It goes without saying that most people will do whatever it takes to see their family be as happy and healthy as possible. This is certainly true when we’re traveling as a family and with loved ones under our care, such as children and aging parents, since their health is in our hands. However, managing to keep those in our household free from sorrow and sickness when far from home is an ongoing challenge, especially for those in caretaker roles who have to be willing to do so on a daily basis throughout a trip.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go about keeping your family happy and healthy on vacation completely on your own. Here are five ways to keep you family happy and healthy while traveling.
Ensure your children and other close family members under your care are adhering to a well-balanced diet. It may seem difficult to do while traveling, but pack smart. Start by replacing child-friendly staples, which are full of fat and sugar and are typically without much nutrition. For instance, you may want to have your kids start their day with fruit-topped oatmeal cups rather than bowls of sugary breakfast cereal. Swap chicken nuggets for healthier cuts of meat, and keep portions of macaroni and cheese and other carb-heavy foods within reasonable limits.
2. Pain Management
Older members of the family will have aches and pains to deal with, especially after many hours of walking around from one sightseeing one place to another. As their caretaker, it’s important to provide an environment that minimizes the chances of chronic injuries from flaring up, as well as assisting in their pain management when necessary. This advice also applies to those looking after any pets while on vacation; recognizing the signs a dog is in pain or a cat is injured is an important part of owning a pet. If basic responses to pain don’t seem to help, seek medical assistance immediately.
Parents love to complain but how their kids do nothing but sit around looking at their phones all day, but they rarely make any effort to do something about the situation. This is even the case on vacation. Organize activities, which involve the whole family. Once a year or twice a year family vacations centered on sightseeing, museum hopping or theme park exploring are worthwhile ideas to consider. Anything that gets everyone up on their feet and moving around is worth doing.
Teaching children the pillars of good personal hygiene is essential to keeping them healthy, particularly when traveling through new environments. This is especially the case when it comes to oral hygiene. Furthermore, it’s imperative to maintain a clean home, even when away from home and staying in a hotel. Keep clutter to a minimum and be on the lookout for any signs of accumulated dirt, mold and grime. With that being said, it’s important not to go overboard with hygiene and cleaning, as this has been associated with an increase in allergy problems among children.
Lastly, you want to engage in regular interaction with your loved ones if you want to help them be as healthy and happy as possible on vacation. Conversation about the trip experience, participating in activities like those previously mentioned, and other forms of interaction can clue you into what’s going on in the lives of your kids and other family members. Furthermore, interaction on vacation strengthens the bonds between family members. The result is a greater likelihood of identifying key areas where health and happiness could improve, allowing caretakers to take more effective measures to achieve that goal.
We all want our family to be as happy and healthy as possible. For those under your care during vacation, your role takes on new significance considering you play an important part in the traveling experience. With a little bit of guidance, you can develop routines and habits, which all but guarantee that your loved ones will be as healthy and happy as can be, whether at home or on the road.