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How to Keep Your Family Safe During Your Hawaii Holiday

Posted by Lisa D. Buff on 07/09/2016
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Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations for holiday among families, singles and couples. It beckons thousands of visitors each year to enjoy its beautiful beaches and tropical inland regions. This incredible natural beauty is probably the prime reason why many decide to visit the Hawaiian Islands, but families also appreciate the fact that this tropical paradise is a pretty safe and trouble-free holiday spot.

Despite its reputation as one of the top family destinations in the world, it’s important to be aware that even Hawaii can hold some hazards that visitors might not be aware of. If you want prevent any accidents and unplanned events, make sure to follow these safety tips:

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Sun protection

The tropical weather that envelopes Hawaii and its pristine turquoise waters tempt new visitors to just drop their suitcases and head out to the beach in their bikinis and swim trunks. However, in Hawaii, more than anywhere else, this favourite holiday activity should always be coupled with the proper sunblock. Here is why:

Hawaii is relatively close to the equator, which means that your skin will be subjected to the strongest sun rays across the globe. The UV or ultraviolet index passes a value of 14 each day so make sure to always wear high-value SPF sunscreen – even when it’s cloudy. And if someone in your family is generally sensitive to sunlight, they may want to consider limiting their exposure to direct sunlight to early morning and late afternoon.

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Ocean safety

Regardless of your previous experience with the ocean, there are some water safety tips you should have in mind while in Hawaii. Hawaii’s waters can seem deceivingly inviting and at the same time hold many hazards such as large waves, rip currents and sharp coral reefs, as well dangerous marine creatures. One of the best ways to make sure you’re always up do date with Hawaii’s changing ocean conditions is to select a beach location that’s close to a lifeguard station and be on the lookout for any warning signs or red flags set out by the lifeguards.

The best beaches for families are those that are calm and flat and have a smaller swell where children can jump the smooth rolling waves. Still, even at such beaches, you should always keep an eye on the ocean to be ready for unexpected waves that might sneak up the beach at any time. Never leave your kids sleeping close to the water and avoid swimming or even walking by the shore with your back turned back to the ocean.

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Volcano safety precautions

Visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and seeing an active volcano is undoubtedly a highlight of many Hawaii holidays. However, areas that are in close proximity to a volcano are constantly exposed to high amounts of vog – volcanic smog that contains dust, water vapour, sulphur dioxide and other gaseous components. Breathing it in can result in coughing and a burning sensation in the mouth, nose and eyes.

If Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on your itinerary, try to remain upwind from a vog that tends to creep down the coastline. Ideally, pregnant women, young children and sensitive seniors, as well as anyone with heart concerns or respiratory issues such as asthma, may want to look at the volcano from afar.

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Hiking safety

You’ll definitely want to explore the hills and mountainsides of Hawaii because the flora and fauna are outstanding and unique to this area. The good news is that hiking in Hawaii is generally safe, but there are still some hiking tips that can help you prevent unwanted situations. With the proper preparation, you can safely explore the Hawaiian Islands for hours on end.

First of all, always let someone know where and when your family is going to be hiking in case of any emergency. Make sure everyone is dressed properly and wearing sturdy hiking boots or sports footwear (not flip flops) in order to protect their ankles and feet from any injuries. Mosquito repellent is also an absolute must so pack it along with some non-perishable food and lots of water. Finally, and most importantly, make sure that everyone stays on the designated path at all times in order to avoid getting lost or injured.

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Wildlife

The Islands are largely safe because big predators or snakes aren’t part of the ecosystem. However, be aware of both centipedes and scorpions. Centipedes tend to enjoy the tropical part of the island, whereas scorpions love the dry side. As you explore the islands, avoid these animals whenever possible because their bites can be very painful and make your holiday a difficult one.

In addition, it is advisable not to eat anything you find growing along the hiking trails. Although some fruits and plants might look tempting, they may be poisonous to humans.

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About the author:

Lisa is a twenty-something travel lover and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys sharing her travel tips and experiences with the world. When she doesn’t travel, she pretends to be a sociology student. In her spare time, you can find Lisa perfecting her macaron baking skills or reading a book on women’s issues across different cultures. You can follow her @buff_lisa.