General travel tips
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:
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
Warm weather destinations
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:
- Bed time safety
- Play time safety
- Playground safety
- Safety around the house (also applies to hotels and when visiting family)
- 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.