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How to Stay Healthy While Travelling with Kids

Posted by Adam Smith on 20/03/2017
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When you are travelling on a holiday with your kids, you don’t want to land up in a situation where you are running around in the middle of the night searching for a medical store to get medicine for your kid who is down with a fever. You cannot prevent any kind of sickness while you are away from your home, but there are some healthy habits/things you can adhere to stay healthy while you are travelling with your kids.

 

Family-Friendly Fitness Retreats

 

If you don’t want to sacrifice your fitness while you are away from your home; make sure you have selected hotels and resorts offering babysitting services, having access to fitness classes would be an added advantage. Some resorts do offer swimming and tennis classes along with pony rides and camping, particularly for the kids. You also get to choose from a wide range of activities such as Yoga, paragliding, and different types of water sports.

 

Camps and nature tours are also a great option when it comes to a family-friendly retreat. In this case, you get to indulge in varied activities along with your kids out in the open. In addition, the camp staff also organise particular activities planned especially for both the kids and their parents. You can also go for mountain climbing, knowing that your kid is safely enjoying canoeing under the guidance of trained instructors.

Family-Friendly Fitness Retreats
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Walking Tours

 

As a parent, if you are looking for less-traditional and an active family holiday, then you can opt for walking/hiking tours. Make sure you have carried a foldable stroller as it is not an option rather it is a priority. Irrespective of the place you are visiting, walking tours can also be arranged. Well, there are three reasons as for why you should consider them – first it gives an opportunity to stay fit, you get to spend some time with your kids, and you also get to explore the destination.

 

You can also opt for hiking tours designed for both the kids and the parents. Jurassic Coast is one of the popular ones as it also offers various safe and gorgeous beaches where the kids can enjoy having a short swim and making sand castles. Some of the popular destinations you can explore along with your kids are – Weymouth, Purbeck, Abbotsbury, and Lyme Regis.

 Walking Tours
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Make Sure You Have Time To Unwind

 

When you are on holidays, you will certainly be exploring various tourist attractions, but you also need to make sure you have plenty of time to unwind. Travelling is a great way of having a break from your regular hectic schedules. Try and indulge more with your kids and be a part of their activities. Sound sleep is really important in order to enjoy good health and after having a hectic day of activities ensure your kid enjoys a sound sleep.

 

If your kids are having enough sleep, it will really help them to stay active throughout the day and they will feel more active to explore more and more destinations with you. Make sure you have also kept a check on what your kids are eating. Good sleep will also refill your adrenal glands and also helps gives a boost to the energy levels.

 Make sure you have time to unwind
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Prevention Is Better Than Cure

 

Make sure you have visited the official website of Public Health Department of that particular country to know more about any potential health risks and if any immunisation is required when travelling to that country. For instance, if you are travelling to South America, then you need to have a prior vaccine to save yourself and your kids from yellow fever. 

 

Yes, vaccination does play a vital role, but along with that don’t forget to pack some extra vitamins and supplements before you start your travelling. Make sure you have a Health Kid’s Probiotic, it certainly does come handy in preventing and relieving tummy upsets & strengthens the immune system. Not to mention, carrying a first-aid box will always come handy and it should ideally include –alcohol wipes, band-aids, sunscreen, antibiotic cream, insect repellent, and steroid cream for rashes.

 Prevention Is Better Than Cure
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Eating Healthy

 

Make sure you have done a prior research as to where you will find the grocery stores and farmer markets as well or you can also choose to search them when you have reached your destination. Make sure you freeze-dried and fresh vegetables & fruits.

 

There are various options available to enjoy a quick snack such as – grain tortilla chips, grain bread, and grain crackers. While you are travelling, having healthy snacks will also come handy, you can go for – nuts, peanut butter, dark chocolate, and packed dried fruits. If you are planning to cook, then make sure you have prepared the recipes well in advance.

 Eating Healthy
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Stay Dehydrated

 

It is important you have ensured you and your kids stay hydrated during the long hours of flight. Owing to the recycled air in the airplane, you end up being dehydrated, so it is advisable you drink six ounces of water. Kids get dehydrated more quickly than adults, so make your kids drink water at regular intervals. Being rich in both potassium and iron, you can carry coconut water. If you are travelling on the road, you can carry green or mint iced tea. 

 

You can opt for carrying different hydrated food as well as well. Some fruits and vegetables can easily hydrate the body than water; out of all the solid foods celery, cucumbers, papaya, and watermelon can prove beneficial in hydrating the body.

Stay Dehydrated
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Handwashing 

 

Kids usually loiter around mud and keep touching different things here and there, you can’t stop them all the time. Being a responsible parent, you have to ensure that they wash their hands properly using a soap. It is no brainer that if they don’t wash their hands properly, their hands will carry germs and diseases. When you ensure your kids wash their hands properly, you are also ensuring the well-being of your kid’s health.

 

If you somehow have forgotten to carry the soap, you don’t need to worry as you can purchase baby wipes to clean your baby’s hands, followed by a hand sanitiser. You can also opt to clear the surfaces where your kids will be sitting such as the table of a restaurant. 

Handwashing
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