Getting sick on vacation is never fun, but it’s something that does happen frequently. Whether it’s the germs on the plane or train you take or a bug you catch from your kids, don’t let yourself get caught without a plan in case you do get sick.
First, a little bit of preventative medicine is always a good idea. I try to make sure that I’m getting lots of sleep leading up to my vacation, even though it can be difficult. If you read my post on Mom’s Favorite Stuff before my recent trip to Walt Disney World, you’d know I was under lots of pressure and stress before I left. So, it’s probably no surprise to hear that I got sick by the third day of that trip. Also make sure you bring any vitamins you are currently taking with you on vacation. Then, when you are on your flight, make sure you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
I’ve been sick on vacation several times, and I always wish I’d packed better medicine in my suitcase. At a minimum, you should have some sort of pain killer/fever reducer for yourself and your children. A thermometer is also a great idea – that way you’ll know if you are dealing with a minor fever or a major one.
I also recommend packing Sudafed, which you can’t get over the counter in most places, making it difficult to get at hotels or theme parks. Cough drops are also useful to have – even if it’s just from a dry throat you may get after flying.
Find a Doctor
When my husband got the flu on our honeymoon, luckily there was an in-house doctor at our hotel. But, in most cases, you won’t have that luxury. Depending on where you are, you may find a local MinuteClinic in the nearest CVS. I went to MinuteClinic a few weeks ago for some sinus trouble, and was able to get the prescription I needed quickly and easily.
Disclosure: I received a gift card and flu shot vouchers from MinuteClinic, but was not required to post.
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