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Travel Safety Tips for Families

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Family vacations are a great way to bond and show your children a new part of the world. Kids can engage in valuable experiences and cherish memories for the rest of their lives, but many parents are cautious to travel. New and unfamiliar places can bring a level of anxiety and a parent’s biggest concern is to keep their children safe.

Fortunately, we have some essential tips for both domestic and international travel to make sure your vacation runs smoothly. With a few basic precautions, a safe and easy trip is simple to achieve.

Before you book your next trip, check out these essential travel rules from the Atlanta medical malpractice and personal injury team at Kaplan and Lukowki, LLP.

What to Pack

The essential rule to packing for any trip is to pack light and bring layers of clothing that are easy to put on and take off, depending on the weather.

If anyone in your family has any prescription medication, make sure you have an adequate supply handy for the duration of your trip plus a few extra days.  If you’re flying, pack medications in carry-ons.

What Not to Pack

Avoid bringing jewelry and other valuable items that are not essential to your trip.

Limit how many credit cards you bring and always travel with small amounts of cash.  ATMS are everywhere.

If you are traveling internationally, make sure your passport is good for at least six months after you intend to return, and check if you need visas.  Also, research the basic laws, customs, and any warnings from the U.S. State Department on potentially dangerous areas.

Traveling by Car

Taking the open road is a great and affordable way to visit relatives and see some great national landmarks. Before you leave, make sure you have reliable directions to your destination and a fully charged phone for GPS just in case.

On the road, check that everyone wears their seat belts and stay ahead of any dangerous weather you may encounter.

Make sure you are well rested when you are behind the wheel. Driving while fatigued can lead to impaired reaction time, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Take turns behind the wheel with your partner to keep yourself and your passengers safe.

Avoiding Car Trouble

If you are leaving for a long road trip, visit an auto shop for a full-service inspection to check for fresh oil, stable brakes, unworn tires, and a reliable battery.

Consider joining AAA or a similar service for quick and efficient roadside help. You don’t want car issues to cut into valuable family time or to put your family in danger.

Hotel Safety

Bring all your baggage and personal belongings inside the hotel. Don’t risk leaving anything valuable visible in your car to provoke theft or any kind of break in.

Once you have checked into your room, identify the nearest fire exit and check your suite for an active fire alarm and fire extinguisher.

Most hotels provide a safe for owners to store any valuables to avoid unwanted trouble. Lastly, keep your hotel door locked at all times. This will not only keep out strangers but will also help you keep track of your children.

Contact Our Atlanta Personal Injury Firm for Legal Counsel

If you or a family member are injured due to another’s negligence, contact Kaplan & Lukowski for a free personal injury consultation. Safe travels!