I don’t know about other kids, but our kids? They like to get sick. Or, rather, they like to get these weird little 1 or 2 day fevers or colds that don’t really stop them completely but do slow them down enough to make a difference, especially when traveling. So we always have to be prepared when we travel for these crazy viruses to strike, especially after flying.
On our trip to Seattle we set off on the wrong foot, with F sporting a fever that had him down for the count, which was clear when he refused to get out of the stroller, something a normal 5 year old would think is totally uncool to sit in. It was only a matter of time before L came down with the same thing, and sure enough 2 days later she was down for the count, starting with throwing up on the street in Bainbridge Island and ending with her falling asleep on my lap at dinner that night.
So what do we like to bring with us when we travel to help out in moments exactly like these? When we travel in the US we know we can get what we need at the store, but we never know how easily accessible stores will be, so while we don’t overload ourselves with stuff we do bring the basics.
My new favorite things are Fever Bugz and Be Kool soft gel sheets to cool a hot head. The fever bugz are a sticker you can place on their head (and can stay on for up to 48 hours) and see how warm they are. My kids like the fact they are bug stickers, and I like the fact that I don’t have to wrestle them to take their temperature. I will say it isn’t accurate to the degree, but it gives you a good idea of where it falls, and that works for a minor fever. The soft gel sheets can also be placed on their heads, for up to 8 hours, and can cool them down and help make a miserable child feel better.
L, 2, is, shall I say, medicinally challenged. It has amazed her doctors how averse she is to taking medicine, and it makes bringing her fevers down difficult. Now that she is 2 and can take children’s chewable ibuprofen they have become our go to medicine for travel. No liquid, so we don’t have to worry about a TSA agent not allowing us to bring it through (despite the fact medicine is exempt from the 3:1:1 rule), and I can throw it in my bag to take wherever we go. Most medicine comes in chewable form, so it is worth checking out to see if what you need comes this way.
When we fly we always bring extra clothes, and a ziploc bag to put soiled clothes in. We do the same when we are out for the day touring, since getting back to the hotel/apartment isn’t always easy to do. A ziploc bag (freezer size) comes in handy for so many things, but no one wants to walk around with dirty clothes and nowhere to put them.
Traveling overseas is a different story, and since we don’t know what we can find when we are in other countries we do bring enough to cover our bases in case of any situation. One thing we found out when traveling back to the UK and F, then 18 months, came down with a cold, is that ‘snot suckers’ are not sold over there. Who knew? So even small things like that, which make a difference with a cold, may not be found while traveling overseas. We also discovered that while cough medicine is not sold for kids under the age of 6 in the US we were able to buy cough medicine for our almost 4 year old with no problem in Europe.
Finally, with kids as clumsy as ours, who like to run and explore and inevitably fall, we always carry the MediBuddy with us, a first aid kit for kids that includes band-aids, antiseptic wipes, gauze and more.
What do you travel with to ensure keeping your kids healthy, or making them feel better if they get sick?