Thursday, September 19, 2013

7 Ways You Can Protect Your Family on Vacation

I've got company today! A big thank you to Annie Davis who brought this to you and authored the article!

7 Ways You Can Protect Your Family on Vacation
Family vacations allow for family bonding and relaxation. Unforeseen occurrences, however, can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. If you're planning a family vacation, here are seven tips to help protect your family while you're away.

Protect Your IDs and Money

As you travel around, especially if you're going to a foreign country or a big city, avoid carrying around a large amount of cash. Wear a money belt underneath your clothes where you can stick your passport and some emergency cash in case your wallet is stolen. Bring only what you need on your trip, such as one or two major credit cards and a debit card. Leave your checkbook at home. While away, only visit ATMs during daylight hours, and cover up the key pad as you enter in your pin.

Store Important Documents in a Safe


When you're away from your hotel room, make sure any important documents and money are put into the room's safe. If a safe is not available, consider bringing along a portable safe that can be attached to something in the room, such as a bed post, and secured so it can't be removed from the room without a key.

Consider Getting Travel Insurance

Does your health insurance cover you in the place where you're traveling? If not, you can find travel insurance that can cover any unexpected trips to the doctor. Travel insurance can also cover other surprises such as losing your bags, or having to cancel your trip at the last-minute.

Protect Your Car Rental with Car Insurance

Many car rental companies encourage you to purchase insurance to cover the rental car, but many car insurance policies, may cover damage to rental cars, which will save you having to pay extra for insurance through the rental company. Be sure to check before you head out on your trip.

Keep Your Kids from Wandering Off

A vacation with your kids is fun, but you have to be careful, especially if you're planning on going anywhere crowded like an amusement park. Plan ahead by getting a child locator, such as Mommy I'm Here. These locators are little bears that come with a key ring you can attach to your keys. Some come with an auto alert that will sound if your child is more than a few meters away.

A device like this is particularly important when traveling abroad. After all, it’s the last thing you want to have happen during an incredible vacation in some wonderful Switzerland hotel, for example. Nobody wants to suddenly find themselves having to search frantically for their child.

Order Safety Tattoos Before You Leave

Another great option for crowded places is a safety tattoo. These are temporary tattoos that can be customized with your phone number so that if your child is lost, he or she doesn't have to remember your phone number and can just show the tattoo. They're sweat-proof and waterproof, and will last one to five days.

Bring Along Door Anchors

Hotel room doors are a huge safety concern because they're designed to unlock when the handle is pulled from the inside, making it easy for kids to run off. You can get door anchors that are designed to prevent this and are installed and removed in just seconds. To open the door, the anchor must be rotated upward making it difficult for kids, especially toddlers, to open these doors.

With a little extra planning, having a safe vacation with your family is easy.

Thank you Annie Davis! I so appreciate having you here today to visit. :)

59 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

I had a little wanderer, but thankfully he was never able to get that far from me before I noticed that he had walked off.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Great tips! Especially about using the safe in the hotel room for your important documents. Good idea.

Chatty Crone said...

Now all I need is a trip! lol

alissa apel said...

A great post! We don't travel a whole lot, but all of this is good to know.

Sandee said...

What Chatty Crone said. Great tips indeed.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I have never heard of safety tatoos, but what a great idea. Great tips... I like the door anchor too.

Anonymous said...

We have been doing staycations lately, but this is good to know in the event we do take a family trip out.

Dawn Bedingfield said...

Great tips. I had no heard of safety tattoos. Those sound wonderful and helpful

Ann Jones said...

Great tips. I agree that kids can wander off very easily, I love the idea of the safety tattoos for little ones!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Excellent tips.

Casey Lindberg-Coghill said...

Every year, we go to Myrtle Beach for my husband's family vacation. This past year, his uncle almost totaled the rental car in a freak accident. Thank goodness for renter's insurance. It seems like a pointless added-on cost at the time, but I can definitely say we will always go for it after that experience!

HilLesha said...

I never heard of travel insurance, but it makes perfect sense!

Monica said...

The safety tattoos have been on my mind lately! Great idea.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Anne has certainly shared very important tips Rosey! Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

Bobbi Burleson said...

WOW I really love that safety tattoo idea! Mine are all grown, but I will sure keep it in mind for future grandkids.

Corinne Schmitt said...

These are great tips. The safety ideas are a good idea! I'll also have to look into door anchors.

Paula Stewart said...

Stopped by to check out your blog and leave you a comment from the Crafty Spices Follow Who Hop and http://paulams.weebly.com/blog.html

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

These are very important tips because predators deliberately prey on families that are on vacation and put a damper on their family time.

Susan Cook said...

wow good tips,I especially like that tattoo one. That is great for little ones, who can't remember phone numbers, thanks for sharing :)

Pat Hatt said...

Never heard of the last two tips before, the tattoo is a great idea

Anonymous said...

The last two tips totally caught my attention! I have never heard of those before - thanks for sharing!

Anita Breeze said...

These tips are great! I'm now faced with worrying about safety with my teens when they travel. My son is leaving for Germany next week and safety for teens is a whole different ballgame!

Marika said...

That's totally useful, especially that I'm traveling abroad relatively often.

Kristi Maloney said...

I am a big believer in getting that insurance on a rental vehicle. We rented an RV and got into a little "accident" and their insurance company tried to rake us over the coals. If only we opted for the insurance....Very, very good tips here!!

Manzanita said...

Good tips. Using the hotel safe is really a good one. My daughter learned that the hard way by leaving valuable jewelry in the room.

Mamacita La Cuponera said...

Great tips especially the door anchors!

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Some great tips - thank you so much for sharing, I'm always such a worry head when we go away x

Le-an Lai Lacaba said...

great post! especially because my family loves to travel. Will take note of these

Dov Shapira said...

Thank you for sharing this.
I would love to go on vacation, it has been awhile

Holy Ghost Writer said...

A really good list of tips

Amanda McMahon said...

my friend just left switzerland. i should have vacationed there while she was there :)

Faithfully Free Blog said...

Safety Tats are a great idea! We love them!

Mel Cole said...

Nice tips! Also, a leash is a good idea if traveling with kids in large public places. It helps me to keep my 2 kids nearby in airports during our trip from US to Philippines.

Jenny S. S. said...

I think everyone is so worried about getting somewhere on vacation that they often overlook ways they can protect their families. Great tips!

Pam said...

I had not heard of safety tattoos. I need to look into these before our next trip.

Z @ Kicking Kilos said...

Those are some great tips, Rosey. Thank you so much for sharing!

~ Noelle said...

thanks for the tips... never heard of the door anchors before

AMBER EDWARDS said...

Those are great ideas! I never knew about the safety tatoos! That is brilliant. I need one of those for our next trip.

Colette S said...

These are very good tips for the family. I have wondered about a way to secure the doors in hotel rooms before too.

Almost Precious said...

Some very good advice in this post. Thank you.

Theresa said...

Great tips! I didn't know about the hotel room doors. Learned something new today!

Sarah Clegg said...

i love the Keep Your Kids from Wandering Off tip!! with 5 kids thats a great one to bear in mind/use xx

Tatiana Diaz said...

Great tips! Thank you. Definitely a lot of things to keep in mind.

Karen Glatt said...

These are very good tips to remember when protecting your family on vacation. I like the tip about getting door anchors to keep the kids from taking off. And I always make sure to get insurance when renting a car!

Melinda Dunne said...

I have to say the neatest idea is the safety tattoos! I love that idea. I am a very cautious person so I did know most of the other tips but the tattoos that is really innovative.

Patricia Woolverton said...

These are great tips. I especially love the idea of the phone number as a temp tattoo. Kids lose papers and stuff so this is great.

Growing Up Madison said...

I've never heard of safety tattoos before. That sounds like a really great idea. That would be perfect for me with 4 kids heading out. These are some really great tips. Thank you.

Cynthia Landrie said...

What a great article and fantastic ideas. I just returned from vacation and was lucky to not have any issues. Still wish I would have read this before vacation!

Kyle Wiley said...

Excellent tips. I already use alot of these on your list, but there is always room for improvement!

Melanie B said...

Great tips, I'm going to save these for later.

Areeba said...

Oh the safety tattoos are life savers! And yes, must not let kids wander here and there. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips :)

Jenny said...

Huh, I like the idea of the child locator. Not so sure about the safety tats tho... great tips though :)

Healy Harpster said...

Great post and very helpful especially in my case that I have two little kids.

Winnie said...

Very good post, and I appreciate the tips!!

Unknown said...

From BabsProjects, great post and very good tips

Kelly R said...

These were really awesome tips.

Todd Lovessweeps said...

Getting ready to go on vacation - these are some great tips - thanks.

bxcrochet said...

great tips. Love the idea of the safety tattoos.

knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

Justin Knight said...

Thanks for sharing this and thank you Annie for writing down all of this great information!