5 items to keep the family healthy while traveling

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‘Tis the season… for coughs, colds, and fevers. Those are the kinds of things that could really put a damper on a trip, especially one taken during the already-stressful holidays. In an attempt to prevent or alleviate illness while traveling, below is what I pack for every family trip.

First-Aid Kit

I know, Captain Obvious over here. That’s why I’ve listed it first, to kind of get it out of the way. I’ll be honest: only recently did I begin packing some semblance of a first-aid kit on our travels. Nowadays, I at least pack bandages; a topical antibiotic ointment; and liquid anti-inflammatory and fever reducing medications (Children’s Motrin and Children’s Tylenol).

First Aid Kit

BeKoool Soft Gel Sheets

To be used when a child develops a fever, BeKoool Soft Gel Sheets are self-adhesive, non-medicated patches. Apply to your child’s forehead for immediate cooling relief from fever discomfort. As they are non-medicated, BeKoool gel sheets are not meant to take the place of fever-reducing medications (see above). Each sheet lasts up to 8 hours (the cooling doesn’t diminish though the adhesiveness might if removed and reapplied repeatedly). Aside from offering fever relief, BeKoool gel sheets have come in handy for my 7-year-old asthmatic daughter to alleviate headaches brought on by ashtma-induced coughing.

Kinsa Smart Thermometer

Described as “the world’s smartest thermometer”, the Kinsa Smart Stick does more than just take your temperature. One end of the device connects to a smartphone (free Kinsa app required), the other can be used orally, rectally, or under the arm to take anyone’s temperature. Via the app, users may set up profiles for each family member to track temperatures, symptoms, medications, and diagnoses. More of what makes Kinsa so “smart” is that it also offers real-time guidance on what to do next and advises users whether the fever is cause for concern. Unlike other modern thermometers I’ve used, my kids don’t mind having their temperature taken with the Kinsa, thanks to the little bubble-popping game that’s enabled on the smartphone when the thermometer is in use.

Essential Oils

As far as I’m concerned, our mental health is just as important as our physical health. I suffer from anxiety and it’s gotten worse the last couple of years. Desperate to better manage the disorder (along with medication and therapy), I turned to essential oils, joking with friends and family that I “drank the Kool-Aid” (referring to the popularity of and seemingly undying devotion by many to essential oils). I then learned that there are oil combinations which could help alleviate my daughter’s asthma and seasonal allergies, and that’s when I truly bought into it. Recently, it’s gotten to the point where I don’t leave the house without my bottle of Stress Away essential oil blend. For my own use and my daughter’s, I also typically pack (in my handy little essential oils travel case) lavender, lime, Thieves, peppermint, and lemon.

5 items to keep family healthy while traveling

Medical Phrases or Words in Local Language

More for international travel (or to a destination where your mother tongue is not spoken), I learned the hard way to become familiar with key medical words and phrases in the local language. A quick run through Google Translate should do the job; or, better yet, invest in a phrase book that includes medical terms and keep it handy. In addition, before your trip, research medical facilities or even children’s hospitals in the vicinity of your hotel, vacation rental, etc. Nothing worse than having a sick kid in an unfamiliar place and not knowing where to go or how to communicate with local care providers.

Are there any health and wellness items you always pack for your travels?

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4 Responses to 5 items to keep the family healthy while traveling

  1. Dana December 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    Great tips! I always travel with a medical kit. I also put local emergency #’s into my phone just in case.

  2. Claudia December 15, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    We’re with you on the packing a medi-kit on our travels too. We’ve had some adventures in foreign pharmacies, but those aren’t the kind of adventures you really want to have, especially if language is an issue!

  3. Katja December 15, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    I’m always on the lookout for a thermometer that actually works (I have honestly spent a small fortune on fancy thermometers that don’t last) so I love the sound of the Kinsa Smart Stick. Thanks for the recommendation!
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  4. Rima Gor December 21, 2016 at 1:22 am #

    Great tips Francesca! Specially I like that essential oil, its really necessary. Thanks for sharing such a useful post.

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