It’s fun travelling with kids. It’s amazing to observe them have their own set of first experiences, to see them explore places, to hear their perspective on nature, different culture, food and what not!
Well, besides us enjoying them discovering new things it is beneficial for them. Exposing them to new locales, different set of people culture, gives them the confidence to be on their own. When we travel we do not even realise but automatically a lot of self-learning is going on, also sometimes being in some situations make us more responsible and independent. It’s like learning from experiences, learning live… on the go.
If kids get the oppoprtunity to travel from a tender age they shape up into independent, lovable and responsible beings.
But yes as a parent, one has to take care of a couple of things when travelling. Especially to places such as Ladakh, where the weather conditions are a bit harsh. Ladakh is at a very high altitude which means low in oxygen so an adult might need at least 2 days to acclimatise by resting in the hotel or not doing any strenuous physical activity. Whereas kids, they acclimatise quicker than adults. So travelling with them to Ladakh is easier.
A little precaution will make your trip comfortable, easy and memorable.
1. Thumb rule – Pack some general medicines for indigestion, motion sickness (for those who have motion sickness), headache, ORS packets. For more info on this, you can read our blog here –
2. Water – Water has oxygen so keep the kids and yourself hydrated all the time.
3. Snacks – Carry dry fruits, chocolates, popcorn, biscuits, chips (Tell your kids not to gorge on chips a lot as digestion process is a bit slower when travelling in such a terrain).
4. Listen to your kid – If they are cranky, or low in energy but do not want to eat. Please do not force feed them. Oxygen levels are low so digestion takes time. Just ensure your kids drinks enough water.
5. Equipments – You can carry an electric kettle if need be. So that warm water for infants is easily avaialble with you all the time.
6. Warm clothing – Make sure they are properly packed in woollens. From thermal wear to sweaters, jackets, woollen socks, mittens, woollen caps etc.
7. Protect your little one’s skin – Apply sunscreen and moisturiser on their faces properly. So that they do not have a sunburn. Also carry vaseline for chapped lips.