Safe Disney Travels—and Great Disney Deals from Pixie Vacations
by Mommy MD Guides blogger Jennifer Bright Reich
Parenting is a challenge—and that’s on a good day, at home, where everything is familiar and safe. Then try taking the show on the road!
From the time my sons were infants, we took a lot of day trips and one family vacation each year. We’ve taken our sons to Walt Disney World three times. Of course the Disney Company does everything it can to keep everyone happy—and safe. But traveling anywhere presents challenges.
Here are some safety tricks I use for my family. And below you’ll find some great Disney travel specials from my friends at Pixie Vacations!
Dress kids alike. On trips, I always dress my kids in similar outfits. If one got lost, I could point to his brother and say, “He’s dressed like that!” Also it makes my boys easier to keep track of because I don’t have to struggle to remember what they’re wearing. I also dress them in brightly colored clothes, which are easier to spot in a crowd. When their clothes match, it looks great in photos to boot!
Take a photo first. First thing each day on our trip, I take a photo of my kids on my phone. That way, if one of my kids got lost, I would have a current photo that shows what he is wearing.
Bring ID. I bought each of my sons a set of Who’s Shoes ID tags for each of their shoes and sandals. The tags attach to kids’ shoes with Velcro, and they have places inside to write your child’s name, your contact info, and any special medical needs. I’ve always taught my kids to tell people “look at my shoes” if they got lost.
Teach kids who to ask for help. Whenever we prepared to go on a trip, I’d review with my sons who to approach for help if they ever got lost: a policeman or fireman, a person working in the park or store, or a mommy with kids. When we got to a Disney park, I pointed out Cast Members and how you could identify them by their uniforms and their Disney nametags.
Pack your travel bag. In my travel bag, which I take with me to the parks, I keep hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, Table Toppers (when my boys were smaller and eating finger foods), a few pieces of plastic silverware and straws (so I don’t have to go back up to the counter to request one if I’m missing it), and Band-Aids.
Keep a safety kit. I keep a small safety kit packed that I bring on all trips. It contains a smoke alarm and batteries, a carbon monoxide detector and batteries, a small screwdriver, a roll of painter’s tape (blue tape that doesn’t pull paint off walls, which is handy to secure loose objects, hold curtains closed, etc), a small plastic bathmat (a cheap one that I throw out before we go home), triangle-shaped plastic door stoppers to keep doors opened or closed, and a flashlight.
Do a safety check of the room. When I first get into our hotel room, my husband and I scan the room for anything left behind. Especially dangerous are choking hazards, such as coins, pieces of balloons, and pieces of plastic or cellophane.
Check that everything works. Before I unpack, I always check to make sure everything works in the room. I turn on the fan and lights, flush the toilet, and run the AC or heater. This is less a safety issue than a convenience! I don’t want to have to repack all of our stuff if we discover later the toilet doesn’t flush!
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Note: I was compensated by Pixie Vacations with a Mickey Mouse Santa Hat and Minnie Holiday headband. However, I love talking about and planning Disney World vacations and feel passionate about helping families make magical memories and I would gladly have written it anyway!
Bio: Jennifer Bright Reich is a mom of two sons and coauthor of The Mommy MD Guide to Losing Weight and Feeling Great. Next to her home in Allentown, PA, Walt Disney World is her favorite place on earth!