Tuesday, March 12, 2013

So What's in Your Travel Medicine Bag?

My husband often reminds me that when we're on a cruise ship, it's not like we're going to a third world country without access to modern day marvels like ibuprofen and cough syrup. But the planner and preparer that I am, I don't leave home for an extended trip without either.  I know I could find both onboard the ship or from a local drug store in any of the ports we visit, but when it's late (or super early) and someone has a headache or beginning of a cough, you don't want to wait to be able to buy what you need.

That doesn't mean I pack the whole medicine cabinet to bring with us.  In fact, here's what you'll find in our medicine bag:
  • Bonine - this product is our go-to for motion sickness. We find it's best to take it around sailaway party time and it's in effect by the time dinner rolls around. While we didn't feel the sea much in the Med in 2007, others have reported some summer storms can toss the ship about, so it's better to be prepared than not. I found these to be good when whale-watching in Alaska, too.
  • Ibuprofen
  • Junior Strength Tylenol (chewable) - for those members of our traveling party who don't do so well at swallowing pills
  • Benadryl - You never know when you might have an allergic reaction to something
  • Liquid cough medicine - that tickle in your throat might be more.
  • Pepto-Bismol (chewable) - Travel-tummy, enough said?
  • Tums - Too much rich food.
  • Hydrocortisone cream - perfect for those mysterious bug bites or itches
In addition, we take a small first aid kit complete with bandaids of various sizes, cleansing wipes, and some antibiotic ointment.

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