Our Winter Family Travel Health Tips.

There’s been a chill slowly descending over the UK over the past week or so, and it’s timing just so happens to coincide with that building excitement we all get in the lead up to Halloween. Some of us love winter, with the satisfying sensation of leaves crunching underfoot, the fresh morning scent after a heavy frost and the promise of days and night of comfort food in a warm house. But not everyone loves winter and its associated ugly jumpers; some of us prefer to chase the sun south, swapping white snow for white sand, and rosy cheeks and noses for tanned ones. Whatever your ideal winter getaway, whether it’s meeting Santa on his sleigh for the first time or having Christmas dinner on the beach, we’re all looking for a winter holiday that fulfils our fantasies.

In all our planning, dreaming and general holiday excitement, we never think about getting ill – who even wants to consider it? But the fact is that sometimes life is unfair and we get seriously unlucky; a sick concierge or an undercooked meal can pass on germs that make your dream holiday a nightmare. But we don’t have to lose our days to overcoming an illness and our nights to nursing sick kids, that’s why we want to share with you our Winter Family Travel Health Tips.


Here’s Our Winter Family Travel Health Tips.

Our Winter Family Travel Health Tips.


1. Drink

Drink plenty of fluids, ideally water, to clean out the system.

Things to be mindful of: Avoid tap and/or water with ice. Ice are usually frozen from tap water, and usually tap water aboard is not drinkable water.


2. Eat healthily

Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, lots of leafy green and fermented food such as; pickles, barley, rice or soybeans, miso, and yogurt.

Things to be mindful of: Uncooked meat and eggs, especially from street food. Some street-food can be contaminated and thats when you’ll get food poisoning. We can eat street-food but make sure its cooked.


3. Health insurance

Be sure to go to the clinic 6 – 8 weeks before travel so that all our family member have time to get any vaccinations you may need. NEVER Travel without a Travel Health Insurance for your holiday claims


4. Vaccinations and infectious diseases

Depending on where we are going, we talk to out doctor about this as there may be just more than one shots that everyone gets routinely. Here’s a website that you can check on:

Things to be mindful of: If one of the kids get sick (god-forbid) with a fever a fews days or even weeks after our vacation, we always let our doctor know about the trip we made – as this may be the caused for the illness.


Our Winter Family Travel Health Tips.


5. Fresh air

If the kids are poorly (god-forbid again), we wrap up warm, but still go outdoor for some fresh air and some short or long walks for the exercise.

Things to be mindful of: Pack properly and dressed for the cold. Beware of the signs of common cold weather injuries such as frostbite, hypother​mia, dehydration, and snow blind​ness – and how to avoid them. And staying safe while having fun doing your winter activities in the slopes and on ice.


6. Reduce the chance of catching bacterials:

  • Hand washing – always wash before meal times, as germs can be pick up from multitude of surfaces that we touch throughout the day.
  • Tissues – have tissues in a pocket for nose-blowing. Bin it after used and wash hands.
  • Cough and sneeze with mouth covered with hands, and wash hands afterwards.


Our Winter Family Travel Health Tips.

7. Good night sleep

Consider ventilation, to provide an aired room.

If one of us has a cold, we use vapour rub. Rub small amount to their chest and back which will help them breathe little easier, especially at night. The ointment will helps relieve nasal congestion, catarrh, sore throat and coughs due to colds. Also rub a small amount on the soles of their feet and cover them with socks will give the trick to help them get a good nights sleep. The rub are usually for children aged 2 years+. Always read the label.

Things to be mindful of: Watch the temperature in the room – too much heat will be too stuffy to breath.


Wherever we go and whatever we do, a vacation is a special time when my family and I can enjoy each other’s company.

No matter what end of the thermometer our travel preferences take us, we take holiday illness seriously.
What travel preparation do you do for your winter holiday?



Our Winter Family Travel Health Tips.

Our Winter Family Travel Health Tips.

*This is a sponsored post by Your Legal Friend. All opinions and photos are of my own.


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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 13/10/2017 / 11:01 am

    These are all such important tips to remember. Especially about the water. I once got sick with heat stroke on holiday as I hadn’t been drinking enough. Even more important for children. Sarah #FabFridayPost

  2. 13/10/2017 / 11:09 am

    brilliant tips. I am terrible for not shopping for winter foods, and have similar foods all year round, but it is important to have the foods which will help to boost you through these months.

    • 19/10/2017 / 2:48 pm

      That’s right. I love fermented food They are so yummy! You are not alone though – I do the same! lol! x

  3. 13/10/2017 / 12:37 pm

    Great tips! There are so many germs around at this time of year so eating healthily and taking care of yourself is more important than ever. We are all full of the lurgy right now! #fabfridaypost

  4. 13/10/2017 / 7:25 pm

    Him thanks for sharing these helpful tip, keeping hydrated is a must but the water has to be safe. One thing that often gets forgotten is good quality sleep #FabFridayPost

  5. 13/10/2017 / 11:16 pm

    My oldest son had his first febrile seizure while on vacation and ever since we always packed children’s motrin, tylenol and a thermometer for travelling anywhere! You just never know when germs will strike.

    • 19/10/2017 / 2:57 pm

      Oh wow! That doesn’t sound good. I’m so glad you have suggested this. A thermometer is always good to carry around as well.

  6. 14/10/2017 / 3:40 am

    These are great tips! Travelling is a lot of fun, but you need to take care of yourself and everyone else! I myself am not really looking forward to the long, dark winter, so our trip coming up in March is what I’m looking forward to most!

    • 19/10/2017 / 2:59 pm

      I really don’t like long and dark days too. It’s a little depressing until its Christmas everyday! lol! xx

  7. Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson
    15/10/2017 / 3:37 am

    This is an excellent resource for anyone traveling! I have heard such horror stories, particularly about water, from friends. One woman I used to work with was so diligent about not drinking water while on vacation, but then she slipped up and ordered a frozen margarita and got violently ill! We had a good laugh about it years after the fact, but it sounded like she was wishing death on herself at the time, poor thing.

    Thanks for the wonderful tips!

    • 19/10/2017 / 3:02 pm

      Oh no!! What a horrid experience. Yes frozen ice in cocktails is no not a good combination at all. Good to hear she is okay afterwards. x

  8. 15/10/2017 / 4:24 am

    Such great tips. You know, it is really important to drink water! Water, water, water. You really have to keep it up. You travel so often, it is great that you can share the knowledge with us! Thanks, Su. #fabFridaypost xoxo

    • 19/10/2017 / 3:12 pm

      Yes, I keep telling Ethan that and he just doesn’t like drinking water and he always ends up with mouth ulcer – then he learns. The hard way. lol!

  9. 17/10/2017 / 9:12 pm

    Lots of great tips Su thanks for sharing and I love the photos of your little one in the snow just beautiful. Xxx

    • 19/10/2017 / 3:14 pm

      Most welcome! I’m glad it is helpful. Thank you so much for the compliment. That’s very kind of you. 🙂 x

  10. 17/10/2017 / 9:19 pm

    Great tips for winter health you forget the simple things sometimes thanks for sharing Su great photos I love this! Mandy xxxx #ExplorerKids

    • 19/10/2017 / 3:23 pm

      Yes! I agree. Like water. I just have to keep reminding my son to drink plenty of it throughout the day. 🙂

  11. 17/10/2017 / 9:45 pm

    Brilliant tips! I never look after myself in the winter months and its something I need to be more prepared for/ Thanks again #ExplorerKids

  12. 18/10/2017 / 12:59 am

    Some fab tips! When I went to Turkey (long before i had the boys) I felt so lost because the tap water wasnt to drink so we had to use bottled water to brush our teeth etc and it was a shock to the system! #fabfridaypost

    • 19/10/2017 / 3:39 pm

      Oh! I know what you mean. Finding drinkable water can be so difficult to find. x

  13. 18/10/2017 / 11:12 am

    Great tips thank you for sharing! Very helpful when planning trips abroad. Nothing worse than poorly kids or adults for that matter! #explorerkids

  14. 18/10/2017 / 12:51 pm

    Good tips for everyday life, not only while travelling. Regarding fresh air, it’s also very important to open windows in winter time to change air in a room at least once a day.

  15. 18/10/2017 / 1:38 pm

    I agree with your tips, fresh air, lots of hand washing and good sleep are so important. Feel free to escape winter by visiting me in Australia and I promise our water is safe, much love and thanks so much for joining in #mg

    • 19/10/2017 / 3:42 pm

      lol! Thanks Mac. I really wish I could! Thank you for hosting. xxx

  16. 18/10/2017 / 4:32 pm

    as fond lovers of the outdoors all year round, I really found this post helpful. I love the all in one, too! where did you get it? #explorerkids

    • 19/10/2017 / 3:43 pm

      Great! I’m so glad you find it helpful. lol! Thanks – that’s very kind of you. Ethan loves wearing it when he was that age. 🙂 xx

  17. 18/10/2017 / 6:02 pm

    They are such good tips. Personally, I can’t wait until the snow starts to fall x #ExplorerKids

    • 19/10/2017 / 3:45 pm

      Oh yes! & me too! I love snow. But I don’t like getting wet though. lol! x

  18. 18/10/2017 / 9:57 pm

    Not looking forward to the winter as I don’t like cold weather but these are fab tips to make it more bearable. #explorerkids

    • 19/10/2017 / 3:47 pm

      I know what you mean. I don’t either – but I love snow. 🙂 xx

  19. 19/10/2017 / 6:07 am

    Wonderful tips, for all year round in my opinion. Thanks for sharing. #explorerkids

  20. 19/10/2017 / 1:37 pm

    Great tips. It is so easy to forget to drink enough. Iften find that I remind my little one to drink and then forget to drink something myself. I got into the habit of opening the windows as soon as I get out of bed, no matter the weather, to air out the bedrooms. #explorerkids

    • 19/10/2017 / 3:49 pm

      That’s a great way to make sure you have fresh air in the house. I really don’t like stuffy places at all. xx

  21. 27/10/2017 / 11:46 am

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips. They will become handy as we’re going to Greenland next month. We’re super excited!!

    • 27/10/2017 / 8:26 pm

      Oh Wow! Greenland! I’ve never been there before. Have a great time there! 🙂 xx

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