Safety Snapshot

A Photo Is Worth A Thousand WordsChild sitting on floor next to window at airplane watching airplanes

  • What: Safety Snapshot
  • When: 12 months and up
  • Why: Keep kids safe, remember what they’re wearing
  • Where: In crowded places

Ever traveled with your kids and worried about them wandering off – or worse? Have trouble keeping track of all your kids in crowded spaces like sporting events, busy airports, and congested train stations? Here’s a handy hint for anytime you take your kids into busy places where they could easily be separated. Take a quick photo beforehand.

Three kids with luggage backpacks sitting on plane train
Whenever I travel with my kids, I have a photo of their outfits that day.

Then, in the worst case scenario, you not only have a recent picture to share with anyone helping you look for your kids, you also have a snapshot of what they’re wearing on that exact day. The difference between saying “My kid is wearing a red shirt with jeans and rainbow sneakers” and showing someone a photo of the exact outfit speeds up the search considerably, meaning you get reunited with your kids sooner.

Kids walking through airport as seen from behind
I find it easier to take a photo than to remember what each kid is wearing.

I’ve never had to use my photos, but even with my kids at ages 11, 9, and 7, I still take a quick shot at the beginning of our big excursions, especially when we travel. Even though I don’t dress them in similar or identical clothing any longer, I make sure I have a shot of what they’re wearing. You never know when it will come in handy. And best of all, you have at least one photo for the memory books.

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