Talk about travelling to Leh Ladakh with small kids and you may encounter a number of raised eyebrows, at the very least. The fact, however, is that with preparation and precautions in place you can have a memorable trip with your little one.
Below are the aspects to prepare your self with when travelling with a small child to the land of unparalleled beauty.
- Acclimatization is of foremost essence when it comes to travelling with small children. If you are taking a road trip, travelling via the Srinagar-Leh route may be recommended as the ascent is gradual. Staying a day or two at Leh before taking the journey onwards is also highly advisable to allow the child to get used to the increased altitude.
- Consult a doctor before making the trip. Ensure you are carrying all emergency medications for the child along with AMS medication as recommended by the doctor. Also keep an oxygen cylinder handy. You could easily purchase it from a chemist.
- Keeping the child hydrated is another aspect that you must keep in mind. This is as true for kids as it is for adults. Of course, over hydration is a strict no-no.
- Remember to carry food items that the child can munch on. Carrying all the relevant supplies for the child including toiletries, diapers etc will ensure that the child has a comfortable journey.
- Dressing the child up in layers and keeping him sufficiently warm is imperative as the child catching cold at higher altitudes where there isn’t medical help available, could add to your woes.
- Protecting the child’s skin from the harsh rays of the sun needs to be your focus. Do remember to pack a sunhat. If the child is big enough to wear sun glasses that is an option too. A sun block cream is advisable.
- As a general rule, keep your trip to high altitude areas short. Spend a couple of hours at high altitudes and wherever possible descend at nights to keep the child comfortable. In fact the ideal way to help the child acclimatize is to spend the first few nights at the 8000 feet mark and only gradually increase the altitude.
- At any time if you feel that the child is breathless or in distress, the immediate thing to do is descend from the high altitude, besides seeking medical attention, of course.
Prevention, as they say is better than cure. With these handy travel trips you will ensure that you keep your little one safe and build memories to last a lifetime.