We’re looking forward to spring and summer, but as a homeschooling family, you’re apt to find us traveling any time of year. Traveling with kids is fun, but it can be a challenge to keep everyone healthy while you’re on the road. Come and take a look at what works for us.
1. Pack Healthy Snacks
When we’re on the road, we take our favorite healthy snacks with us to ward off hunger pains. It saves us money, since we don’t have to stop at every Chick Fil A on the way. It’s also MUCH healthier.
What do we bring? Anything and everything!
We recently discovered this electric cooler — just plug it into your lighter and you’re ready to go. We stick perishable items like yogurt, milk, sandwiches, fruits and vegetables in there. We also bring things that don’t need refrigeration, like pretzels, raisins, dried cranberries, fruit snacks, peanuts and more.
2. Keep them Hydrated
Hydration goes hand in hand with nutrition. You’ll see me and my children toting around our Klean Kanteens. When we stop for a potty break or to fill up the van with gas, we take our canteens in to fill them up with ice and water.
3. Get Them Involved
Children love to help plan – let them pick out the snacks to take on the road, or what restaurant you’ll choose for dinner. Getting them involved with the traveling plans might make them a wee bit more cooperative.
4. Keep them Moving
Long car rides are a pain in the butt (literally!) for grownups AND kids. Plan some cushion into your travel time to stop at a park or rest area to let the kids run off some steam. Don’t forget to pack tennis shoes, hiking boots or swimsuits.
5. Get Plenty of Sleep
Disrupting your normal routine can wreak havoc on even the most pleasant and easy-going children. It’s not worth the eventual melt down to run your family from sun up til sundown on vacation.
Build in nap times if age appropriate, and stick to your usual routines if possible. Don’t forget about time zone changes and the effect they may have on your sleep schedules.
6. Kill the Bad Germs
As a nurse, I’m acutely aware of lurking germs. I’m a stickler for good hand washing, and you’ll always find wet wipes and hand sanitizer in the van.
Do you have a favorite tip to keep kids healthy while traveling?