Top 10 Ocean Voyage Essentials



Always pack your meds in your carry-on bag.
Always pack your meds in your carry-on bag.
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Taking your­ m­edications along is imperative for any vacation, but especially for cruises because you're stuck out at sea. If you have a serious medical condition like diabetes or epilepsy you should alert the cruise line ahead of time. Be sure to bring along your medical identification bracelet or necklace. Also pack prescriptions, vitamins and any over-the-counter meds you may want or need. Also, make sure that you have enough for the entire journey, plus some extra just in case. Some over-the-counter meds you may want to bring along include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Sinus and allergy meds
  • Antihistamines
  • Sleep aids
  • Cough drops
  • Anti-diarrhea meds
  • Antacids

A good way to make sure you have everything you need is to list all medications you've taken in the last two months, and include that in your cruise kit. While you're at it, throw in some Band-Aids for good measure. Last, but certainly not least, if you're a woman using birth control pills, don't forget to bring them along. Otherwise, you may come home with more than a little sunburn. The most important thing to remember with all your meds is to always pack them in your carry-on bag. Never pack them in your checked bags. If they're lost or delayed, you could find yourself in the midst of a medical emergency.