It’s deep into the summer season, and the livin’ is easy, right? Well, the weather may be warm and sunny, and the time off of school may be fun for your little ones, but that doesn’t mean your job as a mom slows down. No school and no cold, wet weather tend to help kids stay cold-and-flu-free, but that can all change when summer vacation travel enters the picture. From germy airplanes to unfamiliar contaminations, summer vacation can turn into a summer sickness if you’re not careful. Here are some of our best tips on how to keep your daughter healthy and the germs at bay while your family embarks on their summer adventure.
Help Support Their Immune Systems
Your kids’ bodies aren’t used to the stresses of traveling, meaning their immune systems can struggle a bit during vacations. Making sure your kids eat healthy is hard in the best of circumstances. Likewise, when you’re on the road, you can’t always control the availability of fresh, healthy food. But if you make sure your kids take their multi-vitamins (according to their doctor’s advice) before, during, and after your trip, you can at least ensure they get those vital nutrients. Lack of sleep (hopefully due to excitement, and nothing more difficult than that) can also negatively impact a kiddo’s immune system, so maintaining something like their normal bedtime routine can help. Lastly, summer heat can be hard on the body, especially on those long days of traveling. Helping your kid stay hydrated may mean letting them have flavored water or whatever hydrating beverage they love the most, to make sure they’re drinking enough.
Always Wash the Day Away
After a long day of fun in the sun, at the museum, hiking — wherever your summer vacation takes you — it’s a good idea to make sure your kids wash the grime of the day away before they jump into a bed covered in germs and spend all night rolling around in dirty sheets. Even if your little one is reluctant about jumping into the tub, you can guarantee that she’ll want to get clean at the end of the day by packing her favorite Play-Doh bath time products. The 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash formula can be easily tucked away in her suitcase and does triple duty in the tub to make sure the dirt and germs go down the drain.
Bust Germs On the Go
You know that frequent, careful hand washing is an excellent way to kill and prevent the spread of germs. But when you’re vacationing away from home, you won’t always have consistent access to soap, water, and clean towels. Enter the genius mom-saver that is Townleygirl’s collection of over a dozen types of scented, kid-friendly hand sanitizer that will zap germs away any time of day. Yummy scents, cute colors, and portable holders branded with their favorite cartoon themes, like Trolls, Marvel Avengers, Emoji, Tsum Tsum, and more, will make them want to carry and use these invaluable germ-fighters without you needing to remind them.