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.

Our hands are constantly touching items that are covered in germs. Applying hand gel to our hands prevents us from transferring those germs to ourselves.

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.

3. Reusable water bottle.

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.

5. Sunscreen

Sunburn is not just painful; it can also create health problems (heat exhaustion, dehydration, etc).

Never leave your room without sunscreen on.

6. Lip Balm

Most of us remember the sunscreen, but forget our lips.  Lips burn just as our skin does.

7. Insect Repellent
Applying Insect Repellent

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.

Here is a list of what is in our kit:

  • Diarrhea medicine (Imodium or Pepto-Bismol)
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine
  • 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)
  • Tweezers
  • 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!

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I am Wease, and my traveling days started early with a father that loved to travel. As a family, a large one, we always traveled and always by car. No matter how far we went, we made the famous road trip. My father’s mantra on these trips was “we are making memories”. No matter what happened on those trips, whether good or bad, we always made memories. These memories are very precious to me. My husband and I have continued this tradition in our family, with our children, of traveling and making memories. I have learned some valuable lessons and tricks and I plan to share these with you here. Here is what I live by: “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we have been, and the memories we have made along the way”. Anonymous


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