I truly love vacations. I love the chance to get away, relax, and explore some place new. One of my favorite vacation memories is when my entire family went to Hawaii. When I say my entire family, I mean my mom and dad, both of my brothers and their wives and children, and my husband and I and our kids. There were 15 of us traveling from California to Hawaii.
Needless to say, it was quite a caravan, but it was a once in a lifetime trip that we will all remember. My husband and I are already planning a trip back to Hawaii for our 25th anniversary. We are still debating if we want to bring the kids or not, but that’s another story.
One thing that can really put a wrench in your plans when you’re on vacation is when a family member becomes ill. Unfortunately, the plans that you envisioned of sightseeing, lounging at the beach, or just relaxing by the pool will not be your reality.
However, these simple tips can help keep your family healthy during your vacation so you can enjoy every minute of it.
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Listen folks, there are germs everywhere, especially where there are lots of people. Think of how many people go in and out of airports, hotels, museums, or any other sightseeing location. Everyone in your family should be washing their hands before they eat and when you return back to your hotel room.
Sometimes you may be in a location where your family is unable to wash their hands before eating. In that case, it’s important that you carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Although I prefer thorough hand washing over hand sanitizer, it’s better than nothing.
As we all know, we can’t kill all the germs we encounter. However, this action will help keep the germs that are picked up when your family is out and about somewhat under control.
So make sure your family is washing their hands frequently or using hand sanitizer if necessary.
Drinking water is so important to your health. However, sometimes when we are on vacation, we get too busy and don’t drink enough water.
People can get dehydrated quickly due to hot weather, sun exposure, and not drinking enough water. Symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, headache, muscle cramps, and constipation. These are things that you do not want your family to experience during your vacation.
One great way to keep your family hydrated during your vacation is to bring a reusable water bottle. Reusable water bottles are not only convenient, but they will save you money too. Do you ever notice that water bottles seem to cost double when you’re on vacation? Anyway, I really like the CamelBak for both kids and adults, but there are many other varieties to choose from.
So don’t forget to keep your family hydrated.
Get Enough Sleep
Sometimes we forget that our vacation is a time of relaxation. We try to fit in every sightseeing opportunity and feel that we need something to do every minute of the day.
Make sure that you and your family are getting enough sleep during your vacation. Lack of sleep can actually affect your immune system. People who are sleep deprived have a harder time fighting off germs and infections.
If getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night isn’t an option, then set aside some down time during the day for your family to relax and possibly take a nap. Not only will this help everyone’s immune system, but it also will save you from tired and cranky kids.
So don’t forget about getting enough sleep.
Try to Eat Healthy
Believe me, I know this step can be difficult. When I am on vacation, I want to splurge and eat what I want. Well, I have learned over the years of vacationing that my way of thinking can bring me tummy troubles. Tummy troubles that can negatively affect my entire vacation.
I think we all want to splurge a little on our vacation when it comes to food. And that’s ok. Just don’t overdo it.
Make sure that you and your family are eating fruits or vegetables with every meal. Limit everyone to one treat or splurge a day. If you do this, your family won’t feel deprived and won’t over indulge.
So eat fruits or vegetables with every meal and limit everyone to one treat a day.
Check out this recipe for Simple Homemade Granola.
We can take all the precautions in the world, but you may still have a family member become ill during your vacation. Being prepared can often minimize the duration of the illness.
First of all, keep a close eye on everyone. If you happen to see early signs of dehydration, lack of sleep, or tummy troubles, then slow down and take a rest day and treat the symptoms.
Next, make sure that you pack the necessary medications with you to help with any illness or discomfort that might arise. When vacationing, I always bring some type of pain reliever, antacid, Aloe Vera (for sunburns), organic tea (for constipation), and cold medicine. So if any symptoms arise, I can try to relieve them quickly before they get any worse.
So take a rest day if needed and pack necessary medications.
We all want to enjoy our vacation time with our families. Illness is not something we want to bring along or invite along the way. These are simple steps that we can take to ensure that we enjoy every minute of our time with our families. I hope these tips will help you keep your family healthy on your next vacation trip.
Another post you may enjoy is How to Save Money on Your Vacation.