Normally I would tell you to just say no to drugs, but on a Disney World Vacation I’m tellin’ you… YOU BETTA BRING SOME WITH YOU!!!
On two of my trips to WDW I got sick. Sick as a dog. Sick as in “please Jesus let me DIE before my throat explodes” kind of sick. I’m fairly sure I spent as much on medicine at the gift shops as I did on park-tickets!
People book Disney vacations months in advance, so if they, or their children get sick it is extremely likely they will go ahead and on vacation. This becomes a problem because, if your kids are like mine, you cannot stop the darlings from TOUCHING THE QUEUE (WAITING LINE) HANDRAILS. (enter scary huffing-out-of-frustration sound here). Which means germs are being spread like wildfire.
Do NOT underestimate the importance of bringing a medicine bag with you. Now be smart… if you’re flying there are all kinds of wacko regulations about how much liquid you can bring in your carry-on, so don’t get yourself into a situation that requires a pat-down, but I wanted to make sure that I told you about some medicines that you just simply SHOULD NOT go to Disney without. Obviously you’ll remember any daily meds you take regularly, so they will be excluded from the list.
1. COLD Medicines:
- Head Cold/Congestion Medicine – DAY & NIGHT. (this costs a TON at WDW and goes fast)
- Tussin – will work for both kids or adults if a cough creeps up.
- Claritin – With the ABUNDANT flora of Middle Florida and California you may discover you have an allergy to something you didn’t know you had. I would just suggest taking one every day just in case.
- Thermometer – Is your kid just acting crabby b/c they’ve had a busy/overstimulating day, or have they caught something? A thermometer will help to see.
- Ayr Nasal Spray – again, allergies or congestion can really ruin a trip. Don’t forget this kind of stuff.
2. TUMMY Medicines
- Gas X – especially if you’re not accustomed to lots of high-fat foods.
- TUMS/ antacid of some sort – again heartburn can kill an otherwise fun day at the World.
- Pepto capsules – heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea . Nuff said.
3. HEADACHE MEDICINES
- Advil/Ibuprofen.- Your feet and legs will most likely hurt from the LARGE amount of walking that you will be doing (on average 10-15 miles per day!!!!) so make sure you’ve got some pain reliever to take with you.
- Tylenol/Acetaminophen/ kids version of this. If a fever creeps up you don’t want to be without, also can help with the HEADACHE which sometimes accompanies the over stimulation effect Disney can have on both you and your family.
- Heating pad or Heat packs – Again, this will be amazing for you if you have any level of back pain. Even if you don’t I’d still sleep on it around my neck to release the day’s tension.
4. FIRST AID MEDICINES
- A small first aid kit you can keep in your backpack is great. You will need some band aids, alcohol pads, triple antibiotic ointment if you don’t want to buy it all together as a little kit.
- Band-aid Friction Block Stick – Honestly I wouldn’t be caught dead at a Disney park without it! It helps to put a thin layer of protection on your skin so you are less likely to get blisters. Get some blister bandages too just in case. Your feet really take a beating at Disney parks!
- Suntan lotion , baby face stick, and Sooth-A-Caine Spray.Disney KNOWS you have to have suntan lotion. IF you forget it you will be out MUCHO DENARO!! Don’t forget your sunscreen.
5. ODD, BUT HELPFUL MEDICINES TO HAVE
- If your little one has had pink eye and you have any of that medicine left, bring it with you. My son picked it up last trip and it was great having it available.
- A/B Octic Ear Drops OR Swimmers Ears drops – If your kid frequently gets ear infections or if you think they might be swimming this will pay off HUGE DIVIDENDS if you’ve got some.
- Tampons (sorry guys but its true). Tampons are a small FORTUNE at WDW Gift Shops. Make sure you pack some just in case. (Midol might be nice too)
If you are staying on property WDW resorts have a shuttle that will take you to a “Doc in the Box”. However, it will be a little pricey and, OF COURSE, you can’t get to them in the middle of the night which is when MY kids normally show up sick. On my December trip I SWEAR I thought I had Strep Throat and when I read in the packet I couldn’t do anything till after 8am I sat there and cried. They also have “first aid stations” in every park, but they’re not for anything other than BASIC first aid (think like what your school nurse would do).
Do NOT underestimate the importance of bringing Medicines with you down to WDW. Save room in your bags and remember to JUST SAY YES TO DRUGS – (when packing for a vacation at Disney Parks that is!)
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