on a Cruise
So youíre taking a cruise vacation, and you want to prepare yourself
for a great, worry-free time away from it all. Deciding what to pack
can be hectic. People remember (and forget) all kinds of things, but
one area many people donít consider is that of medical and health supplies.
Itís a little known fact that oftentimes cruise ships are not required
to have any minimums of medical staff or medical equipment on board.
Although emergencies should be left in the hands of the professionals,
you can save yourself a lot of time (and headaches) by preparing yourself
in advance for the little things.
For starters, far too many people boarding cruise ships forget the simplest
thing of all: sunscreen. Sure, if you choose to, you can spend a lot
of your cruise time indoors, but why would you? The views, the sunshine,
and the endless water are all up on deck. Go up and enjoy them, but
donít do it without sunscreen. Not only will it protect you against
the obvious things like skin cancer and sun damage, but it will also
ensure you donít spend half of your vacation lying down with a miserable
case of sun sickness or sunburn! If you do forget your sunscreen, you
can purchase some on board most cruise boats, but itís a lot more economical
to bring your own. Along with sunscreen, donít forget other sun-protecting
items like a wide-brimmed hat, a sheer cover-up or tee-shirt, and lip
balm. Bring some aloe vera in case sunburn does occur, and a box of
baking soda for cooling baths if necessary. These things donít take
up much space in your suitcase, and if you need them youíll be awfully
glad you have them.
The same goes for over-the-counter medications. It goes without saying
that you must remember to bring any prescription drugs you have been
prescribed, but if you bring your own over-the-counters like aspirin,
cold pills, and flu medicine, you will be that much further ahead of
the game. Purchasing these things on board may blow half of your vacation
budget if youíre not careful. Donít forget to bring stomach medication
and perhaps some seasickness tablets. Getting stomach aches on board
is fairly common due to the water and the sunshine- not to mention all
the rich and exotic foods people on vacation tend to eat! Also, if
you do carry prescription medications on board, make sure to keep copies
of all of your prescriptions. Should the need arise either on ship
or in port somewhere, you will want to be able to prove that you have
the prescriptions under a doctorís orders.
Your mother probably told you that an ounce of prevention is worth a
pound of cureÖ well, she was right. Donít leave your health, or the
health of your family, in the hands of someone else. Make sure your
vacation is an enjoyable one by being ready for what may come up. After
all, you wouldnít venture to a foreign city without packing some supplies,
so why would you board a cruise ship without being equally prepared?
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