Travel is all about exposure
and trying new things, right? Well, yes most of the time. Testing out the local
cuisine, taking on new adventures and exploring unseen territory are all part
of the joy of traveling. However, there are a few times the “go for it”
mentality should be controlled and that is when you travel with children…
Here are four things
NOT to let your kids try for the first time when you are traveling:
Peanuts (or other highly allergic foods like
You might think it’s a good idea to give your child peanuts for the first time
when you are on a flight to your holiday destination, but when they break out
in hives from head to toe, you should know it’s a definite no-no! It’s a better
idea to test it out when you’re on land and close to a nearby hospital!
If you have potty training
plans and you know that you’re going to be traveling in the coming weeks, hold
it off until after the trip when you have a dedicated schedule and routine. As for
the night time, if your child has a history of wetting the bed, opt for night time protection to avoid having to call
hotel housekeeping in the middle of the night to deal with a damp mattress.
Unfortunately there have been
cases of cruise ship drowning’s, some with parents close by. So, even if your
children are really strong swimmers in your backyard, never let them swim alone
while you are on holiday! Big, deep, crowded and unfamiliar pools or the
unpredictable ocean can contribute to such tragedies, so make sure you always
watching. Just because you’re on vacation doesn't mean you get a vacation from
parenting and never assume someone else is watching your children.
Skiing, snowboarding, surfing, etc. without
If you’re going on an active getaway with the family, don’t forget to pay those
extra bucks so your kids can learn how to enjoy the sport with proper training.
Professional lessons will not only enhance their fun, but they will learn
safety measures of the sport and your kids will in turn become better. This then
means future trips will be more enjoyable for the entire family.
Of course, at some
point the kids will out-grow these limitations, but as long as they are still
young, you need to keep them safe and comfortable while traveling.
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Written By: Christine Romans
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