The holidays tend to take on a life of their own, leaving us with little time to breathe — much less plan — for holiday travels. It can be easy to overlook the simple steps that can help you and your family stay healthy during seasonal travels.

This year, keep your family’s health top of mind when you’re packing those overnight and vacation bags.

Meds and healthcare basics to pack:

  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen for infants, children and adults, as they help with everything from colds to headaches
  • Antacid, anti-gas and anti-nausea medication is a lifesaver when a stomach virus or motion sickness crops up
  • A laxative and anti-diarrheal medication to treat stomach and bowel discomfort
  • Oral hydration solution containing electrolytes to prevent dehydration from vomiting
  • Antihistamines, whether oral or topical, help treat allergy flare-ups and bug bites
  • Thermometer for infants and children
  • Travel-size first-aid kit with bandages, gauze and topical treatments for cuts and scratches
  • Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer to keep germs at bay
  • Moisture-rich lotion to combat itchy, dry skin
  • Sunblock and lip balm with SPF30.

Other things to remember include a refillable water bottle and healthy, portable snacks like nuts, trail mix or whole-grain crackers. Don’t forget the soft and comfy items like your child’s favorite blanket or stuffed toy and a travel pillow for you (and perhaps your own blanket, too).

If illness does strike, take comfort in the fact that Teladoc is here to help, wherever your holiday plans take you. You can talk to a licensed doctor from home, work or on the road 24/7.*

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