I love going out with my family, but I will be honest. Large groups of people make me really uneasy. Crowded spaces can quickly go from just crowded to overwhelming. Since I know that these situations can be stressful for me and my husband, we usually try to plan ahead to make sure we have a safe and successful outing with the family.
Places like Disneyland are a perfect example. Last week my family took a week long vacation to Disneyland. Given it was Halloween time at Disneyland, there were MANY people in the park! There are so many different ways big crowded places can go from fun to scary in an instant. Wandering child, miscommunications, or even being separated from the rest of the group by the crowd can be stressful.
By following a few simple steps, my family makes sure we are safe when we are out and about enjoying crowded locations!
- Plan a Meeting Place
The first thing we always do is plan a meeting spot. If we were to get separated, by having one main meeting spot we know we can find each other.
- Teach Kids How to Find Help
The only exception to our first rule is our little man. We have told him that if he was to get lost that he is to stay exactly where he is until we find him. He is too young to understand a meeting spot, and a wandering toddler can even get more scary. We also let him know how to spot the people who work either at Disneyland or security, and to approach them instead of random strangers. Do remind your children not to talk to strangers again.
- Know your Exits
When in really crowded locations your family should always know where the exits are. This will help in case you need to leave quickly, and also make a good meeting spot for family.
- Pay Attention
Pay attention to your surroundings, the people around you, your belongings, and the weather. All of these will help you avoid unwanted situations, lost items, and possible dangerous encounters.
- Charge Your Cell Phones
Make sure everyone has a full charge on your cell phones before going to busy locations. Also if possible have an “In Case Of Emergency” section where strangers can find important contacts if they need to.
Crowd control can be tricky, but manageable if you take the time to plan prior to day trips or long vacations!
What do you do to keep your family safe in crowds?
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by the Home Security Store. All words and opinions in this post are my own.
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