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As if you couldn’t tell, we love to travel. Jason and I are seasoned travelers and are training our little trio to be calm and cool adventurers. Aside from our extensive pleasure traveling, Jason travels for work nearly every month and lately I have been doing a lot of traveling for work, too—so needless to say we are always ready to go-go-go.
From early on the kids have been excited to travel. They pack their little carry-ons efficiently, don’t whine for early morning take-offs and they breeze through security—and from the moment we are wheels-up they can be such a pleasure. It wasn’t always like this, but through the years and many vacations later we have learned to be prepared for just about anything.
Besides a flight delay here and there or a rainy beach day there isn’t much that has gotten in the way of our fun. But we have discovered that one of the most typical hitches you are likely to encounter is gastrointestinal problems. It doesn’t even have to be something as serious as food poisoning—a simple stomach upset can ruin a good time.
It is very easy for Jason and I to just watch what we eat and drink, especially in a foreign country, but the kids are so much harder to police. On our last family trip Gemma had an intense gastrointestinal bout that really made me nervous. She either drank the water or ate something that didn’t agree with her. Luckily there was no fever or severe food poisoning alarm but she definitely experienced all the typical gastrointestinal symptoms. My first line of defense was to break out the only remedy that I trust to help fix stomach troubles, Pepto-Bismol. Those trusty pink tablets (and liquid) have saved the day on more occasions than I’d like to admit.
Pepto-Bismol can be used to provide relief for the 5 different (vacation ruining) symptoms including nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach and diarrhea. You basically take Pepto-Bismol as soon as you start to experience any symptoms and it provides a protective coating on the stomach lining that soothes irritation and gives fast relief. I always pack plenty Pepto-Bismol tablets in my first aid kit when we travel—especially if we are traveling out of the country.
We have several big trips on the docket this summer so I plan to stock up on the magic pink relief for the whole family. Pepto-Bismol is a travel essential but it is also great to have on-hand at home for when anyone experiences stomach issues caused by a virus or bacteria.
Pepto-Bismol comes in several products, Original Liquid (this is Jason’s go-to because he is a purist), Chewable Tablets (these are perfect for air travel if you don’t plan to check bags) and Max Strength Liquid (I like this one because I am pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new foods and if mom is down for the count with GI issues—the party is over). I always like to be prepared—as you know.