Road trips can be one of the most fun, and most memorable ways to travel as a family! There are songs to sing together and games to play in the car and it makes great memories (between all the bickering and “are we there yet”s). See fun road trip activities here… this post contains affiliate links.
One thing that we don’t like to talk about, but should is safety during road trips. One thing that is a huge concern for parents of young kids is having an accident while on the road trip. While scary at any time, thinking about something happening while gone is no good at all!
While we don’t like thinking about the what ifs, it’s worth thinking through what if you are driving knocked out by an accident but your kids are fine in the back seat. Little ones probably don’t know all their emergency contact numbers, their pediatrician’s name or their allergies. Even if they knew them, they probably won’t be super reliable in a moment of crisis.
Which is where car seat decals come in. Print these out, fill them out and then put them on the car seat. You can even laminate them with this handy stuff (no special machine required). They are nice and bright so the hope is that it would catch the eye of emergency works who respond. On the decal they can find the name of the child’s pediatrician, and even emergency contact numbers, in case your phone is smashed or locked.
This could help your child get help and surrounded by loved ones quicker in the case of emergency, and their own pediatrician could hear the news faster too.
I’ve made them in a variety of colors so you can print them, laminate them and then tape them to the side of your car seats. There is no guarantee that they will be noticed, but I love the peace of mind that it’s given me, that I’ve done everything I can to help my kiddos in case of emergency and I’m not there to give information or names/numbers. There are two rows for parents but also a special emergency contact line, which would be perfect to fill in with the closest friend or relative out of town that you might be visiting.
I know this is something we all hate thinking about, but it’s important to prepare for as much as we can.
You can get your decals below. They come in a variety of colors and they are 99 cents for a set of two (one for each side of the car seat).
Since thinking about all of this, I realized this is also the purpose of those “baby on board” decals. To alert emergency crew or people driving by to check the back of the car, even before an emergency crew arrives. I never understood until I had kids!
Do you have any safety tips for road trips? Share in the comments!