The days surrounding Thanksgiving are some of the busiest travel days in the United States, according to USA Today. Traveling with kids is stressful enough any time of year, without the extra headache caused by gridlocked roads or delayed airplanes. Let’s not try to ignore it: Public travel is one of the easiest ways to catch germs that cause colds and the flu. Kids are more susceptible to these viruses than adults are, meaning that they might catch a bug and be sick during their holiday, then pass the sickness onto you just when it’s time to return to work and school! This is the nightmare scenario, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your kiddos during this Thanksgiving holiday. If you and your family are traveling this November, follow these helpful tips to avoid bringing germs back with you as extra baggage.
Get Your Shots Before You Go
Web MD warns that even when traveling within the U.S., it’s important to make sure that your young, susceptible kids are immunized against serious diseases that are making a comeback, such as whooping cough, measles or even the flu.
Sanitize Your Travel Area
If your family is sitting together in an airplane or train, sanitize your immediate travel area right when you sit down. When you bring a travel pack of sanitizing wipes in your purse, diaper bag or carry-on bag, you arm yourself against the onslaught of gross stuff that hangs around public surfaces. As soon as you sit down, use disinfectant wipes on seat arms, buckles, windowsills, tray tables, call buttons, TV/radio controls and any other surface that gets touched a lot.
Bring Your Own Pillows and Blankets
It may not be realistic to bring your own nighttime sheets and blankets everywhere you go, but it really is best to use your own during transit if you can. Airline pillows and blankets are often passed around without effective sanitization between users. You’re planning to put your face where? Only on your own travel pillow!
Don’t Skimp on Healthy Habits
Basic healthy habits like drinking plenty of water, sticking to typical sleep and nap schedules and frequently washing your hands are more important than ever during holiday travel. Being under-slept, under-hydrated and exposed to too many germy bathrooms are three of the easiest ways for a child’s — or even and adult’s — immune system to become compromised and susceptible to bugs.
Arm Yourself and Your Crew With Hand Sanitizer
Even if you’re traveling by car and won’t be exposed to a germy airplane, there is still some exposure to nasty areas in your future: rest stop bathrooms, hotel bedspreads and your great uncle’s slobbery Great Dane. Provide everyone in your group with a personal and portable hand sanitizer and holster. TownleyGirl has a tempting variety of these sweet-smelling sanitizers so that everyone in your group can find one they like. Check out some of our favorite multi-packs: