Summer is almost here! And we all know what that means: vacations and travel! Fun times are just around the corner! But with travel comes inevitable safety and health hazards, especially when you’re traveling with children. Take these 10 tips into account and have a happy and healthy summer traveling with your family.
Pack the Medicine
Your kids may or may not have prescriptions. If they do, make sure to pack the supply you have, and talk to the pediatrician before you leave and get a written prescription for a refill and pack that too! This way, if meds get lost or run out, your child will not be without something he or she needs. Also, it’s always a good idea to pack children’s Tylenol, Benedryl and other over-the-counter medications your children may use somewhat regularly.
First Aid Kits
This will be good for you and your children. Injuries whether big or small may happen while traveling, so be prepared. Bandages, antiseptic, Neosporin, gauze, and all of the other first aid essentials should be with you at all time. And if anyone in the family has a sever allergy to anything, an Epi-Pen should be in the first aid kit as well. Safety first!
Nobody likes to delay their trips to the beach or the lake, or anywhere really by stopping to apply sunscreen. But it is necessary to stay safe and healthy. Not only are sunburns uncomfortable, they increase the risk of skin cancer and can cause dehydration, and physical illness. You don’t want that for yourself, let alone your children.
Vaccinations: Yes or No?
If you are planning to travel abroad with your kids, make sure to find out if any vaccines are required or recommended. And if they are, make sure you and your children are vaccinated. Even if it is only recommended, it is better to be safe than to have a sick child on your hands. If they recommend it, there is a good reason for it!
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottles)
Bottled water can be expensive and wasteful. And let’s face it, it’s not always advisable to drink the tap water when you travel or perhaps tap water isn’t available. Why not bring a filtering bottle like those made by Brita or Water Bobble? Now, in some areas (like certain countries abroad), these bottles may not filter out all microorganisms, but if you are camping or traveling within the U.S. then these will be helpful, reassuring, and environmentally friendly.
Groceries on the Road
Rather than dine at restaurants that may or may not be sanitary, you can always take coolers with you and shop at local grocery stores along the way. Then you know what you are eating, and you can make sure everything is healthy and allergen-free.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
We cannot emphasize this enough! Keep your kids hydrated! The reusable water bottles will help with this, but anytime you are outdoors make sure your children take frequent drink breaks, and even if it means more rest stops on the road, make sure they stay hydrated on the road as well. Dehydration can go from minor to serious and even life-threatening very quickly!
Hand Sanitizer (or Hand Soap)
Some of us are averse to hand sanitizer, as it is known to have some unsafe chemicals in it. But sometimes it just isn’t possible to wash little hands with soap and water. If you can, bring soap with you. If not, there are Triclosan-free hand sanitizers available, such as those from CleanWell. You can also use baby wipes in a pinch to clean up messy children.
Watch out for Bugs
Bug bites happen a lot during summer, and depending on where you go, your kids may get more than usual. Make sure that you treat bug bites to prevent scratching and infections. Also, if your kids are out running around in the woods or grass, etc…check them over for ticks before you get back in the car or settle in for the night. You may want to consider insect-repellent and California Baby makes an all-natural insect repellent for children in case you do not like the standard variety.
Meals and Sleep
Make sure, even though you are traveling and your normal schedules will be disrupted, that you and your children stop to eat often enough (and preferably eat healthily) and that you allow you children enough time to sleep. Kids respond best to routine, so maintaining regular meals and allowing them time to rest is very important even while traveling.
Summer travel can be a lot of fun! For you and your kids. Just keep these tips in mind and have the time of your lives! Make memories with your family and enjoy the season!