The long anticipate day has come for your planned vacation. Nothing can ruin the fun of the vacation like illness or an injury.
Pack for Health
Packing a few items can help you prevent illness, treat an illness if it occurs, and provide comfort for an injury. I have a standard list of items that I pack each time I vacation.
1. Compression Stockings
Being immobile for a long time, such as during a flight or car ride, can lead to blood pooling in the ankles and feet. Not only are swollen ankles unsightly, they can lead to a serious condition called DVT (deep vein thrombosis) which is a blood clot in your lower leg. Wearing compression stockings while you travel prevents the blood from pooling.
2. Anti-bacterial hand gel and wipes.
I always use the gel before I eat.
Wiping down common surfaces with antibacterial wipes (tables, TV remotes, airplane trays, etc.) will also kill germs, preventing the spread of disease.
Staying hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. By using a reusable bottle will save you a ton of money over bottled water.
HINT: Just make sure the water is drinkable before filling up.
4. Nasal Mist
Our membranes in our noses are responsible for keeping us healthy by stopping germs and viruses from entering the body. When those membranes dry out, they lose their ability to trap the germs and viruses. Airplanes and many hotels maintain low humidity, which dry your membranes. Using a saline nasal spray will keep those membranes working to their optimum.
Sunburn is not just painful; it can also create health problems (heat exhaustion, dehydration, etc).
Never leave your room without sunscreen on.
Most of us remember the sunscreen, but forget our lips. Lips burn just as our skin does.
Mosquitoes, ticks and other insects carry diseases. Carry insect repellent to ward off these creepy crawlies and the diseases they carry.
8. First Aid Kit
Having a basic first aid kit is necessary when traveling. This has been a lifesaver for us many times on our travel.
- Diarrhea medicine (Imodium or Pepto-Bismol)
- Motion sickness medicine
- Cough drops
- Pain and fever medicine (acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen)
- Mild laxative
- Cold relief medicine
- A small tube of triple antibiotic ointment
- Digital thermometer
- Insect bite anti-itch gel or cream
- Assorted Bandages
- Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
- Saline Eye drops
- Small Elastic wrap
Hint: this can be in just a large zip lock bag. You can also buy a small makeup bag at the Dollar Store.
This is what I take when I travel to keep all my family healthy and happy.
See Ya Makin’ Memories!