No matter how careful you are, a child can become lost in an instant. This is especially true on vacations in unfamiliar surroundings. If you are on vacation, here are two ways to help keep your child safe if he or she wanders away.
Before the trip, purchase a thumb drive and copy a Wordpad document on to the drive containing your child’s name, your name, your cell phone number and where you are staying. Clip the thumb drive on to your child’s clothing or put it on a necklace if your child is age appropriate. Tell your child to show it to an employee, a police officer or a “Mommy or Daddy” if they become lost. It is best to make another copy of the document in text format to be sure most computers can read it.
When a child is lost, parents are asked to describe what the child is wearing. Police officers have reported that many of the found children are usually wearing something completely different than what the parents described. Before you set off for your day trip, take a picture of your child with your cell phone in the outfit he or she is wearing for the day. If your child becomes lost, you will have an up-to-date picture, including what he or she is wearing that day.