Transderm Scop(R) (scopolamine 1.5 mg) Offers 20 Ways To Prevent Vacation Disaster

Some Savvy Vacation Planning Pointers

From the Experts in Prevention

Jun 01, 1999, 01:00 ET from Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.

    SUMMIT, N.J., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Little things mean a lot --  quite a
 lot -- when it comes to vacation planning.  With prime vacation season just
 weeks away, a few pointers from the Transderm Scop(R) (scopolamine 1.5 mg)
 Travel Advisory Board*, could help avert some potential vacation disasters.
     Friends, honeymooners, and families planning trips need to understand that
 it takes more than a great destination, a good travel agent and a dependable
 guide book to ensure success.  When the unanticipated occurs, dream
 destinations can easily lose their luster -- whether due to a glitch in plans,
 a physical reaction to your new surroundings, or a clash of expectations
 between traveling companions.
     By focusing on four distinct categories before you travel, you will help
 to ensure that your dream destination doesn't become your nightmare.  These
 categories include: making the arrangements, getting there, travel health, and
 managing expectations.
     Making the Arrangements ...
     Whether you're making all the arrangements on your own or working with an
 experienced travel agent, ask plenty of questions.
     -- If prices are lower during the period you want to travel, ask if it's
        because the weather is less than terrific.  Rainy season?  Hurricanes?
        Too cold for the beach?  Know before you go.
     -- Make sure your clothing is appropriate for both the season and
        atmosphere of your destination.  Why spend unnecessary dollars on
        formal wear because you didn't ask first?
     -- Bringing the kids?  Ask about cribs, bed configurations, baby-sitters,
        kids' activities programs, kids' menus, reduced fares/packages, VCRs,
        and videos.  Unwelcome surprises here can turn into the proverbial
     -- Discuss accommodation expectations with your travel companions.  If
        your fantasy is five-star, but your companions would rather economize,
        find a happy medium.  It will save lots of arguments (or unspoken
        resentments) later on.
     -- Discuss expectations and your idea of the perfect vacation with
        traveling companions, even the kids.  If the vacation doesn't offer
        something for everyone, re-think the plan.
     -- If one of you wants to beachcomb while the other wants to boogie board,
        plan to schedule separate activities for part of the day.  Splitting up
        occasionally means everyone goes home having done what they hoped to
     Getting There ...
     -- Pack what you think you really need -- or a little less.  Don't throw
        in a few extra outfits "just in case."  Stick to one or two color
        schemes.  Select shoes thoughtfully -- you don't need a pair for every
        outfit.  You'll appreciate this when you end up carrying your own bags
        because you can't find a porter.
     -- If you're driving to the dock or airport, give yourself plenty of time
        to get there.  Something will probably go wrong if you don't.  If
        you're driving to your destination, or even if you're driving a
        short distance from the airport, get directions first.  Don't think
        you'll be able to "figure it out."
     -- Get seat assignments as far in advance as possible; there's a cutoff
        date, after which you'll be stuck on line waiting for them.  Reconfirm
        flights and seats a couple of days before departure.   Before leaving
        for the airport, reconfirm departure times.  Should the flight be
        delayed, why sit around a terminal for several hours if it can be
     Travel Health...
     -- Nothing can ruin a vacation quicker than physical discomfort.  Travel
        with a complete arsenal of remedies, including those you need to obtain
        by prescription.  Pack all medication in a carry-on bag, just in case
        you and your luggage take different trips.
     -- Plan on getting enough sleep before you depart -- don't stay up past
        midnight packing when you have a 7 a.m. flight.
     -- Whether you're in the air or safely at your destination, don't over-
        indulge in alcohol.  And, of course, never drink and drive.
     -- Cruising, sailing and even flying can cause motion sickness.  Yachting
        around the Greek Islands loses its romantic edge quickly when you're
        hanging over the rail.  One Transderm Scop patch provides up to
        72 hours of protection and has been clinically proven to provide better
        protection from nausea and vomiting than the leading over-the-counter
        remedy.  It's also more convenient than taking pills every 4-6 hours.
     Transderm Scop is a prescription drug that should not be used in children
 or by those with glaucoma, difficulty in urinating, or an allergy to
 scopolamine or other belladonna alkaloids.  In clinical studies of Transderm
 Scop, some side effects were noted, including dryness of the mouth (in
 two-thirds of users), drowsiness (reported incidence:  less than one in six),
 and blurred vision.  While using this product, patients should not drive,
 operate dangerous machinery or do other things that require alertness.
 Patients should avoid using alcohol.  Physicians should exercise special care
 when prescribing this product to the elderly.
     -- It's also important to have sun protection.  Intense sun can take its
        toll by day's end; even hazy days are dangerous.  Full-spectrum
        sunscreen is the most beneficial, particularly newer products
        containing avobenzone.  Also, pack a hat, as well as moisturizers for
        post-sun care.
     -- Don't forget about the potential discomfort and inconvenience of
        diarrhea.  You may be sailing a top-of-the-line cruise ship, but a port
        stop for lunch at the "greatest little seafood shack overlooking the
        lagoon" could change your perspective.  If you leave your ship or
        resort in a hot climate, stick with only bottled beverages, including
        water.  Pack an effective anti-diarrheal remedy.
     -- Bug bites can escalate from annoyance to intense discomfort.  Carry an
        odorless spray or stick with a product containing DEET, and remember to
        apply it before you go out, especially at dusk.  Bring along some
        cortisone cream in case you do forget.
     Managing Traveler Expectations...
     -- If you're the stay-loose-and-improvise type and your traveling
        companions are compulsive planners/doers, your vacation could be
        doomed.  Agree to disagree in advance of your trip.  Plan morning
        activities and keep afternoons open, or plan activities for several
        designated days. Don't waste precious vacation time resolving such
     -- If one or more in your group loves cultural activities -- museums or
        combing historic ruins -- but the interest isn't unanimous, don't drag
        along the unenthusiastic.  Let them do their own thing; everyone will
        be happier.
     -- Looking for love?  You might be looking in all the wrong places if your
        idea of romance doesn't mesh with that of your companion.  If sailing,
        surfing or whitewater rafting is the focal point of your significant
        other's vacation plans but not yours, schedule a few romantic dinners.
     -- Married with children?  Vacations should fulfill a wide range of
        expectations.  Baby-boomers usually choose family-friendly ships and
        resorts, but if there's no adult venue to retreat to, you may want to
        reconsider your choice.  It's quite common to return home feeling out
        of sorts if you haven't had your "grown-up" time.
     Many more travel tips are featured in Transderm Scop's free brochure,
 "Don't Miss the Boat," a cruise travel reference containing a
 before/during/after checklist to help you sail smoothly throughout your
 vacation experience, as well as a $5 rebate coupon.  To obtain a complimentary
 copy, call 1-888-SCOP-72HR or visit
     Transderm Scop is marketed and distributed by Novartis Consumer Health,
     Novartis Consumer Health U.S., headquartered in Summit, New Jersey, is a
 leading consumer pharmaceuticals and foods company.  The division includes
 Novartis OTC (over-the-counter medicines), Gerber Products Company, Novartis
 Medical Nutrition and Novartis Health and Functional Nutrition.  Focusing on
 consumer needs and preferences, each NCH sector provides well-known,
 high-quality products to enhance overall health and well-being for millions of
 American consumers each day.
     Novartis is a world leader in Life Sciences with core businesses in
 Healthcare, Agribusiness, and Consumer Health (Nutrition and Self-Medication).
 In 1998 Novartis Group sales were $21.8 billion, of which $12 billion were in
 Healthcare, $5.8 billion in Agribusiness, and $4 billion in Consumer Health.
 The group annually invests more than $2.6 billion in research and development.
 Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis employs about 82,000 people and
 operates in over 140 countries around the world.  The company's U.S.
 headquarters are located in Summit, New Jersey.
     * The Transderm Scop Travel Advisory Board consults with Novartis Consumer
 Health, Inc. on all matters related to Transderm Scop, travel, and travel
 health.  Its members include Kenneth R. Dardick, M.D., a family physician and
 travel health expert located in Storrs, CT, Anne Campbell, editor in chief of
 Cruise Critic, an area on America Online that helps passengers plan their
 cruises, and Larry Maloney and Edward Siegel, co-owners of Forbes Travel, a
 full-service travel agency located in Pittsburgh, PA.

SOURCE Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.