Before we set off on our road trip around Australia, I’d wake up in cold sweats freaked out about crocodiles eating the girls. In my imagination, I’d have a momentary lapse of concentration and with one quick snap, they were the new form of chicken dinner.

Traveling with children can be anxiety inducing, as I found out for myself. While most of my fears were irrational, they were still there, and with any parent, safety is my biggest concern when traveling with kids.

Now that we have traveled through Croc Country in Australia, I can tell you the fear was totally unwarranted, but was good to have because it kept me super vigilant and gave me some wisdom which I will share with you.

Make smart choices

A simple Google Search “Is XYZ safe?” will give you some idea of what to expect. Go to forums such as TripAdvisor or Reddit and see what other people have said about their experience – although do bear in mind some of those threads are 10 years old and may be outdated.

Know your risks

Just because somewhere is peaceful, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Watch for danger, understand what the risks are for anything you do and if it’s too great to protect your child’s safety, then don’t do it.

Buy travel insurance

Make sure you’re adequately covered in case of an unfortunate accident or emergency. Be sure to read the fine print and see what medical emergencies are covered.

Drink plenty of (filtered) water

Keep up their hydration while traveling so ensure they are constantly drinking, especially on hot days. Water is always the best option. Skip the juice and soft drinks if they need hydrating.

Be careful of food choices

This is especially important in countries where health regulations may not be as prevalent. Still get into the culture and enjoy the street food if there is any. Make sure it looks fresh, is piping hot when you’re served it, and it’s frequented by the locals.

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