Going On Vacation With A Toddler

November 10, 2020

Family holidays can be a wonderful way to strengthen the bond you share with one another. They can also allow your child to gain memories of your time together, in different parts of the country or world, that they can look back on for years to come. 

Going on vacation with your toddler may seem fairly daunting. Now they are at an age where they can walk, there will be an increase in the number of risks and hazards that may occur. As a parent, you want to do your utmost to minimize these risks, while still ensuring that your whole family has a good time, especially if you also have other children.

Monitoring some aspects of travel and the holiday itself can help you toe the line between safety and fun more successfully. 

Drinking Water

Depending on where you choose to take your holiday, the water that comes out of the taps may not be fit for human consumption. This can occur in countries such as Russia, China, or even Brazil. In the United States, tap water is generally safe to drink, however high chlorine levels in some states may upset the stomachs of those not used to it. 

At times, the water tank facilities at your accommodation may also be improperly kept, leading to dangerous bacteria such as legionella, which can result in you becoming unwell — speak to a Suffolk County Personal Injury Lawyer if you experience sickness due to this and were not given a warning by your hotel. 

If your family are prone to having sensitive stomachs, or you simply wish to err on the side of caution, you can always buy and use bottled water for drinking and cleaning your teeth instead.

Safety In The Sea

If your vacation takes you to a coastal location, you and your children might want to enjoy a few days at the beach. This is not a problem, so long as you remember to stay safe. Sticking close to the shore, and looking out for any signs or flags, can help you avoid harsh rip currents or other dangerous water conditions. 

A little bit of research prior to travel can also be a good idea, so that you can understand what kind of marine life might be in the area, and the potential dangers there may be.

Safety In The City

A trip to a big city can also be fun, especially if there is lots for your children and yourself to do. It can be frightening to go to a densely populated area that you do not know, especially with young children in tow. For your peace of mind, you may wish to invest in a harness for your child, as well as a form of GPS tracker, so that you can keep them as safe as possible amongst a myriad of people. 

Going on holiday with young children may seem scary, but you can have an amazing time together. By putting safety at the forefront of decisions, you can relax a little and simply enjoy the moments. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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