Travel Tip: Put a Phone Number On Your Kid

A few months ago, I took my youngest to an amusement park with a large group of friends and their moms. As we all gathered at the front entrance with a gaggle of 5 - 7 year olds, I noticed one mom writing her cell number on her child's arm. Brilliant idea! For kids who aren't ready to remember a phone number, it's a simple way to keep an emergency number visible in case she gets lost. Once we started looking, though, we found a number of clever ways to connect your child to your phone number. Read on for our top tips!

Wherever you are traveling this summer, you might feel more secure if you knew that your child could get help if he or she got lost. Making sure that someone can call you can provide that extra step of prevention. The ideas we liked best range from simple DIYs to slightly more involved purchases. Either way, whichever appeals to you will get the job done.

Sharpie on the arm: Easily the simplest and most economical version, simply write your phone number on your child's arm in Sharpie. Done!

SafetyTat: A slightly more "official" version of the Sharpie on the arm, SafetyTat is a temporary tattoo on which you can write your phone number.

Phone Number Bracelet: This bracelet is super easy to make with some simple products from the craft store. Check out Crafty Soccer Mom's tutorial.

Safety Shirt: Certainly this shirt gets the message across without displaying your number for all to see. You simply write your number under the left sleeve so it can be found in case of emergency.

Safety Necklace: Another take on the phone-number-as-jewelry. We love the clever use of a bottle cap as the medium for your number. The necklace can also be unobtrusive if worn under a shirt. Unique By U provides a great tutorial.

Do you have a foolproof way of keeping your number and your child together? Let us know in the comments.

(Images: 1. Flickr user Zen licensed for use under Creative Commons 2. SafetyTat 3. Crafty Soccer Mom 4. Tig Tagz 5.Unique By U)

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Beth is a writer, crafter, DIYer and design enthusiast, living in L.A. with her husband, 2 young boys, and a large mutt named Caesar. She loves fonts, yoga, matcha lattes, and home-grown tomatoes and is not shy about being a consummate nerd.

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