Vacations are an excellent way for your family to disconnect from their everyday lives and make lasting memories together. While a great family vacation takes a lot of planning, it’s important to remember to plan and prepare for different events that may arise during your trip.
Most destinations do their best to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, but it’s important to prepare for anything out of the ordinary that is beyond anyone’s control. The following are hassle-free tips to make sure your trips are as safe as possible.
Now more than ever, travel insurance matters! Travel insurance guarantees the financial coverage of anything that happens during your trip. Travel insurance means you won’t have to worry about the significant costs that can come with having to cancel a trip or change your plans last minute.
Backup Important Documents
If you are traveling outside of the United States, making copies of your documents will ensure that you have a backup copy of your documents. Scan the original documents and then save the copies to the following locations: the cloud, email, a memory stick, any other digital service that supports document storage. You should also carry at least two printed copies of your passports, visas, driver’s licenses, travel documents, and anything else you may need to prove identification.
Most hotels and resorts provide secure storage for these documents, whether it’s in a safe in the room or a safe deposit box at the reception desk. Leave your sensitive documents in the safe and only bring the photocopies when going on day excursions.
Any responsible member of your family with a mobile phone should have it on them when traveling. This is not only a great way to keep in contact with each other, but it can be used to coordinate your meet-up locations. A smartphone also allows you to get additional information on the area you’re in. You can find nearby landmarks, check Waze, or use it to grab transportation.
Accommodations can get expensive, but it’s important not to sacrifice your safety to save a few dollars. This is equally important if you’re traveling with young children. Family-friendly accommodations are ideal for family trips. If you are concerned about the safety of your family, do not hesitate to call the resort or hotel directly and ask about their security measures.