You never know when you're going to come down with a minor illness even on vacation. If you're at Walt Disney Disney and you come down with something, it can really mess with the quality of your trip, but there are a few things that you can plan for ahead of time in order to make the most of it. With illnesses such as a cold, the only thing that you can really do is to treat the symptoms and try to stay comfortable. After many trips where illness has taken its toll, I now plan ahead and pack hearty first aid.
Supplies that you might want to have on hand:
With any and all medication, make sure to read the directions before taking anything. Just because they sell it over the counter doesn't mean that it's "safe" for everyone. Overdosing on some of the stuff I mentioned above can be life threatening, if you are unsure about anything, don't hesitate to call on your doctor or pharmacist... They are specially trained and want to help people get and stay well, as well as prevent someone causing themselves harm by accident.
Use a small notebook or notepad to track of when you take a does of medication and when it's needed again. It's easy to loose track of time while touring and having a written action plan to keep you moving means more time feeling better and enjoying yourself. It's no fun spending the day sick in your room when the rest of the family is out having an adventure.
Nobody wants to be sick while on vacation at the Happiest Place on Earth, but sometimes things happen. In this day and age, with the medications that we have available, you can even travel with a small pharmacy and not be bothered by TSA by choosing pills and capsules over liquids. Some medications are available at resort gift shops, but they are for sale at significantly more expensive rates for fewer doses. It can pay to bring your own.
With a little planning ahead, you can still enjoy your vacation, even if it's not as great as you would want. For more great tips on an ounce of prevention, check out our article on Staying Healthy While Traveling!
Thanks so much to Geordon V. for this informative guest post. If you would like to learn more about packing your travel bags to be prepared visit his blog Hurricane Dad for a more details.