Healthy Family Travel Tips

Summer trips with the family are where lifelong memories are made. Planning for the trip can be fun, as you imagine all that you will see and do. However, you should also start thinking about the kinds of things you should bring to safeguard your health. We recommend the following tips to ensure you’re prepared so you can enjoy your travels to the maximum.

Who Is Going On the Trip?

If a little one who still drinks formula is traveling with you, pack enough of it so you don’t need to hunt down extra mid-vacation. Are there any special vitamins that need to be packed? It is always a good idea to get refills of prescriptions prior to going out of town, so you don’t run out of medicine while enjoying the sights. Also, bring along your medical insurance cards so you can call the provider if you need to visit a clinic or need urgent care while traveling.

Pack a First Aid Kit to Encompass the Trip Plan

It makes sense to have everything you need for any health concern in a first aid kit that is packed ahead of time. It can be challenging to find over-the-counter medicine and first aid supplies while you are on the road or traveling by airplane, and it can also be much more expensive. Packing Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes, pain reliever and medicine for stomachaches makes sense. Sunscreen and bug repellent are important to pack too, if you’ll be spending time outdoors.

Eating Right

One of the joys of traveling is trying new foods and snacking more often than usual. If anyone in the family has special dietary needs, buy prepackaged snacks that meet those needs. It can be challenging to find healthy snacks and meals at convenience stores and fast food restaurants. Moreover, tourist attraction sites are notorious for selling food that is high in fat and packed full of sugar.

Clothes for the Elements

Packing the right clothes for your destination’s climate is also important to consider. While on vacation, people spend more time outdoors than they normally do. Wearing hats and protective clothing can prevent sunburn. And don’t forget the sunscreen! Wearing layers and keeping little ones cool will also help prevent heat exhaustion when traveling to warmer areas. If you’ll be hiking in the woods or camping where there are wood ticks, long socks and protective clothing can also help prevent tick bites.

For more family travel tips regarding your health, contact Green Hills Pediatric Associates.