How to Keep Your Kids Safe in Niue
Travelling far away from home can be a daunting experience with little ones. Luckily, Niue is pretty much as safe as it gets. With little to no crime, almost no dangerous diseases and no dangerous animals, it’s the perfect destination to pick if you after a safe yet exotic holiday. But because those words of reassurance won’t be enough to reassure the most caring of parents, and because it’s always better to be prepared, we’ve put together some health and safety tips for travelling Niue with kids!
1. Sunscreen Sunscreen Sunscreen!
Niue is a tropical island with a LOT of sun! On one hand, this is great because that is probably why you are visiting. On the other hand, kids will need extra sun protection throughout the day. We have put together a list of eco-friendly sunscreen for kids to help you find the best fit to protect your kids without harming their skin or the fragile coral reefs that surround Niue. For the younger kids or more sensitive skin, you may also want to consider UV-protective clothing too. See more things to pack for kids in 10 Gadgets for Kids to Take to Niue.
2. Kid’s Feeling Sick? Be Proactive
It may not be the most fun of holiday activities, but going to the doctor as soon as symptoms show may be the difference between one day in bed and the whole holiday ruined. Local doctors are well trained at detecting local diseases and probably much more accustomed to remedying the local illnesses than your doctor back home. If you or any of your kids are feeling sick during your trip to Niue, check in with a local doctor – don’t wait until you go home. That way, you can find a solution so you can get back to enjoying paradise as soon as possible.
3. Bring Baby Formula With You
It is a well-known fact that changing baby formula can bring bowel complications for babies, and since travelling will already stress them a bit, you may avoid adding extra issues. Plus, Niue has a very limited inventory so if your baby has any specific needs, you are better off arriving already prepared.
4. Don’t Forget Them When Packing Your First Aid Kit
Often, first aid kits only include adult medication and a few band-aids. We suggest making your own first aid kit for the tropics. In fact, we have a list of What Medication to Pack for Niue ready for you. If you pack your own, make sure to include kids’ meds too. Get ready with, for example, kids’ electrolytes, as a common illness in Niue is dehydration due to sun exposure.
5. Check Evacuation Plans for Specific Instructions for Children
From the airplane to the airport to your hotel to boat tours, evacuation plans are almost always overlooked. But quite often they have a “kids specific” component. For instance, in the case of an emergency in an airplane, you are advised to put your oxygen mask on first and then your kid’s, helping you keep sharp and focussed to do the job well. So keep an eye for any child-specific instructions so you are well prepared.
6. Keep an Eye Out for Child-Size Life Jackets
Chances are that if you are going to spend time in Niue, you’ll find yourself on a boat at one point or another. Once in a lifetime whale watching and epic fishing are simply a must-do when visiting this raised coral atoll. Although they should all have them, make sure to ask the captain or check for yourself that the vessel is equipped with life jackets that will fit your kids!
7. Set Meeting Points Everywhere You Go
Having a plan in case anybody in the family gets lost is key to having a worry-free holiday. When in an airport, your hotel or anywhere, decide on a meeting point in case anybody wanders astray. That way, everybody will converge to the same place if somebody is missing. It may sound simple but it is probably the most useful tips on this list!
8. Pack Your Own Inflatables
In Niue, there is no avoiding it: you and your kids will spend some time in the water. From rock pools to swimming pools, swimming is the best way to make your holiday really tropical and enjoy the best that Niue has to offer. Just so everybody is safe and has fun in the water. Pack yourself a couple of buoyancy aids such as inflatable seats or armbands. Of course, keep your eye on children when playing in the water, especially in coastal areas.
9. Fight the Mosquitos
Although Niue is mostly free of most mosquito-borne diseases, mosquitos bites are never fun. We’ve got plenty of tips on how to keep the mosquitos at bay so you are having a mosquito-free trip to Niue. Plus, make sure to add antiseptic soothing cream in your first aid kits to soothe the skin and reduce the risk of infection.
10. Get Their Vaccines Done
Although Niue in itself is very safe when it comes to infectious diseases, it is still advised for kids to have their vaccines done and up-to-date for travelling anywhere in the world. We suggest booking an appointment with your GP about a month before departure to discuss what needs to be done and schedule nurse appointments. For more information on the subject, check out Do You Need Vaccines to Travel to Niue?