Student travel can be stressful for the whole family. Whether students are traveling via mass transportation or via their own car, there are safety issues to keep in mind. You can prepare your student for travel by addressing these concerns.
Catching a bus, train, or plane
Students traveling via mass transportation should check schedules and advisories before heading out. Additionally, they should be sure to:
- Make sure they have the necessary identification—two forms is always best, such as a driver's license and a school ID card.
- Remember to pack all medications.
- Review specific airline regulations and federal restrictions regarding carry-on items and checked baggage, so they don't have to dismantle anything or throw things out at the airport.
- Keep their bags with them at all times.
- Carry important documents in front of their body, rather than in a backpack, purse, or bag that someone could easily snatch.
- Wait in public spaces where there are lots of people or staff members present.
- Carry a fully-charged mobile phone, if possible, to keep folks abreast of any changes or delays in travel plans.
- Carry a small amount of cash in a secure spot and a credit card, if possible, in case of an emergency.
- Dress appropriately for their destination.
Students traveling internationally should ensure they are prepared for customs checkpoints and have all required documents ready to go. The following websites are great resources for those traveling abroad: