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Staying Healthy on Vacation

After you’ve planned your vacation for months, the last thing you want to do is get sick, especially when you’re far from home and in what might be an unfamiliar area. We have some tips on staying healthy and being prepared in case you wind up feeling under the weather. While you are packing, be sure to include your prescription medications along with a collection of over the counter remedies for various illnesses and minor injuries. Often, you will not be able to purchase these items easily, and if you can find them, they will be very expensive. In fact, the only way you’ll get treatment for stomach viruses on a cruise is to see the ship’s medical staff. Frankly, that’s not really fun, is very expensive and will likely get you confined to your cabin for at least 24 hours! Thus, bringing your prescription and over the counter medications with you is a prudent thing to do. Some suggestions for your first aid kit are as follows:
  • Antidiarrheal medication (for example, Pepto Bismol or Imodium)
  • Antihistamine and/or decongestant
  • Motion sickness medication such as Bonine or Dramamine
  • Medicine for pain or fever (such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen)
  • Cough suppressant/expectorant/cough drops
  • Antacid
  • Antibacterial ointments or creams
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Band-Aids, ace bandage, moleskin
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant with DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus
  • Aloe vera lotion or gel
  • Pressure-relieving ear plugs if you’re flying
Be sure to pack your medications in your carryon luggage. If you have prescriptions for controlled substances or injectable medication, you should carry a copy of the prescription with you as well. As far as the TSA is concerned, you may bring medically necessary liquids, medications and creams in excess of 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in your carry-on bag. These should be separate from your other liquids and they need to be removed from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You are not required to place your liquid medication in a plastic zip-top bag; however, doing so will make things a little easier for you. One of the best ways to prevent stomach issues is to wash your hands frequently, especially before meals. Hand sanitizes can be helpful especially if soap and water are not available, but they are not as good as washing your hands. Seeking medical attention abroad, or at sea can be costly and expensive. By trying your regular remedies first, you may be able to make a quick recovery and get on with your trip. Of course, if your symptoms do not improve then by all means seek out medical treatment. Being prepared for minor illnesses can save you time and money.  

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