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Sick Just Got Real on Your Summer Trip

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

So many families are traveling during the summer, whether it is to go see family and friends are taking a trip to amusement parks, National Forests, just for fun, or moving. What does this mean? Typically it means coming in contact with lots of people you don’t know. This goes for kids too. For those that may realize this is just like when a child first starts back at school, there are those unlucky few that get sick that first week that it starts because of all those germs coming in contact with them.  How many of you have either ended up sick on a trip or had a child that did? Have you dealt with Sick Just Got Real during your trips?

I’m over here raising my arm back and forth. It never fails that someone gets sick on a trip, especially myself. According to the CDC the summer flu is one that typically gets active during the summer. If you suffer from the flu be prepared. Here are a few steps you can take to help you stay healthy this summer while visiting other places. Don’t forget to check out the sick hacks either.

  1. Always wash your hands.
  2. Avoid close contact. All that hugging of strangers and shaking hands can actually cause you to catch a cold.
  3. Cover your cough and/or sneeze wth a tissue and promptly throw it in the trash.
  4. Wipe down grocery cart handles before you touch them.
  5. Drink plenty of water.
  6. If you are the person sick, stay in your hotel and open a window to let the clean air in. If you are at home, stay indoors so YOU don’t spread it.

This year as you begin your travels you may want to pack your own little Sick Kit on the Go for your car. I keep one handy whenever we travel now because I know someone is going to get sick, have an allergy or even get car sick. I figure with my little box in the car if someone gets sick we don’t have to run to the store in the middle of the night.

What do you keep in the Sick Kit? I would suggest to keep it simple but somewhat fun in case little ones get sick on the trip and are stuck in hotel rooms.

Children’s medicine such as Children’s Advil, Robitussin, and Dimetapp. I’d also recommend a thermometer, ice pack, cough drops, tea, honey and a few toys, a stuffed animal to keep kids entertained. Children’s coloring books, crayons and short books to read.  Now as I stated before I already have a Sick Kit I just switch things out when I’m traveling with it.

·         Ease those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®*, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief (among OTC pain relievers) with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.

·         For your child’s cough, trust Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief to control and relieve symptoms all-day or all- night. Available in grape or orange flavor, for children ages 4 and up. Please note, certain Children’s Robitussin® products are only suitable for children ages 6 and up.

·         Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free eases your child’s stuffy and runny nose, while quieting a bothersome cough. All in a great-tasting grape flavor that’s dye-free, for children ages 6 and up.

All of this can be purchased at Target! Make sure you have a great summer and not one full of colds.  As always when it deals with your child remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use as directed. For more sick advice head on over to Sick Just Got Real‘s facebook page.

208 thoughts on “Sick Just Got Real on Your Summer Trip

  1. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    I always take a children’s pain reliever and some children’s cold medicine. I love that this is dye-free.

  2. Margaret Smith says:

    I always bring along Children’s Advil. I also keep a bucket in our trunk. (Learned from experience.)

  3. Margaret Smith says:

    I learned how to make a Sick Day Dose Tracker. Love the hacks that they show.

  4. When my family goes on vacations and have to get on a plane, we always bring anti-vomit medicine.

    P.S I accidentally hit enter too early and didn’t put my mailing address in the freebie entry. I check my email fairly frequently though, so I hope it won’t be a problem if I win

  5. I don’t take anything. I don’t have children.

  6. Some cold and or cough medicene or a combination of the two.

  7. Brittney House says:

    I bring lots of wet wipes to avoid anyone catching a cold.

  8. jeremy mclaughlin says:

    Usually have childrens advil on hand.

  9. Ann Fantom says:

    I always travel with Children’s Advil.

  10. shelly peterson says:

    I make sure to have Children’s Advil.

  11. shelly peterson says:

    I learned they have sick hacks on the site. I like the Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box idea.

  12. Danielle Wood says:

    I always make sure to have tissues, childrens medicine and hand sanitizer!

  13. Ann Fantom says:

    I learned Dimetapp is grape flavored because most children prefer grape to other flavors

  14. I always bring children’s Advil with me. It’s great for a cold, headache or other issues.

  15. I always travel with the Childrens Advil and the Children’s Robitussin.

  16. I learned that smart carbs like whole grains and fruits can help fight depression.

  17. Michelle Donovan says:

    I try to bring some children’s pain reliever and/or cold medicine just in case.

  18. always have childrens advil

  19. I alway take Advil in my purse where ever I go in case someone gets sick.

  20. Kyl Neusch says:

    I don’t take anything. don’t have children.

  21. I don’t use anything. Don’t have kids as yet

  22. No kids. I bring tylenol. And essential oils.
    Thanks for the contest.

  23. angela smith says:

    I always bring aspirin and some cough medicine with me cause my kids get sick often

  24. Rebecca Graham says:

    I bring childrens cold meds.

  25. I bring Children’s Tylenol 🙂

  26. I learned that the infant or children’s Advil can provide up to 8 hours of relief in just one dose

  27. Joseph Gersch says:

    i bring cough medicine

  28. Cynthia C says:

    I always -packed decongestant in my suitcase just in case.

  29. Cynthia C says:

    I learned that Children’s Robitussin® Cough Long-Acting* controls and relieves your child’s cough for up to 8 hours.

  30. asparin

  31. Lisa Brown says:

    I bring ibuprofen

  32. amy stonger says:

    I always have cough syrup and Tylenol.

  33. Chrissy Malave says:

    I always bring children’s Advil with me as well as plenty of tissues.

  34. I always bring Tylenol and Ibuprofen

  35. I would bring Tylenol.

  36. I actually have never brought medicine on a trip for the kids! I may need to consider doing that though!

  37. Crystal F says:

    I’m bad because I don’t bring anything. I should because I have had to make a few emergency trips to the pharmacy though.

  38. Dan Dykstra says:

    We usually don’t take any medicine with us as we travel. If the need arises we would go to a pharmacy.

  39. Jessica To says:

    I try to bring Advil or ibuprofen on all of our trips.

  40. I always bring cough medicine and ibuprofen!

  41. We always take some children’s Advil just in case. We also keep tissues in the cars, diaper bags, suitcases, etc.

  42. Julie Wood says:

    I make sure to have tylonel, cough syrup, and tissues.

  43. Julie Wood says:

    I learned how to make a Sick Day Dose Tracker. Love the hacks that are at this site!

  44. Kristyn M. says:

    I always bring Children’s Advil on trips.

  45. I bring advil.

  46. I bring Children’s Advil on the trip.

  47. I learned to make Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box.

  48. Nancy Loring says:

    I always have aspirin and tissues stocked for if anyone gets sick.

  49. I always bring tissue.

  50. I bring Advil just in case.

  51. Jessica Gipson says:

    Children Advil is always in my bag.

  52. I travel with Robitussin just in case

  53. I always bring children’s tylenol.

  54. Carly Williams says:

    We always bring cough drops.

  55. I bring pain reliever and an antihistamine just in case we need them.

  56. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I always bring along children’s pain relief/fever reducer. The times I haven’t I have regretted it.

  57. RenahdaD. says:

    I always bring a thermometer and tylenol for children just in case.

  58. We always take medicine!

  59. I learned how to make a sneeze and stow box!

  60. Leslie Davis says:

    pain reliever

  61. Monique Seifullin says:

    I learned how to identify EW…lol

  62. Denise B. says:

    We have never brought any medication while away on trips. Medication, for us, is usually a last resort.

  63. One thing we always bring is a vomit bucket, but that is more for motion sickness than cold or flu.

  64. paige chandler says:

    I always have children’s aspirin with me

  65. paige chandler says:

    I learned I can buy online at Amazon

  66. ellen beck says:

    I bring baby aspirin it seems to help a hole lot when she isnt feeling well.

  67. ellen beck says:

    I learned that there is a place on the site where you can ‘track the sick’ which is pretty neat so you can tell if it is heading your way!

  68. tina bartunek says:

    We usually always have Tylenol with us when we travel.

  69. Kelly Kimmell says:

    I always bring along Children’s Advil & some Children’s Tylenol just in case.

  70. Kelly Kimmell says:

    I learned how to make a sneeze & stow tissue box.

  71. Kimmy Ripley says:

    We love to eat healthy to avoid the sickies!

  72. I bring tissues, hand sanitizer and OTC pain reliever

  73. I learned how to make the Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box

  74. susan smoaks says:

    i bring a first aid kit with all sorts of over the counter medications just in case we need them.

  75. Samantha M says:

    I always bring children’s Advil and Boogie wipes just in case.

  76. I have a first aid kit that has meds in it

  77. Jennifer H. says:

    I make sure that I have antihistamine and nasal decongestant.

  78. I always take Children’s Advil on trips with the kids just in case they get sick.

  79. Jennifer H. says:

    I learned about the Sneeze and Stow Kleenex box.

  80. I went to the site and I learned that you can find where the products are sold near you.

  81. Susan Smith says:

    I always bring children’s Advil with me on trips.

  82. The sneeze and stow away box is cool.

  83. Susan Smith says:

    I learned they have a Sick Sense Relief Finder where you can put in your child’s age and symptoms and they recommend a product.

  84. I don’t have kids but my brother brings Children’s Advil for my niece!

  85. My wife always brings antihistamine and nasal decongestant.

  86. I learned that Children’s Advil is available in 6 flavors: white grape, blue raspberry, bubble gum, grape, and berry.

  87. David Hollingsworth says:

    I don’t have children, But if I did, I would make sure to have lots of children’s medicine at hand.

  88. David Hollingsworth says:

    I learned how to make a sneeze and stow tissue box.

  89. I always take Tylenol.

  90. Sarah Hall says:

    I carry aspirin, cold meds and something for a upset tummy, just in case.

  91. Tiffany Lane says:

    benadryl or dimetapp

  92. Tiffany Lane says:

    love the sneeze box

  93. Sarah Bihms says:

    I just came back from vacation and we brought infant ibuprofen!

  94. Richard Hicks says:

    We make sure to have tylenol for kids

  95. Richard Hicks says:

    I learned to Never give your child two or more medicines at the same time that have the same active ingredient.

  96. children tylenol

  97. I always bring tylenol or advil.

  98. I learned that children tend to get more colds per year than adults.

  99. Fever is associated with a wide variety of causes. Fever in children is most often due to bacterial or viral infections, such as the common cold, the flu, an ear infection, or sore throat.

  100. John Sweeney says:


  101. Cough syrup and Tylenol.

  102. Angelica Dimeo says:

    I bring children’s tylenol

  103. I bring a thermometer and children’s tylenol.

  104. Sandra Preti says:

    Advil, cough drops and a cold compress!

  105. amanda whitley says:

    i always bring tylenol and cough medicine on trips.

  106. Jenny Scheldberg says:

    Lactaid for mys stepdaughter and Advil for my husband.

  107. I don’t have young children anymore but I do take a mini first kit that also contains Tylenol, cold medicine.

  108. Kathleen Richardson says:

    I always take a children’s pain reliever and fever reducer.

  109. Kathleen Richardson says:

    I learned to never give your child two or more medicines at the same time that have the same active ingredient.

  110. I don’t normally carry cold meds but I do carry allergy meds and aspirin.

  111. Dana Marie Germain says:

    Don’t carry cold medicine with me but I always have tissues and Vicks and I love this these are due free

  112. I usually just bring aspirin and ginger drops in case somebody gets nauseous

  113. Pain reliver is always good.

  114. I always make sure I have Children’s Tylenol or Children’s Advil when traveling.

  115. Jessica Naca says:

    We always have a bag for the kids with Childrens Tylenol and Advil. We keep wound care items too. Thanks for the great post and giveaway.

  116. wen budro says:

    I bring pain relievers, cold and flu relievers, kleenex, and cough drops.

  117. We bring tissues and extra money!

  118. Erin Daly says:

    I always bring our own thermometer. Tylenol and Advil are easy enough to pick up at a drug store, but having to buy a new thermometer isn’t as easy.

  119. Steve Weber says:

    Some cold and or cough medicene or a combination of the two.

  120. I always have tylenol and allergy medicine on hand.

  121. Thank you for the giveaway. I try to keep hand sanitizer, tissues, allergy medicine, and pain reliever’s with me when we go on trips.

  122. I keep baby Tylenal in the bag for the baby.

  123. Hot glue for slip free socks, how smart!

  124. Jennifer L says:

    Advil and hand sanitizer

  125. I bring Traditional Medicines Cold Care Tea and Honey. The honey cuts the cough like cough syrup and can be given to kids age 2 and older. The various teas help with cough, sore throat and breathing easier overall.

  126. Teach kids how to sneeze into their elbow to cut down on the spread of germs. You can also make a portable tissue box to be prepared for when the sneezies attack.

  127. I bring Tums.

  128. I learned how to make a Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box

  129. alice minx says:

    It seems like no matter what time of year we travel, someone always gets sick the day we arrive at our destination.. 🙁

  130. I usually bring Tylenol cold in case my son gets sick while on vacation or on a trip.

  131. Kimberly Matlack says:

    We take Children’s Advil everywhere we go.

  132. Kimberly Matlack says:

    I learned that you can put in your child’s age and how they are feeling and they will tell you the best medicine for him/her.

  133. They have Sick Hacks which are fun.

  134. Dimetapp is something that is always handy to have when traveling! Also a good idea to have paper towels and wet wipes for the car.

  135. Lisa Brown says:

    I learned there are sick hacks on the web site

  136. Tari Lawson says:

    I bring Advil in case we get sick.

  137. Cynthia Schmied says:

    We Take Along extra towels, tissues and wipes.

  138. SHAYNA BROOKMAN says:


  139. we always have children’s tylenol

  140. Julie Terry says:

    When we travel I always bring a simple first aid kit, a fever reducer/pain reliever and motion sickness meds, also bring tissues and wipes.

  141. Julie Terry says:

    From the website I saw that they have a option to help you choose what is the right medication for you child’s symptoms, which is cool.

  142. morrighan crowe says:

    Raw organic honey and apple cider vinegar.

  143. Jennifer Cervantes says:

    I always bring Tylenol and cold medicine when we go on trips, with 5 kids it seems we always need one or the other on road trips.

  144. Virginia H says:

    We take children’s Advil

  145. Tissues and wet wipes–needed for emergency clean-ups, and if need anything else, our travels are not far away from stores to pick up what else might be needed.

  146. Didn’t really learn anything new–after 2 kids, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, as well as being a retired RN, everything seemed pretty much common sense to me.

  147. Theresa Jenkins says:

    I have a small bag ready to go with Ibuprofen and Tylenol along with Children’s Allergy and Sinus

  148. Theresa Jenkins says:

    Learned how to make a >>Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box

  149. Breanna Pollard says:


  150. A thermometer and some Advil or Tylenol.

  151. Sandra Preti says:

    I learned they have a “track the sick” feature on their website…sort of eerie and cool!

  152. Sheila K. says:

    I like to keep paper towels in the car!

  153. the sneeze and stow tissue box hack was pretty awesome. I will be using this for my kids and me and my husband when a icky cold comes along.

  154. Mary Cloud says:

    I don’t take anything with me – I just pick something up if I need it.

  155. Gabrielly says:

    I always take a children’s pain reliever.

  156. Gabrielly says:

    I learned how to make a Sick Day Dose Tracker.

  157. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I don’t bring anything with me, but if the kids get sick we hit the first pharmacy that we see.

  158. Leah Shumack says:

    I bring Tylenol and Kleenex with me almost everywhere. If we were on vacation we’d go to the store and purchase what we’d need!

  159. I bring a thermometer and meds.

  160. They have instructions on how to make a Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box on their website.

  161. Rhonda Fuller says:

    Benadryl is a must and tissues

  162. Amanda Hoffman says:

    I made sure I had a thermometer and baby Tylenol

  163. Tissues – helps with runny noses!

  164. Kristen Joiner says:

    thermometer definitely but also soup packets. It may not help but it’s become tradition that if you’re sick you get soup.

  165. Kristen Joiner says:

    I learned about the Sneeze & Stow tissue box on the website. What a neat idea.

  166. Wipes, drinks, trash bag and children dose medicine.

  167. I always bring Get Better Pops in case of a sore throat!

  168. Tracy Shafer says:

    Childrens Advil is a must have.

  169. I always bring a little first aid kit that includes a thermometer and medicine whenever we go on a trip. I also have a portable humidifier that uses a water bottle that I like to bring as well.

  170. I found out that they have a “Sick Sense Relief Finder” which is a way to help determine what your child may be sick with. I have three littles under 8 years, so I would definitely use this!

  171. Anita Jude says:

    I don’t bring anything but if they do get sick I take them to the Dr

  172. Bryan Vice says:

    We always bring Children’s Tylenol just in case. As matter of fact were going on a trip tomorrow and I’ve got to pack it tonight!!

  173. Michelle C says:

    We always bring tissues and Tylenol.

  174. Bryan Vice says:

    I learned about the sick day dose calendar I’ve never thought about that but thats a good way to keep track of the end day to take the meds and make sure about the dosage

  175. Michelle C says:

    There’s great instructions for making a Sick Day Dose Tracker on the website!

  176. I always bring a small batch of pills so i don’t have to pack the whole bottle, like tylenol and emergenC

  177. Rachel Freer says:

    I always bring Tylenol, just in case.

  178. elizabeth P says:

    I have a four pack that I always carry tylenol, wipes, robitussin, and a couple of pedialyte powders. If someone gets sick at night and there aren’t any open stores or pharmacys I can treat until something opens.

  179. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I always bring childrens advil for fever and pain and benedryl for allergies!!

  180. Janine Hwang says:

    I always bring Advil or Tylenol

  181. i always have sunblock and tissues as well as a mini first aid kitW

  182. Shari Klyn says:

    We always bring medicines with us when we go on a trip.

  183. Michelle H. says:

    I bring Children’s Tylenol.

  184. We always bring Tylenol or Advil (kid strength), Benedryl, & saline nasal spray just in case !

  185. We always bring children’s Advil.

  186. Trisha Musgrave says:

    I normally make sure to have a thermometer on hand, I actually have one in my purse. I also keep Tylenol around as well!

  187. sherry fowler says:

    always take allergy meds with me on vacay just for little flare ups

  188. LeAnn Harbert says:

    I take a fever reducer and allergy medicine.

  189. LeAnn Harbert says:

    You can enter your kids symptoms and they’ll recommend what you should give them.

  190. brittany marie thompson says:

    Children’s Advil!

  191. Katherine S says:

    We always bring childrens Tylenol and motrin

  192. Antibacterial wipes and a neti pot.

  193. Carolyn Daley says:

    We usually have Advil and hand sanitizer on hand.

  194. Laurie Nykaza says:

    I bring Tylenol with us and hand cleaner to use when were out and about.

  195. Trisha McKee says:

    We usually take tissues and children’s medicine just in case.

  196. Allyson Tice says:

    I always have their insurance cards and a thermometer!!

  197. Buddy Garrett says:

    I always bring along a children’s medical kit.

  198. Buddy Garrett says:

    I learned how to make a Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box.

  199. Amy Deeter says:

    I bring them tissues,blankets,and medicine with us

  200. We always bring cough drops

  201. Amy Deeter says:

    I learned on the site that you can save up to $3.50

  202. Besides fever reducer I bring Boogie Wipes. The kids love that they don’t irritate their noses and I love that they clean everything and smell good!

  203. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I bring enough tissues, but in the small, carry-on packages.

  204. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I learned some really great hacks to make getting sick a better place.

  205. Laurie Nykaza says:

    Dimetapp is grape flavored because most children prefer grape!

  206. There’s something about traveling that always brings out the sickness, right? Nothing will ruin summer travel like a sick kid. Be prepared for your next Sick Just Got Real™ moment this summer by taking along some essentials.

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