When we are on vacation or traveling, one of the hardest things to deal with is sickness. And, we’ve had our fair share. Now, we don’t leave home without our travel first aid kit.
When E was just a few months old, we were traveling to Michigan for my cousin’s graduation party. She wasn’t herself the whole time. By the last day, she started to get a fever. Knowing that we had a 14 hour drive home, we decided to make a trip to urgent care where we learned she had an ear infection. After finally getting some antibiotics and pain reducer (appropriate for her age and weight), she was able to finally take a restful nap in the car. We were ALL relieved.
Ever since that trip, I vowed to not take another vacation without a full first aid kit full of over-the-counter medicines that could treat most of our ailments.
And, I’ve even added to it after subsequent trip to Michigan where our second daughter (7 at the time) cut her foot and ended up needing stitches. Children’s Advil® came in handy for the pain for her after those stitches.
Traveling with kids is fun, but I like to be prepared for sure, especially now that the girls are older and their medicine needs have changed. And to be honest, many of the things in the first aid kid have come in handy for the adults, too.
Our first aid kit includes:
- bandage tape
- adhesive bandages
- ibuprofen (for adults and Children’s Advil® for ages 2-11)
- motion sickness medication
- anti-gas pills
- upset/sour stomach pills
- antiseptic wipes and foam
- cold and cough medicines like Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief (ages 4+) and Children’s Dimetapp Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free (ages 6+)
- burn cream or sunburn cream
First aid kits are handy when traveling because you don’t want to stop when sick gets real. Many times, the convenience of getting them on the road means they will cost a lot more, or they won’t be available at all (for example, cruises have very limited first aid options).
What else would you include in a travel first aid kit?