General travel tips

Travelling abroad

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.

  • Leave the phone alone or ask a passenger to take care of it while you drive.
  • Make sure you have an alternate transportation plan if you are going to drink or use drugs.
  • Drive the speed limit.
  • 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 and recreation.

Warm weather destinations

The warm weather opens up endless possibilities for fun on your vacation. Make it a safe one, with our safety tips on summer sports and recreation and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

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

  • Use lifejackets for boating, kayaking or canoeing activities.
  • Take swimming lessons prior to, or during, your trip.
  • Avoid 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 about:

Water safety

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