It’s the summer season and we are all itching to have a break. You have been planning this vacation all year and are looking forward to the much needed time away. You can never imagine something going wrong. But accidents happen. Vacations can create some of the most cherished family memories, because it is an experience that everyone shares together. They should be relaxing and fun. That being the case, in this article we hope to offer a few helpful reminders about how to keep family vacations safe and memorable. Full of good memories and not bad ones.

Many people here in Idaho choose to spend their vacations near the water; whether this be a migration to the beach, or traveling to one of our beautiful lakes and rivers. These trips come with unique challenges and dangers.

Preparation is Key

Be prepared. While this is the scout motto, it is also a good principle to live by, especially on vacations. Before you leave, make a list of all things you need to bring and even a little more. Remember that it is okay to be over prepared. For example, one of my colleagues recently went on a camping trip with his wife in Colorado. They decided it would be fun to sleep under the stars rather than in a tent. Before they left, they checked the weather, brought sleeping bags, blankets and jackets (just in case). But because they weren’t going to use a tent, they neglected to bring one. The night they arrived the weather took a turn for the worst and the temperatures plummeted to near freezing. Even with the extra blankets and jackets, they were not ready. On your vacations, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Be ready for anything that comes your way.

Know Yourself

Vacations are often an escape from our reality. You are away from home, sometimes in a new place, surrounded by new people. It is a time to try new things. But unfamiliarity and novelty are some of the biggest culprits in accidents of ignorance. If you don’t know what you are doing, things area likely to go wrong. That shouldn’t deter you though. If you are going to try something new, do your research! Make it a memory, but make it a good one. Be safe.

Always Be Cautious

Vacations often lead us to unfamiliar places. A good rule of thumb is to keep your car locked at all times and to keep your personal belongings close. We should never expect or anticipate a problem. That will lead to unwanted anxiety on a trip that is supposed to be relaxing. However, we should be careful and exercise caution to avoid unnecessary troubles.

Safety on the Water

Many people here in Idaho choose to spend their vacations near the water; whether this be a migration to the beach, or traveling to one of our beautiful lakes or rivers. The activities you do here are as fun as they are exhilarating. But they can also be dangerous. Be careful and use caution whenever you venture out onto the water. If you or someone with you does get hurt, stay calm, call for help and realize the situation could be very serious. Remember that staying safe is more important than going a little bit faster, doing a more skillful trick, or swimming out a little further.

If you or a loved one got injured while on vacation or on the water, please call us today. We want you to get your life back, so you can continue to make great memories.

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