What Medications to Pack for a Trip or Vacation Travel
Getting sick on vacation ranks pretty high up there on the list of frustrating things in life. It’s bad enough to not feel well, but when your medicine cabinet and comfort items aren’t within reach, that’s even harder. On top of that, who wants to waste their vacation feeling sick? That’s why I’m always so happy to see a CVS when I travel. CVS is sort of like my own personal medicine cabinet no matter where I am.
That’s why I’m always so happy to see a CVS when I travel. CVS is like my own personal medicine cabinet no matter where I am.
In addition, I also like to pack a little bag of over the counter (OTC) meds with me before every trip, just in case.
Here are some of the items necessary for my bag:
Strengthen Your Immunities with Vitamin C Tablets
This has become a ritual for me.
I start taking Vitamin C one week before vacation and I’m convinced that it keeps me from getting sick on vacation.
Nasal Spray, Cold Medicine, Shower Tabs, Ibuprofen for Sinus Headaches
Nothing can put a stop to your day like a sinus headache.
When you travel you never know if you’re going to be exposed to new allergens, so I always try to be prepared for sinus issues, because no one wants to hang with me when I have a sinus headache.
SPF 15 Lip Moisturizer for Those Sensitive Lips
This is an obvious one.
No one wants chapped or sunburned lips.
Relief for Upset Tummies
Hey, it’s vacation, so overindulging is part of why you’re on vacation.
However, you don’t want your big meal or fancy drink to ruin the rest of your trip.
Don’t forget, CVS isn’t only there for last minute needs, they’re truly a health partner. Your local pharmacist and/or MinuteClinic nurse practitioner is a great resource, not only can they speak to prescriptions, but they can also recommend different OTC meds for your symptoms.
There are also some really cool and useful digital tools on the CVS Mobile app that can be especially helpful for parents, on vacation or not, including:
- Pill Identifier: Helps you identify what a pill is by entering in descriptive information such as shape, color and imprint
- Drug Interaction Checker: Checks whether a prescription will have any potentially adverse reactions with other medications
- MedRemind: Helps you stay on track with their medication schedules by enabling you to customize reminders to take their prescriptions.
If things get really bad, don’t forget that more than 1,000 CVS locations have MinuteClinic, a retail medical clinic inside. You can get walk-in care seven days a week with evening and weekend hours. MinuteClinic can diagnose and treat an array of different skin conditions and summer ailments including swimmer’s itch, poison ivy, sunburns and lice.
Summer travel season is off and running, make sure your vacation doesn’t get stalled by illness.
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