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Simple tips for healthy living – Toddlers On-the-Go

Here are some Simple Tips for Healthy Living while Traveling with your Toddler

Toddlers are germ magnets! They drool and happily put almost everything in their mouths. Parents need simple tips for healthy living Experts agree that most germs are harmless. In fact, toddlers need contact with germs! Germs primes their immune system for proper development. Even with this knowledge, there are harmful germs that will cause illness in children. So how does a parent provide that protection for their toddler?

Minimizing Germ Exposure While Traveling -here are some simple tips for healthy living!

Prepare AheadSimple tips for healthy living

  • Strengthen your immune system. Get plenty of sleep before beginning your travel. Well, rested bodies are better able to fight off harmful germs and bacteria. Proper hydration is also important for a healthy immune system.
  • Take regular vitamins and minerals daily. Before travel, it is important to add some additional vitamin C and Zinc to help fight off bacteria that you come in contact with.
  • Current immunizations will also prevent toddlers from contracting a serious illness. Updated immunizations are extra important if travel takes you out of your home country.
  • Come prepared with hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.

Eating Away From HomeSimple tips for healthy living

  • Hand washing is key. Hands are the number one carrier of germs on our body. Critical in preventing the spread of germs, hand washing is done frequently and thoroughly. Hand washing done with soap and hot water for at least 30 seconds (the time it takes to sing happy birthday slowly) is the most effective. Use clean disposable towels whenever possible for drying hands.
  • Hand washing before eating snacks and before meals prevents the transfer of germs into our bodies. Hands washed after using the bathroom will kill bacteria.
  • Tray tables, high chair, and placemat surfaces require wiping down with sanitary wipes before using.
  • When soap and hot water are not available it is important to use sanitary wipes or sanitizing gel before eating and after using the washroom.

Hotel Stays and other Overnight Accommodations

  • Disinfect frequently touched places within the room. Doorknobs, TV remotes, light switches, telephones are places to disinfect with sanitary wipes.
  • Glasses not seal wrapped need soaking in hot water before using. There is now way to determine if the maid changed gloves after cleaning the toilet and before cleaning a glass.Simple tips for healthy living
  • Bed bugs are another thing to check for. Tiny bed bugs are brown or purplish-red in color. Bed bugs leave reddish or rusty colored stains on linens, pillows, and mattresses.
  • If your toddler spends time on the floor, consider bringing a blanket to put down on the floor for them to play on. You can also use a clean sheet from the closet or ask housekeeping for a clean sheet.

Additional Precautions

  • Wipe airplane seat surfaces with sanitary wipes. This includes tray tables, arm rests, seat buckles and any buttons.Simple tips for healthy living
  • Keep air passages moist to help resist germs when seated next to someone spreading germs by coughing. A nasal spray is a good choice.
  • Going through security lines be sure that your toddler has socks on. Changing socks after the security line is a very good idea.
  • Shopping carts are highly contaminated surfaces. Us sanitary wipes to sanitize these surfaces.
  • Pack an anti-bacterial kit. Include hand sanitizer, saline nasal spray, sanitary wipes, and sanitary spray. Carry bandages, Neosporin, hydrocortisone cream and bee sting relief in case of injury or allergens.


Be realistic in your expectations while traveling with your toddler. They will explore and touch things throughout the trip. Be assured most germs they will come in contact with are good germs that will build their immune system and not harm them. 

Remember: Hand Washing is the most important way to prevent illness caused by germs.


Leave your comments about minimizing germ exposure while traveling with your toddler.

What sanitary or unsanitary conditions have you experienced while traveling?





  1. Cat

    Here I came thinking patience, bribes and earplugs was the most important thing travelling with toddlers 😀
    All jokes aside, very useful information and with more and more people travelling the world then more germs (and bugs) are spreading. I would never have thought about the sock change after airport security.


    1. Janice Martin (Post author)

      I appreciate your humor! We have all certainly had those earplug moments with our toddlers!

      I am not a germaphobe but there are many simple preventative things that can be to reduce the transmitting of bacteria and germs.

      I hope that you will use the information and pass the article along to others you know that would find the information useful.

      Best regards!

  2. Rebecca

    You really covered everything! Many points you made are not commonly thought of by most people…I definitely would have forgotten a lot of this, so this was very helpful for me. Thanks so much for posting!


    1. Janice Martin (Post author)

      What is healthy for toddler’s is also healthy for us. Tips that we can keep in mind as adults when traveling.

      Thank you for your support. Please share this article with others that will find the information useful.

  3. Denise

    Traveling with toddlers is tough especially when there are more than one. I’ve got three and a year ago we all went to Africa. Saying that the flight and wait time was a nightmare is an understatement.
    Oh yeah they spread and caught enough germs to last them a lifetime.
    Nonetheless, it all turn out good. When you travel with kids especially when you travel far away, take all necessary precautions. Make sure they take all necessary vaccines. Take pain and fever relievers. Pack their favorite snacks. And take a lot of wipes for keeping to sticky fingers clean.

    1. Janice

      Denise you certainly have you hands full with three young children. Traveling to other countries subject our children to new bacterias that we may not be aware of. Your advice about getting the necessary vacinations before am overseas trip is very important.

      Taking some sanitizing precautions will not elimate an illness but it will certainly reduce the risk.

      Thank you for visiting the site. Please pass the information along to others that would benefit from the site.

  4. Brandon

    I love living healthy, mostly for to prevent illnesses and to keep the kids safe. These tips you have outlined above have been a real eye-opener, until this day I never have thought that having enough sleep would make it easier for your body to fight off diseases.

    What also caught my eye was the tip saying you should wipe airplane seats before sitting down. That is a genius idea and something I would have never thought of.

    Thanks so much for this post!


    1. Janice Martin (Post author)

      A rested body is a stronger body. Something that many people often overlook.

      Thank you for the comments and please share the site with others that will benefit from the information!

  5. Michael

    Very helpful and thoughtful information. I have little ones and washing their hands is very important. Kids tend to be exposed to more germs than adults especially in preschool. Thank you for the tips!

    1. Janice Martin (Post author)

      Handwashing is the number one way to prevent the transfer of germs and bacteria.

      Thank you for the comment and please pass along the information to others that will benefit.

  6. Becka

    A helpful post for parents of young children, not just toddlers. Young children keep getting into everything for a few years even after kindergarten. And, you made some points I don’t think I’ve hear before.

    1. Janice Martin (Post author)

      Being proactive with your toddler’s health is very important. Sanitizing surfaces that could pose a risk is an easy first step.

      Thank you for your comments.

  7. David

    Really informative! I must admit that I’m feeling a bit guilty on some of these points. I’m not very good at washing my hands for example 😛 I will have to better myself with that.

    1. Janice Martin (Post author)

      Being proactive with your health is a great first step.
      Handwashing is the number one way to prevent the transfer of germs and bacteria.
      Thank you for your comments. Please feel free to share the information with those that will benefit!

  8. Ben

    You mention washing hands. What are your thoughts about using antibacterial soap? I heard that regular soap works just fine, and it helps remove germs, and antibacterial soap just makes the bacteria resistant to future soap washings. Is that correct? Or should we look for antibacterial soap specially? What do you think about this?

    1. Janice

      The sanitizing aspects of hand washing are the hot water with the soap. Hot water and soap, that is worked to a lather for 30 seconds, is the best method.

      Yes regular soap is just as good as anti-bacterial soap. If anti-bacterial is the only soap available it is better than no soap at all.

      Thank you Ben for your visit. Please pass along the site to those you know that will benefit from the informaiton.

      Best regards, Janice


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