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Helpful Tips for What to Pack in a Travel First Aid Kit

While we all have visions of sunshine and smiles when we imagine our family vacations, sometimes things go wrong, including someone getting hurt or sick. Even if it’s a minor illness or injury, it’s always a great idea to be prepared while traveling, so today I’m sharing my helpful tips for what to pack in a travel first aid kit. These are just simple and basic things to pack for road trips or adventures to help you cope with minor boo-boos and yucky-yucks.

Heading out on a family vacation? Make sure you bring along a travel first aid kit to help in case someone gets a boo-boo or becomes sick while traveling.

What to pack in your travel first aid kit

Here’s what I pack in our travel first aid kit:

  • Prescribed meds (for us this is our epi-pens)
  • Pain reliever / fever reducer (kids & adults)
  • Thermometer (love this new Kinsa smart thermometer I received at a conference – it plugs into your smartphone to take temps and records a “medical chart” of sorts for each family member; plus it’s so tiny and easy to carry! I even tested it against our other thermometer at it gave the same temps each time +/- .2 degrees)
  • Allergy relief (probably only needed if you have allergies)
  • Hydrocortisone cream / anti-itch cream
  • Acidophilus (start taking this 1-2 weeks before & during your travel; helps your belly adjust to new foods – especially great for kiddos)
  • Nose spray / wipes (these Boogie Wipes come in handy if your kiddos catch a cold or allergies)
  • Tums (these are like magic medicine if my kiddos have an upset stomach while traveling; “want a tums?” “Yes Mommy.”
  • Antibiotic ointment (the spray neosporin is convenient)
  • Bandaids (bonus points if you can get themed ones to match your destination – be sure to pack some waterproof ones if there’s swimming opportunities)
  • Throat lozenges / cough drops (it’s amazing how much our family gets affected by altitude changes and flight air; one of us almost always ends up with a sore throat)
  • Moleskin (plus some mini scissors if possible – for any blisters)
  • Tweezers (for any splinters)
  • Multivitamins
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray

I think that’s about it! Be sure to check out my tips for staying healthy while traveling so that you can try to avoid becoming sick, and always check with your insurance to be sure you’re covered for any serious illnesses while traveling. Comment below to let me know if I missed anything you consider a must for a travel first aid kit!

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Larry Weaver

Monday 6th of November 2017

I appreciate the tip to get Acidophilus for a kit as well as taking it a couple of weeks before traveling to help your stomach adjust. My family is planning on going on a big trip, and I would like to make sure that we have everything we need to take care of ourselves while we're away. We'll have to look at first aid kits that we can get that would match our needs when traveling.

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Saturday 6th of June 2015

I think allergy relief is important even if yiu don't typically have allergies. Histamine reactions can sometimes come out of nowhere especially if you are traveling somewhere new - might not be used to the vegetation in the area.