Tips for Being Prepared for Sickness on Vacation

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This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

Vacation and adventure are my favorite things about summer. In the past few years, I’ve taken advantage of the flexible schedule that working from home and homeschooling allow my family. Traveling as a single Mom can be daunting, but I’ve found that planning and preparation go along way to make vacationing alone with children as stress free as possible.

Have you ever found yourself on vacation with a sick child? On my first vacation as a single Mom, I was completely unprepared and had no children’s medication packed. Running out for medication meant gathering all of my kids in the car and looking for a store in an unfamiliar location.

When going on vacation I always pack Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin® and Children’s Dimetapp® to tackle the ickiest of symptoms. I can treat just about any minor aliment that pops up on vacation with these 3 Pfizer Consumer Healthcare medications, itch relief cream, and a small first aid kit.

My children often get headaches while on vacation. I often think the break from routine and later bedtimes bring on these headaches. Children’s Advil® is a great solution for aches and pains for kids between 2 and 11 years old, with the added bonus of reducing fever, should a summer virus hit while away on vacation. With several great-tasting flavors including Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape there is a choice for every family.

Small quarters on vacation and a coughing child result in sleepless nights for the whole family. That’s why I pack Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief to control and relieve symptoms all day or all night.

When a cold hits on vacation the perfect answer is Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free to ease symptoms of stuffy and runny noses, while also quieting a cough.

Before your next vacation invest in a locking medication container. When aches and pains or a cold hit during vacation being prepared with reliable medication will have your child’s symptoms under control quickly.

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  1. Yes I have. My daughter got really sick when we were flying to Disneyland one year. It was awful. She was sick for 3 days.

  2. So many great products that we have relied on for years. I have had this experience while on a cruise and it was awful. I have learned from this and come fully prepared now, lol!

  3. My niece once got bronchitis while we were on vacation in Colorado. We spent most of the day in urgent care.

  4. Yes, and it’s no fun. Found out that our medical insurance didn’t cover out of state med center visits.

  5. Sadly yes. We took my daughter to France when she was 9 months old and she developed a fever and really bad diaper rash. It was horrible trying to find the medicine we needed in a different language and I will never travel again without some basic medicines with me!

  6. I’ve had kids be sick several times while out of town. It’s never fun for us, or them. Once, my oldest son threw up in the back seat of the car while it was full of people. Ohhh what a mess!

  7. I do not like being sick. My kiddos throw up every few months, so it’s rough. Thanks for the great offer!

  8. No. I have been very fortunate to not have a sick kid while on vacation. Of course, even if they weren’t feeling the best they probably wouldn’t say anything.

  9. Yes, my son has gotten sick while on vacation visiting relatives out of state. We bought over the counter medicine at first, but ended up taking him to the emergency room to be seen. Not fun!

  10. my niece got a really bad toothache luckily she had a really good insurance plan that almost every dentist accepts

  11. YES 🙁 and i hated seeing my little girl not feeling well couldnt enjoy herself really sucks to see your child not feel good anytime but she really wanted to go swimming

  12. My kids have never been sick on vacation, but I have with them. We went on a beach trip and I was horribly sick!

  13. Nope. Luckily my daughter doesn’t get sick very often. Now, I’ve been sick on vacation plenty of times.

  14. I have been caught several times with a sick kid on vacation so now I always carry meds with us just in case!

  15. Many times, it ruins everything for everyone, there’s no swimming, no fun activities, just really bad.

  16. We did a 19 hour drive with 3 kids to visit family at Thanksgiving in Mississippi. The one that is usually the best behaved was miserable the whole ride. When we got there, we had all the kids get showers. He was the last one to get a shower and came out coated in chicken pox. It was horrible.

  17. I’ve never had a child get sick while on vacation although my now 8 year old got car sick while we were traveling 1000 miles to visit family.

  18. Sadly, yes we have and it was horrible! My Son was 4yrs old and we were visiting Family in Canada. Not only was the medicine so expensive our usual brand tasted off. Plus you just cant get good rest if your not at home.

  19. Yes. We were driving home from Nashville to Houston & on the drive home my daughter had 101 fever. Thankfully I had a first aid kit.

  20. Yes I have had children get sick on vacation, but thankfully I’m always prepared for these types of emergencies. I don’t leave home without my first aid kit.

  21. Oh my gosh yes!! Both my older two had a HORRIBLE stomach flu when we went to Charlotte, NC. We ended up having to take them to an ER to get Zofran to stop the puking.

  22. On several occasions, my son got car sick all over himself and his seat. He was fine when in town. Luckily he has out grown it.

  23. We live in Ky went on vacation to South Carolina and my niece got sick because of the air change to have had this wouldve been a blessing. Now I have my son and hope to go on vacation toward the end of the summer this is a great tip for when we go ! Thank you so much 🙂

  24. Oh my goodness yes and it’s no fun at all. I’ve felt so bad for my littles. These are great medicines that have helped my boys more than once! Thanks so much for the chance! have a blessed week!

  25. No I haven’t had a sick child on a vacation, but then we haven’t been able to afford very many vacations.

  26. while on a 10 mile canoe trip my daughter was bitten in between the eyes by a black fly, it was fine at first but it began to swell, and swell, there was noway off the river and we still had a mile to go benadryl was not helping, my husband and I rowed as fast as we could, got off the river and got help, it was so scary, her eyes were swelled shut she was 5 years old, we did not even know she was allergic at the time to black flies!

  27. My grandaughter woke up one morning while we were camping. She felt sick. With watery eyes scratchy throat an we had to take her to the emergency room as she had a fever also. Thats when we found out she had allegerys

  28. Yes my children have been sick when out of town especially my daughter who has type 1. She has a low immune system and gets sick easy but its nice to know there are product like these we can trust to help her and others feel better.

  29. Yes I have! My 3 OTC meds I keep at all times are Benedryl for allergic reactions, Immodium for diarrhea, and Tylenol for fever and pain.

  30. I have been fortunate enough to never have a sick kid so far on vacation. I have had it several times when we were away from home though!

  31. Yes when we were down at Disney.She got the flu the day after when we still had 3 days left to spend down there. thankfully the medicine helped us a lot

  32. Oh yes. It seems everytime we go on vacation one of my kids get sick, then they all end up sick. So I come prepared now, and take a travel bag of meds.

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