Spiti Valley is one such trip which may not only test your driving capacity but also assess how well you can keep up physically. This post is essentially to give a first-hand guide on how to manage to make such long trips, particularly when a seven-year-old is accompanying you on hilly terrains. So without any further delay, here are a few important and useful tips to fully enjoy the trip:
- Daily drink 4-6 glasses of fresh water/warm water in the morning after waking up. Our daughter used to have 1 glass of water early in the morning daily which would not only take care of the Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and headaches but also clean her stomach before hitting the roads.
- Make your kids do 10 sit-ups after having water. This will help in cleaning their bellies if water doesn’t help.
- Kids can also be fed with milk and juices if plain water is difficult for them to drink during the day.
- Do carry a few OTC tablets like Ondem (for vomiting), analgesic like Saradon (for headache), and paracetamol like Crocin with you for emergency needs.
- Make sure that your child is sitting in front of the car.
- To avoid suffocation, avoid closure of windows or try switching on the air-conditioner in your car. The advice here is to keep the windows open and enjoy the cool breeze of the mountains.
- Avoid eating oily food, particularly kids should minimise their oily intake. We encouraged Sarah to eat less oily food, but whatever she ate, it was supplemented with water.
Hope the above tips help particularly for those couples/families with kids planning to travel in hilly areas.
Until next, take care.