Summertime Survival Guide

May 26
2017

Ahhh, summer! The 100 day weekend where road trips and ice cream cones reign supreme. That is, until you or one of your kids get sick... cue the Debbie Downer meme. We’re here with our best tips to keep you and your family healthy through September and beyond, plus helping you stock your summer travel kit with a TempTraq-To-Go giveaway.

 

Tips to Keep your Family Healthy all Summer

Start each day with a nutrient-packed smoothie. If you’re already on the smoothie bandwagon, mix it up with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Berries are in season and full of antioxidants. Your kids will love dragonfruit for its bright, punchy color and you’ll love that’s packed with protein, iron and vitamin C. Another unexpected smoothie add-on we’re into? Riced cauliflower! It blends seamlessly and adds fiber and potassium (Tip: Trader Joe’s sells already riced cauliflower in the freezer section!)
 

Spring cleaning exists for a reason! Swap out heavy blankets for fresh sheets, clean out closets and vacuum the space underneath beds and other heavy furniture. Dust, dander and other irritants can hide out and kick up allergies or worse.
 

Gorgeous weather and extra hours of sunlight mean your little one’s hands are going to be every. where. Between swinging from monkey bars and splashing in the local creek (germs and more germs), there’s never a bad time to brush up on the basics of a good hand wash. The CDC offers straightforward instructions: soap up, scrub, rinse. It should take 35 seconds — about the time it takes to sing the ABC’s twice.

 

Summertime Sickness

Studies show that nearly everyone views a summertime ailment worse than a winter cold simply due to the fact that we don’t expect to get sick when it’s warm and sunny out. It feels wrong, and for good reason: Enterovirus, the strain that circulates during the summer months, is host to a handful of nasty symptoms and can last longer than other viruses.
 

The bad news is that, other than laying low (rest is best!), there’s not much you can do aside from letting a summer cold run its course. Tempting as it may be to indulge in summer fun, if you’re sick, you’re likely contagious, so limit nonessential engagements as much as possible.
 

One fun indulgence for a summer cold? Healthy, homemade popsicles. They’re a fast, fun activity to do with your kids and a guilt-free way to let them have sweets for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
 

Plus: revisit our ways to determine whether you have allergies or a cold.


Be Prepared: Ready-for-anything Kits

With summer trips on the horizon, you can never be too prepared. Here are our must-haves for a car kit that will keep emergencies (and tantrums) at bay:

 

The Fun Kit

  • Granola bars and fruit snacks

  • Stickers

  • Travel-sized games (we bring a small baking sheet to keep things steady and corralled in the backseat)

  • Anything from the $1 section at Target

  • Fresh crayons and coloring books

  • The license plate game!

 

The Not-So-Fun Kit

 

Wherever your summer takes you, we hope you stay happy, healthy, and sane!
 

Plus - we’re giving away FIVE TempTraq-To-Go kits; enter to win now!
  TempTraq-To-Go Summertime Survival Giveaway

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