You’ve been dreading this moment for a while now: your kids are finally old enough to go on a spring break trip.
Of course, you want them to have tons of fun, but you can't help but worry. So before you kids leave for their adventure, make sure you have the "Spring Break" conversation with them. Let them know you love and trust them, and share these tips to keep them healthy and safe all week long.
Use sunscreen: Make sure your kid has enough sunscreen packed and they use it! They don’t want to be miserably burned their whole vacation. If they're tempted to go to a tanning salon with their friends to get a pre-beach glow, make sure you inform them about the dangers of tanning booths.
Swimming safety: Remind them that they should never swim alone, especially at a pool or beach that doesn't have a lifeguard. Explain that they should stay in the designated swimming area, and to get out of the water when a storm is approaching.
Communication: If they're traveling in a big group, each person should have an itinerary and know the daily plans in case anyone gets split up. Your child should also check in with you every day to let you know where they are and what they are doing. This may sound a bit much but a quick phone call ensures you know where they are, and there's been some kind of track made of their last location.
Party safety: If your child finds themselves at a party they don’t want to be at, they should know not to accept rides or drinks from strangers. They should always be in a group and have an exit strategy if they need to leave. That could consist of a code word they text a member of their group.
Traveling: You may be giving them a good amount of cash to bring, but your child should not bring it all with them. Each day, they should pocket some cash and leave the rest in a safe in the hotel room. Pickpockets are a common problem across the globe, and there's nothing worse than being moneyless during a vacation. They should also avoid using an expensive purse or wearing expensive jewelry. Make sure they do carry their I.D. and have their hotel or phone number of their emergency contact memorized. Use reputable taxi and bus services.
Trust your gut: Teach the importance of trusting their gut. If something doesn’t feel right, someone is following them or a situation doesn’t sit right with them, trust that feeling!