It’s 2021, people are beginning to get vaccinated, and many people are starting to tentatively begin to travel again. However, we are still very much in a pandemic. While there are many ways to have an awesome family travel experience, everything requires a little extra research and planning right now. To help with this, we’ve compiled some tips to help you keep your kids safe and healthy during family trips.
We all know being outdoors is best, and so you’re going to want to gear your vacation activities around outdoor activities like nature walks and beach time. However, you need to make sure your kids understand that even outside, it’s very important to take precautions. Try to avoid letting them go on playground equipment, use public water fountains, or touch tactile exhibits at places like zoos and nature centers. While it remains unclear how long the virus can live on surfaces, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Instead, pack your own fun activities, like a frisbee or football, and plenty of water for everyone.
You’ll also want to instill in your kids the importance of staying six feet apart from others while outdoors. You can guide them while you’re walking together, but it’s also helpful for them to have a good idea of what six feet is. A fun trick is to visualize objects that are six feet long, which include the average dog leash, the height of a refrigerator, and the length of a cow. See what other fun ones you and your kids can come up with!
The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 2 wear a mask, and you need to enforce this with your kids. That can be easier said than done with young children who don’t like wearing a mask, so the key is to try to make it fun. Ideas include grabbing a pack of markers and letting them decorate their mask, or making a special mask for their favorite doll or stuffed animal to wear.
For kids 2 and under who should not wear masks, you’ll want to make doubly sure you always keep them six feet away from people who live outside your household.
Frequent handwashing is key to everyone’s health and safety, so you’ll want to have your kids wash their hands every time you all return to your hotel. Supervise younger kids to help them make sure they’re washing their hands thoroughly and for the required time. You probably know by now that singing Happy Birthday twice is the right amount of time for handwashing, but other songs you can sing with your kids to mix things up are the chorus of Baby Shark, the chorus of Let it Go, or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star twice.
When you’re out and about all day enjoying your travels it’s harder to wash hands, so bring plenty of hand sanitizer for everyone. Older kids can have their own container of it, maybe on a cute lanyard attached to their backpack. Make sure to supervise younger kids when they’re applying sanitizer.
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