Make sure routine vaccinations such as DPT (diphtheria-poliotetanus) are up-to-date. Also, depending on your ship's destination, other vaccines may be necessary to keep your family safe. Some countries in the Caribbean, for example, may require a yellow-fever vaccination. You'll be sent information beforehand, so read the packet carefully.
Pack the basics -- a first-aid kit, over-the-counter pain medication, and anything else you or your kid may need.
Avoid sun damage by dressing in protective clothing and using sunscreen regularly. Don't leave the ship without applying insect
repellent. Spray it on 20 minutes after your sunscreen to ward off pesky, disease-carrying bugs.
Foods served on the ship are generally safe, but items purchased on shore may not be. Stick to bottled water and packaged goods.
Large ships are typically a smooth ride, but if your child is prone to motion sickness, book a cabin close to the center of the ship, and pack over-the-counter nausea medication. While on board, don't let him overeat. And if it does get rough, let him lie in bed with his head elevated.
Cruise ships may occasionally house outbreaks of norovirus, a gastrointestinal illness spread through contaminated food and water or close contact with an infected person. Make sure you and your kids wash hands or use a sanitizer frequently.
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