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Getting sick on vacation can be a real challenge but it doesn't have to end your fun. I’m so happy to be partnered with CVS to share all about their MinuteClinic and how it can keep you healthy before and during your travels. Disclosure: I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy for their 2017 influencer relations program. 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.
Summer vacation season is right around the corner.
We normally hunker down when everyone else is traveling because we enjoy our vacations more with fewer crowds. However, this year we have so many places we want to see that we are not slowing down anytime soon. Since we started traveling more than 150 days a year, we have experienced some pretty awesome adventures and had a few curve balls thrown our way. Mainly we have had to seek medical care in multiple states while we were on vacation. These situations could have really put a damper on our fun, but thankfully we have learned some lessons early on that kept the good times going even when one of us wasn't feeling our best.
The best lesson we learned was to not get sick in the first place.
This seems so basic and not something you can control, but there are definitely things you can do to achieve this. Since we travel internationally often we love that we can visit a MinuteClinic with our itinerary in hand and their practitioners can provide us with a Pre-Travel Consultation including Malaria prevention medicines, help with motion sickness, Traveler's Diarrhea prevention & Care, Typhoid vaccine and evaluation for Zika after we have traveled.
But what happens if you do get sick on vacation or need to see a practitioner? MinuteClinic has you covered there too.
Before we leave we make sure we have the CVS Pharmacy App downloaded on our phones. It’s easy to locate a MinuteClinic near you to stop in when you’re away from home with the app, and when someone isn't feeling their best, you need everything else in your life to be easy.
I love that you can also use the app or go online to see wait times and hold your place in line so you’re not spending all day waiting. We tend to have one person go in and the others wait in the car so this is a much-appreciated bonus for us.
After forgetting my medication at home while we were across the country in Pennsylvania for a couple of weeks, and then again in Florida for almost a month, we also learned that you can easily use the app to easily transfer prescriptions to a CVS location near wherever you are traveling. This took so much stress off my shoulders at the time and gives me a lot of peace of mind when we are on the road. Since Ash and Em both have asthma, I am always worried that I will forget one of their medications, run out of it, or it will be lost when we are traveling. Knowing that I can transfer their scrips to a local CVS Pharmacy and pop in to pick it up is priceless!
We have experienced both urgent illnesses (hello kidney stones in Palm Springs,) and minor illnesses and injuries (Emmy alone- ear infections, pink eye, infected bug bites) on our trips, and for the minor illnesses and injuries, MinuteClinic has been a less expensive, faster and more convenient alternative to an ER visit for us.
Since MinuteClinic is a retail medical clinic inside more than 1,100 CVS Pharmacy and Target locations, there is a really good chance there is going to be one where you are traveling. They offer walk-in care seven days a week with evening and weekend hours too.
Before your next vacation, or if you need to see a practitioner while you are away, be sure to visit a MinuteClinic to keep your vacation as fun-filled as possible!