Before heading off on your next family vacation you will want to follow these simple steps for ensuring your whole family stays healthy during the trip.
- Bacteria such as enterotoxigenic e.coli can be found in everything from drinking water to undercooked foods, so consider oral vaccines like Dukoral to prevent diarrheal illness.
- Get your immunizations. Since viruses like Hepatitis can be found in places like swimming pools, immunizations are really your best route for avoiding them.
- Read travel reviews before booking your resort.
- Check travel alerts for any worrisome viruses at your travel destination.
- Drink only bottled water at your destination.
- Use bottled water for brushing your teeth as well.
- Choose beverages that are not served with ice cubes.
- Use hand sanitizers regularly, particularly right before eating.
- Avoid sharing drinks or utensils, even with family members.
Now that you know how to keep your family out of harm’s way, here are some items you will want to bring with you on your trip, just in case you do encounter some injuries or illness.
Items you can carry in your personal carry-on bags:
- Wipes – I use the Pampers travel packs, but any type will work for a quick clean up.
- Nail kit with tweezers – great for splinters
- Throat lozenges
- Lip balm
- Ginger lozenges for nausea – they don’t taste great but they are good for dealing with motion sickness
- Hand sanitizer in travel size for each person
- Eye glass repair kit
Items of 100ml or less can go in a ziploc bag in your carry on. Larger bottles must go in checked bags:
- Muscle cream
- Benadryl cream for bug bites or rashes
Medication must be stored in a ziploc bag in your carry on luggage, and shown to security at the airport:
- Prescription medications in their original packaging with the prescription information
- Emergency prescriptions if your family has special health needs eg. an antibiotic if you are prone to infections
- Nausea medications
- Cold medications for adults and for children
- Anti-diarrhea medications
- Eye drops – allergy and antibiotic
- Ear drops for swimmers ear
- Anbesol or something similar for toothaches
I carry a few additional items in my checked bags. These are things that I hope I won’t have to use, but if the situation arises I will be glad I have them:
- Lice shampoo and lice comb – you won’t think you need it but I have learned from experience that traveling in places with a lot of children can lead to lice, and supplies for treatment are not readily available everywhere.
- Bed bug spray
Before you get ready to head off on your next family vacation, get your Healthy Travel Packing Guide so you won’t forget anything important.