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Spring / Summer Travel – Keeping Healthy on Family Vacation

by TerriAnn
Travel | Summer | Health | If you’re planning some summer travel, then you’ll want to pack some extra supplies to ensure no one is sick or injured during your family vacation. See how we plan to use these to fill our flight and road trip first aid kits.


You’ve been looking forward to this family vacation for months. You’ve made your lodging reservations, plane tickets are in hand, luggage is packed, and you finally arrive at your destination. And then you get sick or injure yourself… Unfortunately, this is a pretty common situation and, well, it’s no fun.

Travel | Summer | Health | If you’re planning some summer travel, then you’ll want to pack some extra supplies to ensure no one is sick or injured during your family vacation. See how we plan to use these to fill our flight and road trip first aid kits.

Inevitable Woes During Family Vacation

When my family and I were in Florida a few weeks ago, this same thing happened to us. We were all excited to be enjoying Walt Disney World together and even booked an extra day outside of the conference to just have fun. Then, on day three of five, Munchkin got sick. We left Magic Kingdom after just a short time and headed back to the hotel. There she, uhm, let it all out. (Notice that bag she was holding onto tightly for a couple of hours?)

Travel | Summer | Health | If you’re planning some summer travel, then you’ll want to pack some extra supplies to ensure no one is sick or injured during your family vacation. See how we plan to use these to fill our flight and road trip first aid kits.

For the rest of the trip she was nauseous. Then, when we arrived back home, Frans got sick and it took a week for him to get over it. So, when people ask us how our vacation was, it always goes something like, “Good, but Munchkin and Frans got sick.” Yeah, total bummer.

Avoiding Sickness & Treating Injuries

So, when it comes to any traveling we do this spring/summer, I’m hoping we can avoid any mishaps. Or, in the worst case scenario, at least try to lessen the impact it has on our vacation. When scouring the aisles at CVS, I found a ton of items that would be useful to have but small and portable enough to pack.

Travel | Summer | Health | If you’re planning some summer travel, then you’ll want to pack some extra supplies to ensure no one is sick or injured during your family vacation. See how we plan to use these to fill our flight and road trip first aid kits.

We always like to assemble our own kind of travel first aid kits. However, it’s just as easy to get a pre-assembled first-aid kit that has everything from finger splints and burn cream to aspirin and bandages. I found this awesome kit for only $17 but I had to resist the urge from buying it since we already have way too many of these already (I must have some weird first aid kit obsession).

Travel | Summer | Health | If you’re planning some summer travel, then you’ll want to pack some extra supplies to ensure no one is sick or injured during your family vacation. See how we plan to use these to fill our flight and road trip first aid kits.

If you’re doing a combination of flying and driving, other items might handy. All you need is someone coughing or sneezing like crazy on the plane or a rough unpaved road to put set off the sickness alert warnings. Let’s not even talk about trying to have a good time with flesh eating bugs swarming around your kids and blisters filled with puss. Oh, the joys of travel 😛

No, but really, it doesn’t have to be all that bad. Just be prepared and hope for the best. The important thing is that you have a good time together!

What are your travel must-haves to keep healthy on the go?

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for this springtime campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

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Carolyn Benson May 29, 2015 - 7:01 am

I have trouble with my ears when I fly and I fly frequently so my ENT doctor told me to use Sudafed one tablet the night before and one in the morning and a nasal spray when the plane takes off. Works great, previously had lost much hearing for weeks after flying but since I started this no more problems with my ears.

Adrienne gordon May 29, 2015 - 9:15 am

hand sanitizer and vitamin c

clynsg May 29, 2015 - 9:25 am

It used to be Dramamine, for car-sick kids, but that is done with. Now, it is a basic first aid kit, with blankets and fluids available.

Kathy Luman May 29, 2015 - 10:03 am

I would have to take car sick pills and all of my daily required medication.

Sandy Klocinski May 29, 2015 - 10:44 am

Water bottle. One of my biggest challenges is to stay properly hydrated when traveling. Changing time zones, flying, and shaken-up schedules take a toll, and remaining hydrated is key in fighting fatigue as well as staving off hunger. I never leave home without my glass water bottle. Healthy for me, my wallet, and the environment!

CR Williams May 29, 2015 - 11:42 am

I would have to say my hand sanitizer and wipes.

Geoff K May 29, 2015 - 11:44 am

Definitely hand sanitizer, vitamin C, motion sickness pills, and Pepto!

Denise S May 29, 2015 - 1:49 pm

I take along my vitamins and car sickness pills for the kids.

Margaret Smith May 29, 2015 - 2:08 pm

My must haves is bandaids, neosporin, asperin, pepto, tissues and wipes.

Rosie May 29, 2015 - 2:17 pm

Aspirin, bandage wraps, bandaids, sunscreen!

Richard Hicks May 29, 2015 - 2:36 pm

Always have sanitizer, aspirin, vitamins and more on my trips

Jaque R. May 29, 2015 - 3:45 pm

I always take a first aid kit that includes aspirin, antihistamines, band aids, neosporin, and ant acid. 🙂 Thank you.

Elena May 29, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Hand sanitizer and wipes

rich morris May 29, 2015 - 6:18 pm

I love taking trail mix and jerky with me

Ann Fantom May 29, 2015 - 6:25 pm

I have to have granola bars so we don’t snack on gas station junk food

Jessica Vaughan gengler May 29, 2015 - 9:14 pm

Hand sanitizer and tylenol

harold May 29, 2015 - 9:24 pm

Hand Sanitizers, Pain Relief Meds, and Pepto.

Amy Pratt May 30, 2015 - 5:36 am

I definitely need car sick pills.

Cynthia C May 30, 2015 - 6:06 am

I always pack my medications, sunscreen and sanitizing wipes.

beth shepherd May 30, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Sunscreen and a water bottle are always on the go with me

Barbara Montag May 30, 2015 - 2:26 pm

I always take my exercise bands and vitamins with me while traveling.
thank you

heather s May 30, 2015 - 3:08 pm

antibacterial gel, water

trisha kilpatrick May 30, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Directions to a 24-hour drug store, list of local doctors on our insurance, and insurance cards for everybody is all that I need.

Debbi Wellenstein May 30, 2015 - 4:53 pm

We always have a first aid kit in the car, and we always pack sunscreen.

David Fultner May 30, 2015 - 4:56 pm

I take 1st fit kit.

Tina W May 30, 2015 - 4:58 pm

I never leave home without Immodium, ibuprofen and allergy medicine.

Ashley C May 30, 2015 - 5:43 pm

Our big must haves are sunscreen and bug spray. Those 2 things can help prevent a lot of discomfort. We also try to take along some advil and pepto!

kyl neusch May 30, 2015 - 6:28 pm

hand sanitizer and vitamin C

Christina G. May 30, 2015 - 7:08 pm

I never travel without Ibuprofen and bandaids. Thanks for the giveaway!

Tabathia B May 30, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Snacks, water, ibuprofen, thermometers, heat packs and some type of hand wipes

Claire May 30, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Hand sanitizer and aspirin!

robyn paris May 31, 2015 - 6:36 am

i like to make sure I have sunscreen to have a safe healthy vacation.

Cathy French May 31, 2015 - 7:12 am

Must haves are sun screen, hand sanitizer, tissues and plenty of water.

Julie Murphy May 31, 2015 - 7:30 am

I like to bring my gallon of ice water

Karen Glatt May 31, 2015 - 9:30 am

I must have Saline nasal spray, nail clippers, band aids, pain reliever, aloe vera cream, antihistamine, Pepto, and hand sanitizer wipes.

Jessica Beard May 31, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Kleenex, Tylenol, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and baby teething tablets.

Tari Lawson May 31, 2015 - 5:33 pm

My travel must haves are Airborne, Excedrin and Aleve.

Stacey b May 31, 2015 - 9:49 pm

I always carry sunscreen with me!

Katherine June 1, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Hand sanitizer airborne and immodium

Crystal F June 1, 2015 - 4:38 pm

We have to have Motrin, baindaids, Dimetapp allergy and some kids pain medicine when we go somewhere. Thank you!

Brittney House June 1, 2015 - 8:21 pm

I keep plently of headache medicines available and my multi-vitamins.

Marty C. June 2, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Advil, Ivy-Dry, and hand-sanitizer for camping 🙂

Jessica To June 2, 2015 - 1:39 pm

We have to take band-aids, ibuprofen and sunscreen.

Nancy June 2, 2015 - 2:43 pm

It is important to have bandaids and Advil

Mary Calabrese June 2, 2015 - 8:36 pm

I always need pain reliever PM when I travel.

Deb Jensen June 2, 2015 - 11:35 pm

Hand Sanitizer and Benadryl

Stefanie Gladden June 3, 2015 - 10:59 am

water, almonds, hand sanitizers, bandaids!

Jackie Trimble June 3, 2015 - 8:09 pm

Tweezers and bandaids

riddhika June 4, 2015 - 6:40 am

Allegra, hand sanitizer and ibuprufen

Natalie June 4, 2015 - 10:38 am

I must have bandaids, pain medication, sunglasses, sunscreen and hand sanitizer.

chickie brewer June 4, 2015 - 1:22 pm

Always bring lots of water and healthy snacks!

Robin June 6, 2015 - 12:30 pm

I have to have hand sanitizer and sunscreen.

Birdiebee June 6, 2015 - 7:28 pm

I have to take Advil with me everywhere I go in case I get a serious migraine.

Lauren June 6, 2015 - 10:32 pm

Band-aids, water, tissues, Wet Ones, Tylenol

Tracy Melhinch June 7, 2015 - 7:25 am

I always bring a first aid kit, anti bacterial gel, and pain reliever

joni June 8, 2015 - 12:36 am

I take different types of sunscreen with us.

deana June 8, 2015 - 5:20 am

My main travel must have is imergen-c

Lauren June 8, 2015 - 7:29 am

I always bring Tylenol and Dramamine.

Stephanie June 9, 2015 - 5:59 am

band aids is a must

Amanda Sakovitz June 9, 2015 - 10:37 am

I need to have water everywhere I go!

Kathleen June 9, 2015 - 12:22 pm

I usually have to have wet wipes, tylenol and bandaids.

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Bridgett Wilbur June 9, 2015 - 2:06 pm

My on the go must haves are hand sanitizer and asprin.

Courtnie June 9, 2015 - 2:13 pm

I’d say kleenex, hand sanitizer, and pain killers.

Thomas Murphy June 9, 2015 - 5:43 pm

I must have water and hand sanitizer

Elle P. June 10, 2015 - 6:46 am

Always take hand sanitizer and daily vitamins.

Christina Sparks June 10, 2015 - 6:51 am

I bring hand wipes to wipe tables and shopping carts and to grab door handle so I won’t get sick as I travel.

Michelle June 10, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Sunscreen and advil

Erica B. June 10, 2015 - 5:39 pm

Gotta have my daily vitamins and sunscreen.

Karen Drake June 11, 2015 - 8:54 am

Tylenol and sunscreen are my must haves when traveling.

brandy c June 11, 2015 - 9:47 am

I pack meal bars and water to stay fed and hydrated.

Vera June 11, 2015 - 11:58 am

I always have handsanitizer and fever reducer meds.

Katie J June 11, 2015 - 7:15 pm

Mine are hand sanitizer, band aids, advil and tylenol.

Daniel M June 12, 2015 - 4:11 pm

bandaids, hand sanitizer, water

Michelle W June 12, 2015 - 7:35 pm

Tylenol, bandaids and sunscreen are must-haves.

Jason June 13, 2015 - 1:08 am

Hand sanitizer and chapstick

Donna June 13, 2015 - 3:56 am

We always take antibiotic cream, bandaids, wipes, tissues, and fever medicine.

Kimberly Hilbert June 13, 2015 - 4:12 am

We have a tote bag in the car with the essentials. Ordinary things like cups, plastic tableware, paper towels. That way if we get hungry on the run we can get something from the supermarket instead of fast food.

Teresa Moore June 13, 2015 - 6:32 am

I take everything from antacid, to sanitizing wipes, aspirin, bandaids, etc etc.

Stephanie Galbraith June 13, 2015 - 11:34 am

My toothbrush and toothpaste, and my contacts case and contacts cleaner.

Susan Smith June 13, 2015 - 12:51 pm

I usually have to have sunscreen, Tylenol and bandaids

Julie Simpson June 13, 2015 - 1:51 pm

As an avid germaphobe I don’t go anywhere without hand sanitizer, wipes and little bottles. My meds, tissue, makeup bag of course and bottles of voss, and my cane.

Peggy Rydzewski June 13, 2015 - 2:21 pm

We make a small first aid kit.

Lisa June 13, 2015 - 4:38 pm

My travel must haves are hand sanitizer, tissues, sunscreen, band aids, water.

Jennifer M June 13, 2015 - 7:03 pm

Advil, a blister stick, and bandaids.

Laurie Emerson June 13, 2015 - 7:24 pm

I always make sure to bring a first aid kit, vitamins, bottled water and healthy style snacks.

Stephanie Larison June 13, 2015 - 7:46 pm

With 2 small kids, we must travel with band aids and neosporin when we’re away from home.

Dawn Monroe June 13, 2015 - 8:30 pm

Mine are baby wipes, sanitizer and a camera.

Karla R. June 13, 2015 - 9:02 pm

I need Tylenol and water. when I travel.

Carol June 14, 2015 - 12:59 am

I would have to say my hand sanitizer and wipes.

Danielle Marie June 14, 2015 - 1:18 am

for me it is sunscreen, bandaids, and blister bandaids. oh and ibuprofen!

annette campbell June 14, 2015 - 7:05 am

I make sure we have antibiotic cream and bandaids

Penny Snyder June 14, 2015 - 7:56 am

Ibuprofen & icy/hot back patches!!

cynthia Dawson June 14, 2015 - 7:58 am

I like to have the basics including band-aids, a small tube of antibiotic and emergen-c to keep us feeling our best!

Theresa D June 14, 2015 - 9:12 am

When I travel I must have Vitamin C tablets, hand sanitizer, and decongestant.

Francine Anchondo June 14, 2015 - 10:09 am

water , medicine , and hand sanitizer

kim keithline June 14, 2015 - 1:28 pm

My travel must haves are ibuprophen, vitamins, bandaids and hand sanitizer

sandra schmitz June 14, 2015 - 2:18 pm

I always carry hand sanitizer, bandaids, first aid cream and headache pills.

michelle r June 14, 2015 - 5:09 pm

water and hand sanitizer

HS June 14, 2015 - 7:09 pm

I must have wipes and sunscreen.

Sarah Jestings June 14, 2015 - 7:55 pm

I like to always have my water bottle with me 🙂

Trisha McKee June 14, 2015 - 8:31 pm

My must-haves are sanitizer, band-aids and headache medicine.

AEKZ2 June 14, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Wet-ones, bandaids, and antibacterial ointment are my must haves.

Sand June 14, 2015 - 9:36 pm

Bandages, hand sanitizer, wipes and sunblock!

Sarah L June 14, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Water, snacks, wipes, sunscreen.
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Brian E. June 14, 2015 - 9:57 pm

Thank You for the giveaway…must have sunscreen & generic Claritin-D allergy meds when I travel during the summer !

Tammy Greer June 14, 2015 - 10:10 pm

I always carry Sanitizing wipes, ibuprofen, sunscreen, bandaids, and antibiotic ointment with me.

amy deeter June 14, 2015 - 10:26 pm

a healthy snack,sunscreen,water, and first aide stuff as well !

Lily Kwan June 15, 2015 - 12:31 am

healthy snacks and water

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