Holiday Travel Safety Tips from Safety 1st (and a car seat giveaway for you!)



The holiday travel season is fast approaching!  The roads will be full of people on their way to parties or to grandma's house, and with winter weather blanketing most of the country, staying safe on the road can be challenging. As if decorating the house, wrapping presents, and planning parties isn't stressful enough!  To help make everyone's life easier, Safety 1st consumer safety experts have come up with some great safety tips!

According to AAA last year 94.5 million people were on the roads, train tracks or in the skies during the holiday season. That’s a lot of people! Then add your own kids into the mix of congestion and for some it can mean holiday headaches. However, Safety 1st has some tips to help fight some of those headaches this season.

1. Avoid peak travel days –Try not to fly or drive the days immediately before and after the actual holiday. Those are the busiest travel days. However, if you fly or take a train you might save money by traveling on the actual holiday, the roads are less congested too.

2. Prepare your child for the trip – Holiday parties can be overwhelming with sensory overload. Especially for young children it’s good to talk about the upcoming trip days even weeks in advance. This will help him or her get excited about the journey. Show photos of family members or friends your child has not met yet, this way the new face might be a little familiar on arrival.

3. “Are we there yet?” - To help avoid that dreaded phrase an hour into your six hour trip reserve a bag just for the kids, include books, toys, diapers a change of clothes and snacks. Pre-load a tablet or smartphone with kid friendly apps or games. If you are driving keep all necessary items such as wipes, hand sanitizer or tissues easy to reach in a second – there are times you may not want to be digging through the bottom of a bag for such items. The Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station is a great solution.

4. Car Seats – If you are flying check to make sure your car seat is FAA certified. If it’s not clearly labeled contact the manufacture. For parents with older children the Safety 1st BoostAPack can double as a kid survival kit, it’s FAA certified, and will fit in the plane overhead bin.

If you are driving make sure your car seat is installed correctly. If it’s been awhile since you visited a car seat check, it’s recommended to check your seat with a Certified Child Safety Technician in advance of your trip. Safercar.gov is a great resource.

5. Prepare the guest room – If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use that for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment. Also if your infant or child sleeps better in a dark room or tends to wake up early with the morning light, bring garbage bags or dark fabric to tape over windows.



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One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will receive a Advance SE 65 Air+ convertible car seat from Safety 1st!  This premium car seat has the latest in impact protection technology to keep your little one safer on the road.

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Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post. Tips and giveaway prize are provided by Safety 1st. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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justicecw on November 24, 2014 at 7:14 AM said...

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Jennifer T. on November 26, 2014 at 4:36 AM said...

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