Traveling with kids can be a challenge. We all want out children to be safe and healthy while on vacation, especially during the summer when the weather is hot. Here are a few tips that can insure we are giving them all they need, even on the road, as well as things we should keep with us for emergencies.
1. First aid kit
I always carry both a traditional first aid kit, with bandages, etc, and many of my own home remedies that I know work well for my kids, such as peppermint for sick stomachs. If there are things you find effective for a sick child at home, you will want these with you.
2. Safe and comfortable seating
Be sure safety belts are in good condition, and there is plenty of room for your kids to be comfortable on a long drive.
If your child is on any medications, be sure to take these with you, along with adequate water, or whatever is needed to administer them.
4. Emergency numbers
You should always have numbers handy for doctors, health insurance, etc. I suggest having hard copies as well as contacts in your phone, because you never know.
5. Emergency info/medical records
Always carry info regarding your child’s medical records, or history, allergies, etc., in case of an accident.
Your children should have identification of some type on them at all times, in case they are somehow separated from you.
7. Emergency rations
This is a given for travel, in general, but even more important with regard to children, as they are usually more active, and require more nourishment. I even like to keep the herb chickweed in my first aid kit, because it not only heals, but is nutritious as well.
8. Travel board games, etc.
Happy is healthy, keeping minds occupied can avert carsickness, etc. Emotional health is important too. If not board games, video games, books, MP3 Players, or any other activities your children are interested in.
9. Proper ventilation
This is especially important in summer. A 10 hour drive in a car without proper ventilation can lead to illness, or even death, depending on the circumstances, of course. If you do not have air conditioning, check all car windows to be sure they are in proper working order.
10. Sick bags and clean up supplies
If children do get sick, in spite of precautions, there must be the proper tools to deal with this situation, so that they are not wallowing in their own sickness, and are kept clean and comfortable.
Follow these 10 suggestions, and your children should be as happy, safe, and healthy as possible on any long trip you might undertake this summer. Happy travels.