Vacation safety

Travelling can be both fun and stressful. To make sure everyone has the best experience, here are some general safety tips that can be used any time you travel and a few for destinations or times of the year where there are specific winter or summer activities.

General travel tips

It’s important not to let everything “go on vacation” – remember these simple tips and you will not only enjoy the trip, but make it home safely to plan the next one.

Travelling abroad

Gearing up for your trip outside of Canada? Check for any security warnings, health advisories, severe weather or other hazard alert pertaining to your destination. Use the Government of Canada’s up-to-date resources to plan ahead:

Driving responsibly

Distraction, alcohol or drug impairment, speed and fatigue are all major causes of motor vehicle crashes. Drive the speed limit, make sure you have a plan if you are going to drink or use drugs, leave the phone alone or ask a passenger to take care of it while you drive, and get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel.

Cold weather destinations

Winter and winter holiday destinations can be a wonderful time for outdoor play. Learn about general Winter Safety and our tips for Winter Sports.

Warm weather destinations

The warm weather opens up endless possibilities for fun on your vacation. Make it a safe one, with our resources: 

Before you hit the pool, river, lake or ocean, don’t forget water safety. Know your swimming skill level and plan accordingly. Considerations include:

  • Lifejackets for boating, kayaking or canoeing activities
  • Swimming lessons prior to, or during, your trip
  • Avoiding currents and undertow – even a strong swimmer can get swept up!

Travelling with children

Child safety in the car

Having a car seat when you arrive at your destination can make travelling with young children easier and safer. If flying to your destination, take your child’s car seat with you and use it on the plane. If you don’t want to bring your car seat with you and you’re renting a car, ask before you book to ensure the rental company can provide the appropriate car seat.

Use our resources to learn more about child passenger safety and car seat safety.

Safe spaces for kids

As you would at home, make sure that the space where your child is playing and sleeping is safe. Use our resources to learn how:

Water safety

Drowning can happen quickly and silently, so children should always be actively supervised – make sure there is a designated adult watching children, don’t be distracted by your cell phone, book, or the temptation to nap. Explore our topics on drowning prevention for everything else you need to know to keep kids safe.