You can’t put a price on safety. When you’re on a family holiday, it’s easy to forget that accidents can still happen. We get it. You’ve waited all year for a holiday, and all you want to do is switch off. But there are a few simple things you should know before you go about having a safe family holiday.
Holidays abroad can often be more dangerous because you’re so far away from familiar surroundings, and planning safe holidays goes far beyond simply booking a cheap insurance policy.
So, what can you do to ensure that your holiday is smooth-sailing and care-free?
Safe Holiday Travel Tips
Safety on holiday starts way before the plane journey. You’ve also got to think about driving to the airport and checking if your car is up to scratch before heading off.
The best way to do this is to keep an eye on any traffic news, weather warnings and ensure your car has an up-to-date service. Even if you’re only a short drive from the airport, it only takes one bad road accident or an influx of snow to stand between you and your big getaway – and the plane won’t wait for you! So make sure you leave with plenty of time to spare.
If you do hit a roadblock because of construction work, road closures or a nasty collision, you should get to grips with your route ahead of time. If you prefer to use a Sat-Nav, it’ll re-route you to wherever you need to go, but having a plan B is always useful.
Carrying an emergency kit with you on any car journey should be a priority, especially if you’re travelling in the winter months. If you end up breaking down or bursting a tyre, you’ll need to be prepared. A first aid kit and an emergency phone charger should also be at the top of your travel checklist. That way, if the unexpected does happen, you can do something about it quickly; instead of standing at the side of a dangerous road trying to flag down some help.
This is all true whether you’re on a family holiday or not – but is made much easier if you’re travelling in a group. So if it’s possible, carpooling to the airport with any friends or colleagues on the same trip could save you a lot of hassle.
You can also avoid the stress of a rushed airport drive entirely by booking into an airport hotel the night before your flight. Whether you want a budget room for convenience, a family room with an on-site restaurant for a tasty pre-flight breakfast, or a luxury spa hotel to start your holiday early, an airport hotel will make all the difference on departure day.
When it comes to travelling, preparation is key. So, how can you plan the perfect family holiday and keep your family safe?
How to Plan a Holiday
If you’ve already found your destination, booked your flights, reserved your hotel and sorted your holiday wardrobe, what else do you really need to do to plan a successful holiday?
Whether you’re on a family holiday, a group holiday with friends or travelling in a group with business colleagues, you still need to be organised – and there’s a lot more to it than just the basics!
Try keeping a checklist handy on your phone of things you need to do before your holiday starts. If you’re travelling with children, you’ll likely be responsible for several suitcases and passports – so it can be easy to get stressed and forget things.
To make sure you don’t, here is a go-to list of things to remember when it comes to planning a safe holiday.
- Packing checklist – Do you have the right clothes for the climate of your destination? Are you wearing a high enough factor sun lotion? Do the children you’re travelling with need extra protection from the sun or snow? Safe holidays happen when you’ve done your research.
- Medications – Does anyone you’re travelling with require regular medication? Or do you need to pack some provisional medicines just in case?
- Car checks – Is the vehicle you’re travelling in serviced, with an up-to-date MOT and a full tank of fuel?
- Travel documents – Do you have your license, ID, passport, booking references, insurance policy and any required visas handy? It’s usually a good idea to make photocopies in case you do misplace them on route!
- Airport parking – Have you booked secure airport parking to ensure your car is kept safe while you’re away?
- Luggage – Does your luggage have a secure padlock? Are you carrying sports equipment or baby car seats and pushchairs? Do you need to take medication in your hand luggage? If so, check with your airline about luggage limitations and get confirmation on what you can and can’t take.
- Travel insurance – It only takes 5 minutes to book a travel insurance policy – and if something unexpected happens on holiday, it’ll potentially save you thousands.
What is Group Travel Insurance?
When travelling on a family holiday or travelling in a group, you might be better off booking group travel insurance.
Group travel insurance will typically include the same cover you would expect from a single trip policy for individuals, but for a bigger number of people. This will cover things like lost or damaged luggage, cancellations, delays, medical emergencies and lost money or possessions.
However, if you are swaying more towards booking a group holiday insurance policy to save some extra pennies, remember to give the terms and conditions a read. Some activities on your trip will likely already be included as part of the policy, but water sports – such as scuba diving, boating, waterboarding, kayaking and jet skiing – are often excluded, so you may need to buy a bolt-on to be on the safe side.
Wherever your family holiday takes place, safety should always be your top priority. So, as long as you’re organised, you can relax and unwind knowing that everything is taken care of!