, each day with your cell phone or camera. That way you will know exactly
what they were wearing and have a very current photo if needed in a search. Another great thing is having a wallet ID for each child. It includes a photo and
all the vital information. You can hand that over to others looking for your child.
Vacation Safety Tip 6: When you realize that your child is lost, DON'T look for them alone. IMMEDIATELY get help. Scream if need be: "MY SON IS
LOST, HE IS 3, BLOND HAIR, WEARING A BLUE T-SHIRT! SAM, SAM!" Ask an employee to implement a CODE ADAM.
Vacation Safety Tip 7: Use a door alarm on your hotel door while on vaction to protect you from an intrution OR from a child leaving the room without
you knowing it.
Who has a better ID -- your luggage or your child? Go, make a better choice for your child, today.