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We just returned from an amazing family vacation to Europe. I’m so happy to be partnered with CVS to share all about their MinuteClinic and how they can help you prepare for your next international family vacation. Disclosure: I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy to help spread the word about #BetterHealthMadeEasy and how to #FindYourHealthy. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.
Pete and I were out shopping when the email came over our phones inviting us to Europe this summer.
After the initial excitement washed over my body, I went straight into “practical mode”. There was no question we were going to go… but I knew I needed to get a lot of things in order, and quickly to make it happen.
I started making a list of everything we would need.
Medicine refills, new walking shoes, tons of snacks for the long flights, and so many other things. Then I started to think about vaccines. Did the places we were going to visit require ones we haven’t had?
All of these questions coupled with limited time had me a bit frazzled, but I was so excited that it was more of an excited feeling than full on stress running through my veins.
That was the moment that I remembered everything I had read about our partner at MinuteClinic.
Seriously I had read all about their whole travel health offerings just a few months before so I knew that I had a great resource available to help prepare for this amazing vacation.
If you aren’t familiar with MinuteClinic’s Travel Health options, here is more information for you!
The nurse practitioners at MinuteClinic can help prepare you before you travel outside of the country. There are many components to the travel health services offered at MinuteClinic including pre-travel consultations, motion sickness prevention, and more. Since we were on a river cruise I did see people who had taken precautions for motion sickness. Thankfully none of them needed to use them because a river cruise ship barely even feels like it is moving, but an ocean cruise ship totally does. When we go back on an ocean cruise I will probably visit Minute Clinic for some help because the first day or two can feel pretty rocky.
In addition to the vaccines and prescriptions you may need before leaving for your trip, nurse practitioners can also provide tips on how to stay healthy during your travels and discuss any concerns or warnings from the CDC such as Zika and Malaria if it is applicable to the country you’re traveling to.
To get the most out of your appointment, you should plan to visit 4-6 weeks before your trip and be sure to bring your itinerary with you so that your practitioner can see all the places you are visiting and provide you with a personalized travel health plan. I love that they can also send your primary care physician a summary of your visit so they can stay in the loop too!
Also, if you do end up needing vaccinations, you can get a variety of them, including DTaP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Meningitis prior to traveling. This is especially important if your immunizations are not up to date or you need other recommended ones based on where you are going.
Before we left, we stocked up on sunblock and bug spray. When we landed, it was not nearly as warm as I expected it to be, but the sun was still very strong. I was so glad that I already had what we needed and we didn’t have to spend our vacation time buying sunblock. We also saved a lot of money bringing it with us. We stopped into a pharmacy while we were in Austria and it would have cost us 3 times what we paid at CVS. Our place tickets came with a checked bag for each of us, but we ended up just bringing one for all of us that we filled with our toiletries and other things we either couldn’t pack as a carry on or that we couldn’t fit in our carry on bags.
Our stop in the pharmacy was not out of necessity, nor was our stops in grocery stores. I just love seeing all the different things you can buy in different countries! I’ve been doing that as long as I can remember. Even as a child I’d make my parents stop and look around. I’ve found some pretty cool and unique keepsakes in some very interesting places!
When you are at CVS MinuteClinic for your pre-travel visit, don’t forget to pick up snacks and other things you will need on vacation. We load up on snacks whenever we are flying. I can’t even count how many times we have been delayed either on the runway or in the air circling and having snacks has saved our sanity. Mainly because it keeps Emmy happy and that makes the flight better for everyone!
We also bring bandages, small packs of wipes, allergy ointment, and small toys that we buy at CVS for both the flights and on our trips. I’ve learned you can never prepare too much. I’d rather travel a little heavier than need something and have to waste some of my vacation buying something I could have brought from home.
MinuteClinics retail medical clinics are conveniently located inside more than 1,100 CVS Pharmacy and Target locations. They offer walk-in care seven days a week with evening and weekend hours too and are perfect for all your travel health needs.
Do you have any international trips planned?