Health Tip: Travel Wisely

(HealthDay News) — Traveling with family can help you and the kids bond, but it may also have its pitfalls without advance preparation.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these travel safety suggestions for families:

  • Examine your hotel or motel for potential hazards, such as sharp corners on furniture, unprotected electrical outlets or shaky balcony railings.
  • Allow children to take regular naps, as they normally would at home.
  • Bring clothing that’s weather-appropriate to make sure you and your family are protected and comfortable.
  • Prevent sunburn by having all family members apply sunscreen. Also, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun when it’s hottest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Make sure water is safe for swimming.
  • Keep children away from unfamiliar animals.
  • Make sure hands and toys are washed frequently with soap and water.
  • To prevent ear discomfort while on a plane, provide young children with a pacifier or bottle. Bigger kids and adult can chew some gum.