Summer is the season of travel, and with it come plenty of reasons to be prepared. From sunburns and scraped knees to the bustling airport security lines, an ounce of preparation can make the difference between a postcard-worthy trip to paradise and a trip worthy of the Griswolds.
To make the most of this year’s trip, follow these summer travel tips and keep the fun in focus.
If you plan on being in the sun on your trip, make sunscreen safety your number one priority, especially if you’ve got little ones in tow. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the strength of UV rays is greatest between 10AM and 4PM, which just so happens to be the optimal window of time for building sandcastles on the beach.
To keep your family safe and prevent sunburns this summer, choose a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF or higher with both UVA and UVB protection and reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Keep all eyes protected with sunglasses and all heads protected with wide-brim hats. For all things beachy, stop by SampleHouse to stock up hats, sunglasses, beach totes, beach wraps, swimsuit cover-ups, beach towels, tumblers and so much more.
Packing and tracking
If you’re planning a trip with multiple destinations, consider investing in a couple of key items, like high-quality luggage with locks and travel insurance. To help keep track of your personal items and reduce the risk of leaving valuables behind, use technology to your advantage! Use your smartphone to take pictures of all your valuables and your packed luggage. Don’t forget to include photos of jewelry, travel documents, electronics and anything else of value. Consider taking advantage of the hotel safe if you’re carrying items of particularly significant value, like expensive cameras, laptops and wedding rings. Should anything go missing, having photos of your belongings can increase the chances of recovery.
Taking the show on the road
Before you arrive at the airport or hit the road with kids in tow, take a few steps to plan for every parent’s worst fear: getting separated. First things first: anyone under 18 should be part of your contingency plan. While teenagers often think they know everything, even the most stoic of kids will panic if they get lost in an unfamiliar place. Prevent a communication breakdown by making sure the older kids have fully charged phones and the younger kids have laminated ID cards in their pockets with names, phone numbers and any important medical information. These cards are easy to make yourself, or you can have a state ID card issued at your local DPS or DMV office.
Once you arrive, find a uniformed safety professional like a TSA agent or theme park employee to show your little ones who to go to should they get lost. Tell them what color pants and shirt the employees wear and have them recite what to look for in case they get lost.
Summer travel can be stressful, especially with children, so make the most of your time together by taking a few steps to prevent travel problems before you take off!