The world of travel, as we know it, has changed dramatically thanks to the current pandemic that has gripped the globe. But even though travel may have taken a bit of a back-seat for now, there are times when we have no other choice but to take a trip. If you are taking your kids with you, it is crucial to take the necessary precautionary measures to protect you. Apart from making sure that you are stocked up on plenty of hand sanitiser, and extra masks (depending on your children’s age/s), here are four tips to make the journey as safe as possible.
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Keep them informed and up to date
Many parents want to shield their children from the negativity that can induce stress and anxiety no matter what it may be, and the Covid-19 pandemic is no exception to that. However, even with their little knowledge, kids are very intuitive and can pick up on the behaviours of the adults around them, sensing when something is wrong. When it comes to travelling, you want to protect them, and one of the best ways to do that is to calmly and gently inform them a day or two before your journey of the necessary precautions that you all need to take so that it isn’t a shock. It is also a good idea to remind them again a few hours before you set off to have it fresh in their minds and make them aware of the effects of the virus, without scaring them, so that they understand the need to take it seriously. Write down the main safety points and precautions if need be, and take it with you to help them remember when you are on the go.
Avoid buying food, snacks, and drinks if you can help it
Even without the pandemic, it’s always healthier to bring your own food with you when you travel. Not only are you guaranteed to like what you are eating and be cheaper in the long run, but it is also a lot healthier than the often sugary, salty, and fatty foods on offer at airports or train stations. As adults, we (tend) to have more self-control, but children might not be able to resist that chocolate bar or burger and fries that they’ve spotted. Try and stay away from fast food eateries and crowded shops, and don’t get too carried away if they throw a tantrum your way when they see something they want. Your home-made meals and snacks will be much healthier, and you also won’t have to worry about disinfecting everything and worrying who touched what. Just remember to sanitise your hands thoroughly if you are feeding them, as well as theirs.
Opt for low-risk travel methods and holiday locations
Taking a road trip and using the family car to drive to your destination with other family members that you have been in close and daily contact with (like those in your household) is probably THE safest form of travel right now. Try not to get out until you reach your final destination unless it is to fill up the car with petrol, or if the kids need it, a quick toilet break. Also, be aware that different locations will have different rules when crossing across various cities and counties. If you need to get away for a day or two, then camping is relatively low-risk in terms of transmission than any other option right now. If the government and local council have given campgrounds caravan parks such as Fir View Caravan Park the go-ahead, make the most of the opportunity to be outside in nature and the fresh air and let the kids stretch their legs and roam free for a bit.
Wipe surfaces down, use your own toiletries and carry a first-aid toolkit
As the virus can survive on surfaces for several hours, before you sit down in the airport, coach, or train station, and before you get on the plane, train or coach, wipe down the surfaces with a disinfectant wipe to avoid any potential transmission. This is good practice in general, virus or not, as public surfaces tend to be hubs for all sorts of bacteria. Once you have wiped everything down, make sure to immediately throw the wipes in the bin and sanitise your hands. Depending on where you are staying, always carry your own toiletries during this time, including soaps and shampoos, and bring separate towels for the kids and yourself. More than anything else, this will simply give you peace of mind as you’ll know that they are clean and that no one else has been able to touch them.
Last but not least, travel with your own little first-aid box to always be ready for anything! Alongside your standard kit, include cold and flu medicines as well as a thermometer so that you can check your children’s temperature (and your own) as and when you need to. Adding some vitamins is also a nice-to-have to give your kids immune systems an extra boost so that they don’t get ill as easily this upcoming Autumn-Winter season.