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Years ago, when my oldest was turning one, we went on a family vacation to Spain. I made lists of essentials and thought I did a great job packing but while we were visiting the Royal Palace of Madrid, my daughter was feeling really hot and acting lethargic. I did not pack any Children’s Advil or other cold medicine and let me tell you, when you don’t speak the native language it’s quite a challenge trying to communicate with the local pharmacist in a foreign country. Eventually, we got her on the right medication and the rest of the trip went well but nine years and three kids later I have definitely learned my lesson! Family Travel Hack: Pack Medicine for Kids When You Go on Vacation In Case of Illness
These days when I go on vacation, whether abroad, or even just a road trip, I make sure to pack, at the very least, pain and fever medication, plus cold medicine. Getting sick on vacation is pretty common and being prepared means you’re ready for anything. Trust me, you don’t need to spend your vacation running around looking for pharmacies and trying to explain what’s wrong with your child to make sure she gets the right medication.
When packing for a trip I make a list a few weeks before the trip and keep adding to it as I get closer to the trip. Aside from the usual essentials, such as clothes and toiletries, I always pack extra bandaids, Neosporin and a thermometer. Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin® and Children’s Dimetapp® are also must-haves. I’ve dealt with tooth aches, coughs, tummy aches and colds on our family vacations and packing these small bottles takes merely seconds (I just throw them in a gallon-size zip-lock). Not having the medications when I need them will require me to spend time looking for them at stores – which means less time enjoying my vacation!
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Bianca Munoz says
Best travel hack is Hot Spot for electronic devices and snacks 😀 Thank you!
shelly peterson says
Have plenty of snack drinks and entertainment and wipes for easy clean up.
sarah mayer says
My trick is to keep them entertained..
Always pack snacks and lots of extra baggies, paper towels and water.
ellen beck says
Best travel hack is bring along books or something to sing along to and have fun!
the portable DVD player!
amy stonger says
I allow more time for everything. It always seems to take longer with the kids and when we are out of town.
Susan Smith says
My travel hack to to bring snack/drinks, books, games and movies to keep them busy.
Sarah Hall says
We bring along games that keep their minds busy so they don’t realize how long the trip is.
Bring books and DVD to keep them occupied.
Stephanie Phelps says
My best travel hack is to take snacks already divided in baggies and individual entertainment bags.
Not sure! I don’t have kids yet!
Sarah Phillips says
My best travel hack would be to ALWAYS pack snacks. If you’ve got a cooler, pack some sandwiches and drinks in one and keep it on standby. There’s nothing worse than a hangry child!!
James Robert says
Keep them busy, portable dvd players o use one in car, snacks, kindles to read and headphones.
Steve Weber says
Make sure they have plenty to do that doesn’t involve electronics or video games.
Sheila K. says
To me, the best travel hack with kids is to bring plenty of books!
Cheryl B says
Snacks, frequent stops for rest, music and DVD’s.
My tip is to bring gummy bears on planes so that kids can eat them to prevent ear pain when changing altitudes on planes.
Lisa Brown says
Use Zip-lock bags to store and carry snacks
My travel hack is to bring snacks and games to keep kids busy
Keep them occupied with games, movies, and/or music.