How To Keep Your Family Healthy While Traveling – Kendra Thornton PR

I am honored to have Kendra Thornton of Kendra Thornton PR here today!  As we all plan for summer vacations – Kendra Thornton, travel expert extraordinaire, is going to delight us with some very important tips on traveling with our families!


Kendra Thornton

Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I’ve found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to my own home with some of my unique recipes and sharing some of my personal traveling tips. Enjoy!




Illness and fatigue can make a good family vacation go sour…fast. Add in kids who are hyped up from junk food, and you might start rethinking those plane tickets you just purchased. But before you cancel your trip, consider some simple ways to make sure everyone stays healthy, well-rested, and well-fed while traveling as a family.


1. Pack your own food

When traveling via airplane or train, don’t count on the overpriced concession service. Instead, plan ahead and pack a variety of healthy foods and snacks for everyone to enjoy throughout your trip.


2. Plan around sleep times

Though it’s hard to stick to young children’s exact schedules when traveling, you can keep general sleep times in mind as you plan your trip. Unless your children are particularly good at sleeping en route, try to keep flights and drive times when they are most likely to be awake and happy.


3. Don’t skip breakfast

It may be tempting to rush everyone out of the hotel each morning in order to get at the front of the theme park lines. But don’t miss out on the most important meal of the day. Instead, take advantage of the breakfast options offered. I used Gogobot to sift through this great list of Orlando hotels and found a fabulous free continental breakfast for my family. You’ll save money and enjoy healthier food than if you wait until you’re in the park.


4. Take advantage of potty breaks

If you have a child who can’t go more than an hour without using the restroom, don’t stress the lost travel time. Instead, plan to make several stops at parks or rest areas, and let the kids run around to burn up some of that restless energy.


5. Pack hand sanitizer…and use it

Remind your kids that vacation is not the time to take a break from good hygiene. Surfaces frequented by travelers, such as airplane restrooms, are among the best places to catch nasty germs like E. coli, according to Dr. Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona. Encourage everyone to wash their hands with hot soapy water when possible, and have a bottle of hand sanitizer ready when there’s no sink in sight.
Keeping your family in good shape while traveling doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little planning, you can help everyone stay healthy and enjoy the trip together.



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  1. All very sensible tips to help make light work of travelling with the family.
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  2. These are great tips! We always invest in a children’s museum membership when we plan a road trip, and then map out museums with reciprocal relationships (so we can get in them for free too) along the way!
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