Hello, everyone! We are back from Spain and getting settled back into our routine here in Copenhagen. Our trip to Spain was a mix of business and pleasure, and while the business side went great, on the night before we were suppose to leave for a couple days of vacation, our son came down with a stomach bug which then got passed around over the next few days. We managed to squeeze in a little sight seeing in between the kids feeling under the weather but nothing like we had planned.
At first we all felt pretty bummed out and a little disappointed to traveling with sick kids, but this was definitely not our first experience with it. Sometimes it just happens, doesn’t it? No one wants it and if any of us knew it was going to happen then we probably wouldn’t book an expensive vacation, but since we cannot know it will happen, being prepared and making the best of the situation can make things go a little smoother.
Here are some of our tips for surviving traveling with sick kids:
1. Always come prepared. Pack over the counter medications for minor illnesses and band aids for scratches and bumps. Depending on where you travel, pharmacies can have odd hours and it’s best to be as best prepared as you can so you don’t waste time trying to find the one pharmacy that is open in the city on a Sunday afternoon.
2. Know your reservations. Waking up in the middle of the night with a sudden illness is hard enough, but adding the stress of a flight booked a couple hours later only makes things worse. Contact your airline and/or hotel to find out what your options are before panicking over how big the fees are going to be to change things around.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Hotel staff are accustomed to visitors becoming ill, so don’t be afraid to call down for extra towels or a glass of sprite, even if it’s 2 o’clock in the morning. The staff can also help you find a doctor who speaks your language if you are traveling outside your own country and need more medical attention.
4. Invest in Added Insurance Coverage. Many times you can contact your personal insurance company for extra coverage, but either way, make sure you are covered for added medical costs if you are traveling overseas. Medical emergencies can be very expensive, especially if you don’t want to try your luck in some of the less than ideal free clinics available in certain countries.
5. Protect yourselves against germs. Most of us do not want to be reduced to wearing a face mask while traveling, but carrying antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer can help ward off some of those unwanted germs. When you travel, you can be exposed to a new set of germs, so be sure to give kids their vitamins and have them wash their hands regularly.
6. Be careful where and what you eat. One of the biggest challenges while traveling is knowing where to eat. Look for seals of approval and crowds of people in restaurants before dining there. If locals don’t want to go there, then you probably shouldn’t either. Never eat street food, no matter how cheap and tempting it looks.
7. Look on the bright side. If someone has to be sick, at least a nice view and a warm breeze in the winter will help make it a little better. It is unfortunate to lose time and money over illness, but it happens to most of us at some point, so try to make the best of it. It will definitely make you more appreciative of your own bed while you get home!
Maybe some of you have dealt with traveling with sick kids? What did you do to make the best of it?
Visit this post for our tips for handling a true medical crisis in a foreign country.