Christmas is a great time to travel and spend time with friends and family. Unfortunately, it happens right in the midst of cold and flu season, and no one wants to get sick for the holidays. If you are traveling with kids during the holiday season this year, here are a few tips to help keep them healthy.
Keeping Kids Healthy While Traveling
- Stay on schedule. You have to be flexible when you are traveling. It’s impossible to plan around every nap time, every snack time, or every bed time. But as much as you can, help your kids stick to their regular schedules. This will ensure they are getting enough rest to stay strong. It also makes for a nicer trip, to be honest – spending the afternoon with a toddler who missed their nap is a sure way to land everyone on the naughty list.
- Eat healthy. Bring healthy snacks that you know your kids enjoy, so you don’t get stuck buying junk food at a gas station in the middle of no where when they are hungry. Factor time to eat into your travel schedule, so you aren’t grabbing fast food on the go meal after meal. And if all else fails, tell your kids you are eating “reindeer snacks” and pass around a bag of carrots. ‘Tis the season!
- Watch the sweets. We all know there will be some sweets – it’s Christmas, after all. But that doesn’t mean eating sugar plums and candy canes all day long. Talk with your family about what you do or don’t want your kids to eat before you visit, so they don’t offer cookies, brownies, candy canes, chocolate covered cherries, and other candies to your kids all in the same day.
- Prevent sickness before it attacks. Your kids may be exposed to a lot of germs while traveling, so it’s more important than ever to make sure their immune systems are strong and working. Vitamins can help give children the extra support and protection they need. I love the ChildLife Essentials vitamins, because they have high-quality liquid vitamins for kids. Liquid vitamins are great because they are better absorbed by the body, can be given to kids at a younger age, and they are less sugary than gummy vitamins. You can even mix them into yogurt if you have a picky kid who doesn’t like medicine.
- Bring an extra gloves and hats with you if you are going somewhere cold. If your kids are like mine, inevitably they will lose hats, gloves, and maybe even a jacket at some point during the trip. You don’t want to be caught without them on the day when the perfect snowfall happens and your kids want to go outside and play in it.
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Do you have any tips for keeping kids healthy during the holiday season? Share them in the comments!
Jessica — Mom of Sophie & Jake