The holidays tend to take on a life of their own, leaving us with little time to breathe—much less plan—for holiday travels. That makes it easy to overlook the simple steps that can help you and your family stay healthy.
Our packing checklist can help you make sure you’ve got everything you need to stay healthy while traveling this holiday season.
- Flu and COVID-19 vaccines a few weeks ahead of traveling
- Copy of your health insurance card, medication list, COVID-19 vaccination card and contact information for your emergency contact and healthcare providers in case of emergency
- Face masks
- Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer
- Travel-size first-aid kit with bandages, gauze and topical treatments for cuts and scratches
- Moisture-rich lotion to combat itchy, dry skin
- Sunblock and lip balm with SPF 30
- Extra contact lenses or a backup pair of glasses
- Prescriptions you or your loved ones are currently taking, plus a week of extra medication in case you experience travel delays
- Inhaler, EpiPen, diabetes testing supplies or other medical supplies you routinely use
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen in age-appropriate forms (infants, children, adolescents and/or adults), as they can help with everything from teething to headaches
- Antacid, anti-gas and anti-nausea medication for when stomach trouble or motion sickness crops up
- Mild laxatives or fiber supplements and anti-diarrheal medication to ease bowel irregularity
- Oral hydration solution containing electrolytes in the event of nausea and vomiting
- Antihistamines, whether oral or topical, to help treat allergy flare-ups and bug bites
Seek medical attention for new or worsening symptoms. If you take any prescription medications, consult with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications.
Food and drink
- Refillable water bottle to stay hydrated
- Healthy, portable snacks like nuts, trail mix, protein bars, fruit and whole-grain crackers
Safety and comfort basics
- Travel pillow and blanket
- Extra warm clothing in case the weather turns or you get stuck outdoors unexpectedly
This holiday season, do what you can to keep yourself and those around you healthy. If illness does strike, take comfort in the fact that Teladoc is here to help. You can talk to a U.S. board-certified doctor 24/7 from wherever your holiday plans take you.*
*Teladoc is not available internationally.
Updated November 8, 2021