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Top Travel Tips Your Family Needs to Know to Be Happy + Healthy and Tech Free

Travel is an opportunity for new experiences, amazing sights, and hopefully relaxation. Including children in your travel plans is next level excitement where unfamiliar destinations, people, foods, and adventures all rolled in to one big event. For many families the logistics of traveling with children also introduces unpredictable daily schedules, planning and packing checklists and moments of expecting the unexpected. Please allow me to offer a word of unsolicited advice, respect the power of a well-detailed checklist! From day trips to sleepaway camp to college packing, having a list has been the much needed lifesaver time and time again. No stress, turn up your favorite tunes to get hyped up or toned down while you get prepared with these top travel tips your family needs to know to be happy, healthy, and tech-free.

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Top Travel Tips Your Family Needs to Know to be Happy + Healthy and Tech-Free

As your travel checklist grows, here are a few useful tips to consider as you plan your family's next adventure. Let's always think of safety first. Close proximity in crowds, especially when travelling with little ones, even with the most diligent of safety precautions will still present the perfect storm for contracting who-knows-what from who-knows-where. 

Carry a bag packed with your essential products, eco-friendly water containers, wet wipes, sunscreen, (Pro Tip- Eco Lips even has eco-friendly lip balm with SPF protection from UV rays). Teach and remind children (and adults) of the importance of proper nutrition for immune support and the need to frequently wash their hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer as often as necessary. Consult with your health care professional for immune support suggestions to help with any nutritional gaps in your family's dietary requirements.

Here's a handy tip to reduce stress, think HALT-

H - Hunger and dehydration prevent our bodies from functioning at our highest level of potential. Keep in mind the importance of your family's need to not only eat but to eat well for optimal nutritional sustenance.

A - Anger with a situation, person, or ourselves will happen from time to time. Whenever possible, de-escalate and diffuse the fight-or-fight impulses. Calmly work to figure out the best way to acknowledge and resolve the issue.

L - Lonely feelings can happen even when surrounded by family and friends. Create an inclusive environment where everyone feels seen and heard by others. Use common elements to balance solitude and socializing.

T - Tired bodies and minds need to pause when running low on energy. Remember to maintain healthy sleep habits by making time to refresh, rest, and sleep as needed. 

Remember that each person will have very different needs and wants while away from home. Also keep in mind that age-appropriate activities will also vary for toddlers, tweens, teens, and adults. Research family-friendly activities at and around your destination that may be of interest to each person. Create a special travel companion at Build-A-Bear or pack up a few comfort items including favorite or new toys, books, and snacks to provide calming, quiet breaks, as needed. 

Travel can be an ideal opportunity to increase screen-free entertainment. Prepare a few tech-free activities for your family to enjoy on-the go and at-home. Encourage a little on-going, fun-for-all, friendly competition with the interactive Ultra Power Battle Game for fast, flipping action without ever needing batteries or recharging. Jabuka is a fun brain game to easily pack along for creative word play that will keep everyone thinking. Build in times where your family can put technology aside for a while to play educational or entertaining games to connect with one another. 

These are our travel tips for happy and healthy travel, share your top travel tips with us to continue the conversation.

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