5 Important Travel Health Tips
As summer gets into full swing, more and more families are planning vacations. As exciting and fun as vacations are, it is extremely important that parents make healthy decisions before and during their vacation in order to keep their children—and themselves—safe and happy.
1. EAT A SUBSTANTIAL BREAKFAST BEFORE DAY TRIPS: Taking your kids on day trips to amusement parks is, without a doubt, one of the most fun mini-vacations a family can do. As exciting as it is the morning of the trip, and as much as everyone just wants to get on the road, breakfast is essential! Eating breakfast at home will help you save money and make sure your family is eating good, nutritious food to get them energized for the day ahead. Whether on the road or walking about your destination, pack healthy snacks to keep your kids also hydrated and nourished throughout the day!
2. RECREATE SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT FOR BABIES AND SMALL CHILDREN: If you’re going to be away from home for multiple days, try to recreate your small child’s home sleeping environment. Bring stuffed animals, noise machines, pacifiers, swaddles, sheets and anything else you think may comfort your baby during the nights away from home. It may seem like a pain, but you will be glad you did. I always search through hotels on Gogobot to find family-friendly reviews. For example, when my family went to Florida I searched through the list of Orlando hotels and found a spot that had a quiet hours policy so my kids were ensured a complete night’s rest!
3. STOP FREQUENTLY DURING LONG CAR RIDES: Many families choose to drive to their vacation destinations. Although this can be a great adventure, you must be sure to take certain precautions. Stopping frequently is important because it will allow children to get rid of excess energy that builds up because of sitting still for so long in the car. Whether you stop at rest stops for bathroom breaks or parks to allow your kids to run around for a bit, it will help with restlessness.
4. ALWAYS KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR CHILDREN AROUND WATER: It seems like common sense, but it never hurts to have a reminder. Kids love water, but it can be extremely dangerous. Be sure to put life jackets on them when they are not only in the water, but also on a boat. Many places allow you to rent lifejackets, but it is also a good idea to bring them from home in case you cannot find a rental.
5. MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN WASH THEIR HANDS: An SCA survey notes that four out of ten people have seen someone leave the bathroom without washing their hands. As disgusting as this is, you can help prevent the spread of germs by being absolutely sure your children wash their hands as frequently as possible. It’s never too late for a vacation away! With summer in full swing get out there and take a getaway with your family! I hope these tips come in handy and remember, have fun and stay safe!
Kendra Thornton - A mother of 3. Before being promoted to the full time position of mommy, she was the former Orbitz director of communications. She has been to 28 countries on 6 continents and have been quoted in the news about seasonal travel trends and destinations all over the United States.
*Disclosure - This article was provided to me by Kendra Thornton. All opinions expressed in this are not influenced by monetary compensation.