When Sick Gets Real on Road Trips – Frugal Novice

When Sick Gets Real on Road Trips


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

I’ll never forget a particular road trip we took to Fort Worth, Texas a little over six years ago. We drove in for the day to attend an event and planned to just drive back late that same night, so we decided we didn’t really need to bring much with us. J was almost 4, and C was a little over 2, so we didn’t even have to bring a huge diaper bag with us – we just brought a few diapers and a pack of wipes and thought we were good to go!

We made it through the day without incident, and decided to grab dinner before we hit the road. Brian was holding C as we waited to order, and then… sick got real. It got real all over C and ALL over Brian. The amazing employees told us they would handle clean up, but then we were left to figure out how to clean up Brian & C. We hadn’t brought any clothes, so we had to run to the store to buy replacement clothes, paper towels, a bucket, and some Children’s Advil® for his fever that seemed to pop up out of nowhere!

I won’t lie, that night was pretty rough (especially for Brian, who bore the brunt of the … sick – ew!). We’re so thankful we were near a Target and could run in for the supplies we needed, but we also learned how important it is to be prepared.

Whether it’s a day trip or a long cross-country trek we always travel with basic kids’ medicine. Children’s Advil®, Children’s Dimetapp®, Children’s Robitussin® are great to have on hand so that if sick gets real, you’re ready!

  • Children’s Advil® is a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11 to ease aches and pains & to bring down fevers. Children’s Advil® comes in several flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape (our kids’ favorite!) 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.
  • Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief is awesome to have on hand for controlling and relieving symptoms all day and 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.

Before you go: Enter this great giveaway for your chance to get a $25 virtual VISA gift card and Children’s Advil®, Children’s Dimetapp®, Children’s Robitussin® so you can be prepared for when sick gets real in your house!

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  • Reply Jammie July 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Love the sick kit, I need to get one of these for the house and the car.

  • Reply heather July 24, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I just love the Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box hack that is a good one.

  • Reply Kimberly Hilbert July 25, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I guess the sneeze and stow tissue box is a cute hack. However, we just have stations at our house. At the stations (end tables, desk, bedrooms) are tissue box, cute small garbage can, and hand sanitizer.

  • Reply Amity J July 25, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box hack IS A WINNER IN MY EYES!

  • Reply Kelly D July 25, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I like the Slip-Free Sick Socks hack.

  • Reply marina July 26, 2017 at 9:37 am

    The slip free socks sound great, really comfortable and useful.

  • Reply Lanicsha Wynn July 26, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    I love the Sick Kit

  • Reply Chrissy July 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I love the sick kid sip and track – I feel like it makes getting enough fluids a game!

  • Reply Anne Higgins July 26, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    We have a similar hack to the sneeze and stow tissue box – Always good to toss the germs in an enclosed area.

  • Reply Wendy R. July 26, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Actually, the Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box is a great idea! The used tissues do seem to pile up when someone has a runny nose, and end up everywhere.

  • Reply Marty July 27, 2017 at 11:05 am

    The sip-and-track water bottle is my favorite. I always have a hard time getting the kids to drink enough water, even when they aren’t sick. They just want milk.

  • Reply cyndi br July 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I like the slip free sick socks

  • Reply Kristen Joiner July 27, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I like the slip free socks and the sneeze and stow tissue box. Both would be very useful.

  • Reply Bridgett Wilbur July 28, 2017 at 5:37 am

    I love the sick kit..You never can be to prepared for an emergency.

  • Reply Becca July 28, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I love the slip free sick socks. Those would be so nice!

  • Reply Sara Wainwright July 29, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    The sick kit. I have a sick drawer in my room, haha.

  • Reply Susan Christy July 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    The Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box is genius!!

  • Reply Erica B. July 29, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Sneeze & Stow box!

  • Reply Amber Cheras July 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    The sneeze and stow tissue box is my favorite sick hack!

  • Reply Jill Rivera July 30, 2017 at 11:48 am

    sneeze-stow-tissue-box is a great idea. I usually hand my sick kid a box of tissue and a plastic bag. It is easy to fine the empty tissue box for the used tissue, and a plastic bag.

  • Reply Susan Smith July 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I like the Slip-Free Sick Socks hack.

  • Reply Lisa V. July 31, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I like the slip free socks.

  • Reply Gina M July 31, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    My favorite sick hack is the sick day dose tracker. Very important to keep track of dosage and times.

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  • Reply susan smoaks July 31, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    i drink apple cider vinegar when i think i am getting a sore throat and it knocks the soreness right out

  • Reply Daniel M July 31, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I like the sick kit, looks handy

  • Reply Beverly Sturgeon July 31, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    This is great with school starting soon.

  • Reply Jason Haynes August 1, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Slip free socks seems like a good idea.

  • Reply Amanda lea August 1, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I like the sick kit idea!! We always have ours stocked with vicks and claritin!!

  • Reply Sarah Mayer August 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    My favorite sick hack is the sick day dose tracker.

  • Reply Breanna Pollard August 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm


  • Reply Sarah Hall August 1, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    The sneeze & stow hack was my favorite.

  • Reply Renee Grosskreuz August 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Sneeze and stow tissue box is great for the winter months!

  • Reply latoya August 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I love the slip free sock hack.

  • Reply Ed August 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    The Sneeze and Stow Tissue Box is my item of choice!

  • Reply Shannon August 1, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    I like the Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box idea.

  • Reply Kayla Bennett August 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    The sneeze & stow tissue box is very smart.

  • Reply katie k August 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I like the Sick Kit one!

  • Reply Samantha August 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I like the hack Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box. Genius.

  • Reply Jennifer H. August 1, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I like the sneeze and stow box.

  • Reply John H. August 1, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I think that the sick kit is neat.

  • Reply Abigail Gibson August 1, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I would pick the Sick Kit!

  • Reply Laura Emerson August 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I love the sick kit. I am going to make one for each of my kids.

  • Reply Sandra Preti August 1, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I love the Sick Day Dose Tracker idea–it’s hard to keep track of everything, especially when you’re a caretaker.

  • Reply Stephanie Larison August 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    My fave sick hack is the sick kit, great idea.

  • Reply Tabathia B August 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I like the sick kid sip and track

  • Reply Erin Daly August 1, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I love the sick day dose tracker. I have three kids and they all get sick at the same time. This would really help me keep track of who has taken what medication.

  • Reply Janine Hwang August 1, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    My favorite hack is the Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box

  • Reply Leela August 2, 2017 at 1:20 am

    The Sneeze & Stow Tissue Box.

  • Reply Kelly Grant August 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    I use these for my boy when he gets sick

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