Non-seasonal, Travel

Keeping Your Family Safe When Traveling

Keeping Your Family Safe When Traveling
Photo by Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash

Taking your family on vacation adds a new layer of pressure, as it becomes all the more important to keep your children safe in a new and unfamiliar place. Fortunately, common-sense safety rules generally transfer from one country to the next, and you can execute most precautions before even starting on your trip. Taking the extra steps for health and keeping your family safe when traveling will enable a comfortable, worthwhile visit for your entire family, allowing you to relax and enjoy your time once you reach your destination.

Stay Covered

When traveling with a family, you should ensure you’re adequately insured for accidents and emergencies before starting your trip. Always read the fine print before taking out a travel insurance policy: some activities, such as scuba diving or water rafting, may not be covered by your policy. In some instances, basic emergency medical expenses for tourists will be covered by a country’s nationalized health service, but it can be difficult to navigate the healthcare system of a new country, especially if you are unfamiliar with the language. In these instances, private health cover with Qantas recommends taking out a supplemental policy that will offset the costs of using the national health service. Private insurance options often incur shorter wait times at the hospital, which is valuable if you need emergency medical attention.

Watch The Water

Upon reaching your destination, it’s generally wise to buy filtered water in bulk and keep some with you at all times. In particular, it’s important to request bottled water (not tap) when eating in restaurants and cafes because tap water isn’t safe to drink in most places. For more specific information, the CDC publishes food and water guidelines for traveling abroad which may give you more detailed tips for your vacation. In some instances, it may be necessary to wash your teeth with filtered water to prevent disease. You can also research food safety and hygiene ratings for individual restaurants prior to booking reservations for your trip.

Thinking Ahead

You can make safety a top priority on your vacation by keeping a small medical aid kit including ibuprofen, Band Aids, allergy medicine and any prescriptions your family members may need on hand. if you are going to places you’ve never been, having medical items readily available will help avoid locating a comparable product in unfamiliar territory. When traveling during the day, use the same rules that apply for day trips in your home country: stick to a buddy system and identify a “lost” place where family members should go in the event that one of them wanders off. It’s also important to know where to find the closest doctor or medical clinic if you will be staying in one place for the entirety of your trip. 

Safety is always a top priority for parents, but once you take basic factors into account there’s no reason you and your kids shouldn’t enjoy vacationing in an international destination. Modern technology has enabled safer and more reliable travel across the world: meaning that with the right amount of planning, your family can witness new cultures safely and comfortably with minimal risk .

Father's Day, Non-seasonal, Travel

Family Camping Stories and our Pelican Cooler

See these 3 boys? This was taken about 7 years ago. Camping, ATV’s and cars have been the glue that keeps our boys close. As they get older and go away to school and have jobs they settle into their own busy lives, but when we say “RV to the dunes…” we have their undivided attention. Anthony, our youngest just turned 11 and he needs to keep his older brothers close and creating small family getaways is how we do that.

When Father’s Day and birthdays come around I can never go wrong with gifts meant for the next family camping trip, it’s for “the next time we take the boys out..”-always a hit!

This Father’s Day my husband is gifted a new Pelican Cooler. It is a simple item. A box that keeps drinks cool, but through the upgrades in RV’s, ATV’s, riding equipment and trucks in the years it is the cooler that travels along every time.

Let’s get close up with this Pelican 50Qt Elite Cooler so you understand why this makes such a fantastic gift for Dad on Father’s Day or a birthday.

Let’s start at the top! There are 4 (not 2) cupholders built in along with a measuring grid. Fishermen will love this ready-to-measure feature. If you don’t fish, hand the kids jerky sticks and watch them brag about who got given the longest piece (that’s something we would do-lol). That’s sibling bonding at its finest!

Moving on down, notice the latches? These are press and pull latches and made wide so if you are wearing gloves when outdoors or working you can easily open. Oh…the middle metal piece between the 2 latches is a bottle opener (now camping just got more fun)!

Let’s open the cooler. Plenty of room! What you get is a freezer grade seal for extreme ice retention. Stainless steel latches keep out curious hands, and bears. There is a drain plug at the bottom, but you’ll have to work at melting that ice first!

Being a typical Mom, this next feature excites me! Have you owned coolers and when stored or on the ground for days you dread turning that thing over to clean? This Pelican (while all Pelican coolers) have non-skid & non-marking raised feet.

OK, having an 11 year old does no justice as to the weight the Pelican Cooler can hold. I have seen images where people have used it to prop up engines and more. But, this is not just an 11 year old on a cooler talking with Dad and big brothers. This is a bundle of memories and along the way, perhaps as he camps with his children one day this same cooler will be in background photos of his own memories one day.

For now, it is extra seating in a pinch….plus, his older brothers always bully him out of the lounge chairs.

Getting a cooler to last years and years means a cooler that will sit idle to all of your memories. Your Pelican Cooler will last through generations and be at the center of another decade of memories and so on.

With Pelican Coolers, you aren’t just getting Dad or husband a box to keep drinks cold, but a seat, a companion, a box to hold those memories even if it was a camping trip you needed to bribe the older kids to come spend a weekend with you. It’s the last cooler you will buy!

Visit and shop for Dad! Buy online or find at retailers near you. I found a 20% coupon on Amazon (while it lasts).

Home, Non-seasonal

Clean Home? Now Do This Before Guests Arrive!

If you follow, perhaps you have visited the 2019 Spring Cleaning series where I feature some brands who I discuss in spring topics. We discussed cleaning, clean air and home safety. How did you get organized and clean this spring? If you are like me, a home is never truly clean unless it smells clean too! This is why there is one thing I do after I tackle a room in my home and get it organized and wiped down.

I burn my favorite scents! I have essential oil diffusers in a few rooms, but for the best aromas and to get that ‘clean home‘ feeling I burn candles. If you love candles too you know that a Yankee Candle has scents that cover your home with such great smells and they last burn after burn. Now, Yankee Candle is getting personal with their candles for your home or gifting.

You can now design your own candle and they arrive fast and so well done. I chose a candle design with spring colors and put a message because this candle I burn after the house is clean and especially before any guests we may have arrive. I always get compliments when I burn a Yankee Candle. Our friends and family smell it right away when they walk in.

I find pleasant scents like florals or citrus that I know most will find pleasant. This candle choice is my favorite, it is Magnolia & Lily! This is the large, square 2-wick candle.

When you personalize your own candle you choose the candle type (size), message/image, label and scent. Ours reads, “Welcome to our home – Sluka Family”. This is for our guests and I will either set it on the entryway table or on the kitchen island and light around 30 minutes before guests are arriving.

When you are done putting in the elbow grease and organizing work into your home, sit back and relax with your favorite scents from Yankee Candle. Nothing says clean like breathing your favorite scents before the family races through and messes you all up again!

Keep in mind, with Father’s Day and Graduation here these make great gifts! What a fun way to put memories together with your favorite scent and gift!

Design your Yankee Candle