5 Ways to Make Your Family Vacation Healthier and Happier this Summer by Kendra Thornton
Traveling is what you make it when you’ve got kids along for the ride. I have learned this again and again throughout the years, sometimes ending up with great adventures and wonderful stories and sometimes ending up with family trips that we all wish we could forget. Without overdoing it, it’s worth a bit of preparation to make family vacations much more pleasurable for everyone.
Tip 1: It’s the Journey That Counts – Stop and Have Fun!
Kids and toddlers love to explore, so I try to set aside the logical need to get from point A to point B and just let them be the little adventurers they are. Enjoying the journey is something we busy adults could stand to do more often, so why not take advantage of the little trails near the rest stops, the gift shops in the airports, or even just take a walk to stop and smell the roses?
Tip 2: Breakfast – Even More Important While Vacationing
Before heading out to the theme park or other destination of the day, I always make sure that everyone is well fed. I know that if they (and I) start out with a full belly of healthy food, then moods will stay lifted for a while, they’ll have plenty of steam to keep them going, and I have the peace of mind in knowing that at least one meal of the day was a healthy one!
Most Orlando hotels are geared for offering family-friendly hotel packages as well. Aside from them being great with the continental breakfasts – they also offer a quiet hours policy at night which is key!
Tip 3: Avoid Sweet Tooth Attacks!
With a little bit of planning, I avoid overspending on junk food when the kids start to get antsy from hunger. Sliced fruit, pretzels, string cheese, or trail mix in my bag are a great comfort to me when I hear their irritated hunger sounds start. Well worth the prep time! I even throw in a few cookies, as they are much cheaper than the ones out of the vending machine.
Tip 4: Hand Washing Helps
It’s no fun coming home from an awesome vacation and immediately getting sick! My kids know to wash their hands regularly and with the proper method while on a trip (and at home). We also carry hand sanitizer and use it often. According to one SCA survey, four out of ten adults don’t wash their hands after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing, and 58 percent have seen people leaving public restrooms without washing their hands. Not us!
Tip 5: Active Rest Stops
The kids have to sit a lot while traveling, so I always bring active toys to get them moving while taking a driving break or waiting for a flight. A jump rope, ball, and Frisbee are all fun, easy ways to get the kids active and interact with them more while traveling. They rest better afterwards too!
All in all, by taking a little extra time to prepare, a family summer vacation can be a lot more fun when the kids (and mom) are healthy and happy.
Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I’ve found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to my own home with some of my unique recipes and sharing some of my personal traveling tips. Enjoy!