7 Simple (But Important) Things To Remember About  Keeping Your Family Safe While Traveling Traveling with family is a wonderful e...

Everything You Need To Know About Keeping Family Safe While Traveling.

7 Simple (But Important) Things To Remember About Keeping Your Family Safe While Traveling

Traveling with family is a wonderful experience. And let's face it, at this point, if you are staying at home to help control the spread of this latest virus outbreak, you may be itching to get away a bit.

As much as it is important to have fun on a trip, however, it is even more important to ensure that everyone is safe during your trip. 
Even businesses that are slowly opening their doors are leaving nothing to chance - and we shouldn't either.

There are very simple ways to dramatically reduce the risk of illness and injury before or after your trip, so let them sink in for a moment.

Keep safe while traveling

1. Start with a safety briefing
You may have children who are asking about COVID-19. Most young children will not understand the complications of the epidemic, so keep it simple. 

At the very least, talk to everyone in a reassuring tone that only a small fraction of people receiving the virus become seriously ill.

Discuss what you can do to protect yourself, and be sure to answer any questions to eliminate doubt. This is also the right time to do a fact-check on certain assumptions about the virus, so that you remain well informed throughout your journey.

2. Research Online

Wonder which hotels are accepting guests right now? Researching your travel destination beforehand can help you find out which hotels are operating and which are not.

On top of that, find out if they are doing anything to control the spread of the disease. Many hotels and resorts have now reopened their doors to guests, while clearing the extra mile.

Westgate's Clean Hotel program, for example, focuses on regularly disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, bedsheets and furniture to protect you and your little ones from viruses.

3. Set your own rules and standards

It is perfectly acceptable for high-to-normal standards to keep your family safe. While traveling for the next few months, consider hygiene, health and hygiene as the 'Holy Trinity' and follow local regulations to support public health efforts.

You should constantly remind the family to follow protective measures and follow hygiene best practices for continuous washing of hands, avoiding repeated touching surfaces, and following social removal guidelines.

If you are worried about your children sounding like a dictator, make it fun. Teach them to sing the "baby shark" while washing their hands, or find a creative way to tell them about the bad germs that live on certain surfaces.

4. Get travel insurance

No one wants to think about the possibility of illness or property damage while traveling, but unfortunately, it can happen.

Having travel insurance coverage provides you with a net with financial security when things turn south. People lose their luggage at the airport all the time, so it is better for financial security.

Travel insurance is even more important if you are taking your family for camping, hiking or any outdoor activity. Just make sure that you cover the policy.

5. Be careful what you share

There is nothing wrong about updating friends and family about your trip, but keep in mind that making certain information public may attract the attention of scammers, or hackers, and other criminals

You can also make only unwanted plays. People may start expressing concern or criticism about your decision to travel in these uncertain times, which may put you in a bad mood or derail your plans.

There are so many advantages to what you post on social media, so think twice about what you share.

6. Get the right vaccines

Depending on where you are traveling, some vaccinations may be required, especially for family members with weak immune systems.

Diseases to consider vaccinations for:

• Hepatitis A and B
• Tetanus
• Mumps
• Measles
• Rubella
• chicken pocks
• Rabies

If you are traveling in developing countries, these vaccinations should be seriously considered, especially those with limited resources for health and public hygiene.

7. Stay up-to-date during travel

It is important to check the news before and during the trip. This week low risk destinations can easily turn into a high risk next one, so stay in the loop on the latest travel advice so you can adjust.

And don't be terrified to cancel the trip if needed. If you are traveling for much of the holiday with family, there is no real harm in saving it for another time when conditions are uncertain.

In general, if everyone in the family follows the 'General Holy Trinity' while traveling, you should be able to carry out your journey with peace of mind.