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:
- Make a note on your calendar, one week before each trip, to replenish used supplies and replace any expired medications.
- 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.
- 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.
- The best first aid kit does not take the place of a good Travel Insurance policy! (That’s an important topic for another day!)
GLOBE FAMILY TRAVEL FIRST AID KIT
- Bug Repellant
- Hand Sanitizer (see note about about packing these first 3)
- Gauze pads and gauze roll
- First aid tape
- Ace Bandage
- Alcohol wipes
- Steri Strips
- 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!
SAFE TRAVELS EVERYONE!