It’s the holiday season! When you’re traveling, it’s important not to forget about your family’s health in the midst of all the packing and planning. Nothing can ruin a holiday expedition faster than a poorly-timed bout with sickness – and the cold weather and travel that come along with the season significantly increase the risk of someone in the family coming down with something.
Luckily, there are several easy things you can do to help your family stay healthy during these extra-special holiday vacations:
- BRING ALONG THE BASICS – Put together a travel bag with the things you need to keep the family healthy. Include things like aspirin and ibuprofen, any medications your family members take regularly, anti-diarrhea and motion sickness medication, and sunscreen (if you’re lucky enough to be heading somewhere without the cold weather). Also, don’t forget to pack anti-bacterial hand-wipes and hand-cleaners. Planes, trains and automobiles are all hotbeds for germs.
- STAY ACTIVE – Getting up off the couch and getting the blood flowing is a great way to wake up your immune system – and it’s also a great way to cancel out those extra reindeer-shaped cookies or second helping of auntie’s famous pumpkin pie. Carve out some time during the day for the whole family to get up and get active. Go for a walk around the neighborhood, play a game of football in the backyard, or bundle up the clan for a day of skiing or skating.
- GET A FLU SHOT – The holiday season corresponds with the flu season. If you and your family are traveling, chances are you’ll be in the midst of big crowds at some point. That means there are greater odds of coming down with the flu; cut down those odds by getting a flu shot before you travel. You don’t want your holidays ruined by this nasty virus.
- REST AND DE-STRESS – It’s easy to get to the tear-your-hair-out point when you’re surrounded by family for hours and hours, and stay up late baking with Grandma or gabbing with Dad. Make sure to take some time for yourself in the midst of the holiday craziness. Take a nice long walk, or slip into the basement to grab an hour to look through some old family pictures (and marvel at those bad haircuts). Be sure to grab a good chunk of sleep every night, too. After all, you’re on vacation!
- DON’T OVEREAT – Remember auntie’s pumpkin pie or those reindeer-shaped cookies? They’re delicious, and they should be consumed – but in moderation, of course. Your body will thank you once the holidays are over.
That’s it! Just follow these five simple steps, and you’ll be certain to have a happy and healthy holiday season!