Family Travel First Aid Kit

Accidents and illness are inevitable, especially with active kids. We always do our best to avoid both but still, a well-equipped first aid kit is good to have for any family vacation and essential for more adventurous and remote destinations. Below is a list of the contents of my Family Travel First Aid Kit. 

First, a few helpful tips:

  1. Make a note on your calendar, one week before each trip, to replenish used supplies and replace any expired medications.
  2. Take contents out of their original boxes in order to save space, but remember to keep any important instructions or dose information in the kit.
  3. Sunscreen, bug repellant and hand sanitizer are important to have for most trips but I recommend keeping these in a separate zip-lock or leak-proof plastic bag as they tend to take up a lot of space and I prefer the first aid kit to be as small as possible. If it’s too large, you won’t want to carry it on excursions.
  4. The best first aid kit does not take the place of a good Travel Insurance policy! (That’s an important topic for another day!)


  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellant
  • Hand Sanitizer  (see note about about packing these first 3)
  • Band-aids
  • Gauze pads and gauze roll
  • First aid tape
  • Ace Bandage
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Steri Strips
  • Tweezers
  • Small scissor
  • Digital thermometer (with working batteries!)
  • Any prescription medications your family needs (and a list of your prescriptions in case you lose them or need to get more while traveling)
  • Tylenol for fevers and pain (Children’s and adults)
  • Benadryl for allergic reactions (Children’s and adults)
  • Pedialyte Powder (rehydration solution)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cortisone cream for rashes and itchy bug bites
  • Bonine (motion sickness medication…I prefer this over Dramamine)
  • Duct Tape for really big cuts and blisters (and so many other useful and entertaining purposes

Now, you’re ready for anything. Let’s get planning