Family Vacation Guide
- Babysitters On Vacation
- Pain Free Packing Pointers
- Games on the Move
- The Car Ride
- Hotel Suite Childproofing Tips
- First Aid Kit and Local Emergency Phone Numbers
- Hotel Safety Questions & Answers
- While on Your Trip
Babysitters On Vacation
Visiting Angels provides caregivers for your children in your hotel suite while you enjoy all the fun and entertainment that Niagara's night life has to offer. To ensure your peace of mind, Visiting Angels provides you with the following safeguards:
- All caregivers undergo an extensive hiring process, including:
- First Aid/C.P.R. Certification
- Fully trained, bonded and insured staff
- Police checked for a criminal record
- Work and personal references
- Appropriate qualifications
- Training programs
- Caregivers can not smoke, or allow guests in the hotel suite.
- Caregivers are equipped with a First Aid Kit and Activity Kit which includes reading books, games, puzzles, song sheets, colouring books and crayons.
- Child care is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week
- Services to be booked 72 hours in advance and require 24 hour cancellation policy
- Extended service can be arranged for care requirements which exceed 6 hours
Toll Free: 1-877-239-4397
Customer Service: 1-905-685-4242
Unless your home has wheels, you can't bring everything with you. So here are some recommendations on what should be at the top of your list when traveling with children:
- First aid supplies like bandages, antiseptic ointment, clean towels and any medication your child may require.
- Baby wipes, baby food, water, juice, diapers and bottles.
- Bring clothes for 2 changes each day each child, and bring clothes that will suit both warm & cold weather.
- Pacifier, toys, stuffed animals that will comfort the child or for them to play with.
- You may want to leave behind things that can be easily bought once you arrive at your destination.
- Have someone pick up newspaper or other deliveries as they will make your home appear unoccupied.
- Use a timer to have some lights come on at night and give the appearance that someone is home.
Games on the Move
Bringing a deck of playing cards or crossword puzzles in the car may keep children occupied for much of the trip. Avoid board games or games with many little parts that will get lost in the car. If none of your children's games seem suitable for the vehicle, there are many games that can pass the time without making a mess of the car. Kids can make a game of spotting out of state license plates, or play "I spy with my little eye", or bingo. Remember that pastimes should be kept quiet enough so as not to distract the driver at any time.
By nature, children are excited to be going somewhere, and very anxious for that surprise to arrive. So keeping them occupied on the car ride may mean the difference between a good or bad start to your trip.
Try starting the drive very late at night so the children will sleep for the majority of the trip. If that won't work for you, be sure to bring books for them to read, and even headphones so they can listen to their own music on the ride. Coloring books and hand held video games are good ideas.
Planning your stops may also help the traveling go more smoothly, so use a map to find areas you and your family can stop every few hours to eat, relax, stretch and use the washroom. Be extra cautious when driving through crowded downtown areas that are packed with children and other tourists.
Hotel Suite Childproofing Tips
By nature, children are extremely curious, think of your hotel suite as a smaller version of your home by taking the same safety measures. By keeping your hotel suite as safe as possible allows them to satisfy their curiosity and saves you from jumping every few minutes.
Never allow your child to leave the room or suite alone. A hotel is a very large place to a child and it is very easy to get lost. Make sure all doors to the room are secure so your child does not slip out while your attention is elsewhere.
If your child is old enough to explore on their own, make sure they know the room number and that they are staying at the Embassy Suites By Hilton Niagara Falls - Fallsview Hotel.
Finally, remember that all hotels may not be equipped with the little comforts that make your child feel at home, so bring a night light or plush toy or blanket that your child is familiar with and will be comforting to them.
First Aid Kit and Local Emergency Phone Numbers
First aid kits can be packed and brought along on your vacation; here are some things you may want to include:
- bandages or gauze
- antibacterial cream or ointment
- antiseptic wipes
- tape, scissors and tensor bandage
- allergy medication, aspirin or other pain reliever
- blankets, flashlight
- extra prescription medication
Don't forget the following necessities if you are traveling by car:
- jumper cables
- mallet, crowbar, tire iron
- flares or reflective road markers
- cell phone
|Greater Niagara General Hospital||905-358-0171|
|Niagara Regional Police||905-688-4111 or dial 911|
|Fire Department||905-356-1321 or dial 911|
It is also a good idea to carry a list of any medical conditions or allergies your children or any family member may have. This can help paramedics in case of emergency. Also include the name and phone number of your family doctor and the name of your Health Insurance provider as well as phone number and policy number.
Hotel Safety Questions & Answers
Here are some safety features you may want to ask before booking a hotel suite.
Does the hotel suite:
- Have emergency exits and fire escapes clearly posted on the door or elsewhere in the room? - YES
- Have slide locks or deadbolts as well as peepholes in the doors? - YES
- Have a balcony? - NO
- Use electronic keys instead of traditional keys? -YES
- Feature a safe for valuables? - YES
- Provide cribs, if so; are they up to standards with the Consumer Product Safety Commission? - YES
- Have down as well as foam pillows? - YES
- Have its own thermostat to adjust temperature? - YES
Does the hotel:
- Have secured on site parking? - YES
- Have stairs and elevators? - YES
- Provide on site security services? - YES
While on your trip
- Confirm reservations before arriving.
- Discuss what you plan to accomplish before setting out to explore each day.
- Bring enough money for gas, food, and lodging.
- Tours and special activities you may want to buy on your vacation may not be what they seem. Use your judgment and choose tour and activity operators that seem reputable and well known.