Safety checks to make before embarking on a group holiday

If you’ve booked a group holiday with family or friends, it can be easy to set off without a care in the world, but it’s important to make a few safety checks before you get on your way. The well-being of your loved ones should be on the top of your priority list, so take a look at these handy safety tips.


Check out your accommodation


Whether you’ve just bought your dream caravan from or have hired a mobile home, always give your accommodation a once over. Make sure it’s fit for the road by inspecting the tires, tow bar, brakes, suspension, mirrors, breakaway cable and carry out any necessary repairs. It’s also crucial to check that the electricity is in good working order and to ensure all gas appliances are safe, as carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.


Make sure you have travel insurance


Travel insurance isn’t a luxury, its essential. It’s easy to think nothing will go wrong, but if it does you’ll need to be protected. With a wide range of policies available it’s essential to read the small print to make sure it covers all your needs. For example, if you’re planning to take part in extreme sports such as water skiing or sky diving, double check that you’ll be insured if something happens. If you’re travelling with lots of people, group insurance could be kinder on your bank balance.


Research medication and vaccines


If you’re travelling far and wide, there’s a high chance you might need to be vaccinated against some of the world’s biggest killers such as polio, typhoid, hepatitis A and cholera. Similarly, if you’re going to a country where the risk of catching malaria is high, you might also need to carry an adequate supply of anti-malaria tablets with you, so always contact your GP or nearest travel clinic for advice. What’s more, be sure to pass on information to your travel buddies to ensure everyone is safe and sound.


Check that you’re going to a safe place


Some places are safer to visit than others and this can change on a regular basis. Everything from terror threats to natural disasters and outbreaks of disease can affect your holiday, so make sure you’re in the know before setting off. The UK government offers up-to-date advice, or you can check with the embassy of your country if you’re unsure. After all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry whether you’re travelling alone or in a large group.


Research child-friendly accommodation


If you’re travelling with children, it’s a good idea to make sure your accommodation is as child-friendly as possible. A five storey villa in the French mountains, for instance, might not be the most practical holiday destination if you’re planning on pushing a pram. Similarly, if you’re staying in a house make sure there are stair gates for toddlers and take safety essentials like plug covers with you.


A few simple safety checks can ensure you have a fantastic group holiday, so don’t leave anything to chance.


Ella Mason, an experienced freelance writer, wrote this article. Ella specialises in providing useful and engaging advice to small businesses. Follow her on Twitter @ellatmason

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