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What’s in my travel first aid kit

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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.

What s in my 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.

Sick E

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.

First Aid Travel Kit

Our first aid kit includes:

  • bandages
  • bandage tape
  • adhesive bandages
  • acetaminophen
  • ibuprofen (for adults and Children’s Advil® for ages 2-11)
  • motion sickness medication
  • anti-gas pills
  • upset/sour stomach pills
  • anti-diarrehals
  • antiseptic wipes and foam
  • anti-histamines
  • 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
  • thermometer

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?


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119 Comments

  1. I can’t think of anything else … you pretty much have it covered!

  2. The only thing I would add is tweezers.

  3. Nancy Loring says:

    I also have an eye rinse and cream to help stop itches in my first aid kit.

  4. Pat Chance says:

    That’s a nice first aid kit. Compact and the see thru netting is great.

  5. I would add quick glucose for diabetics in a first aid kit.

  6. Bianca Munoz says:

    Blanket! and Butterfly bandages.

  7. I’m glad you included the burn cream (or aloe vera), because that is very important!

    The kit is already fairly comprehensive. Maybe add anti-itch cream in case of bug bites?

  8. Jennifer Oppel says:

    That’s a fantastic first aid kit. I can’t think of extras but i think always having tissue is great for a lot od things. My son had 9 ear infectionsi n the first year so being ready for anything is great!

  9. kelly tupick says:

    I think you nailed it! I would probably add tweezers.

  10. janetfaye says:

    I would add alcohol wipes.

  11. Margaret Smith says:

    Allergy medicine

  12. Ellie Wright says:

    I would add an ice pack to mine.

  13. shelly peterson says:

    You got a great first aid kit, I cant think of anything to add.

  14. Tee Anderson says:

    We keep an ice pack in ours.

  15. Jason Vaughn says:

    Emergency cash just in case

  16. Lisa Brown says:

    Duct tape and/or Krazy or Super glue for wounds; I use Krazy glue for cuts and it works great.

  17. Jessica To says:

    We add powder to help with chafing.

  18. Steve Weber says:

    I would add an anti-itch cream for mosquito and bug bites.

  19. Bryan Vice says:

    I would add maybe small blanket and band aids

  20. David Hollingsworth says:

    I would add bandages, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, and peroxide, just to name a few.

  21. I would add allergy medicine.

  22. Ann Fantom says:

    I would add Imodium to the first aid kit

  23. paula peterson says:

    I wouldn’t add anything, it looks perfect.

  24. Heather D says:

    I would add some of those little packets of insect bite relief cream. Mosquitos seem to really go for my kids and no matter what deterrant I use they end up with a bite.

  25. Trasina McGahey says:

    Butterfly bandages, water purifier.

  26. Richard Hicks says:

    I would add neosporin to it.

  27. Barbara Lima says:

    Insect repellent

  28. I would add hand sanitizer.

  29. I would add gloves, scissors, Neosporin, Q-tips, tweezers and ice packs.

  30. Jessica Gipson says:

    I would add sterile gloves

  31. Abigail Gibson says:

    I would add more bandages.

  32. It sounds kind of silly but I would add bandaids with emojis, or my kids favorite tv characters on them. It’s amazing how far a good bandaid can go to cheering up a sad toddler!

  33. Susan Christy says:

    I would add some small packs of tissues.

  34. alice minx says:

    We always have a first aid kit and sanitizing wipes. ace bandages are also great for sprains and makeshift splints

  35. Delilah Martin says:

    I would add peroxide and alcohol

  36. I would add something for insect bites ( to take the sting out) and maybe some anti itch cream (ant bites) or antiseptic cream

  37. SHAYNA BROOKMAN says:

    I WOULD AT A SMALL BOTTLE OF WATER 🙂 WATER CAN ALWAYS COME IN HANDY WHEN YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL 🙂

  38. Tari Lawson says:

    I would add moleskin to help prevent blisters.

  39. shelia gwynn says:

    always hand santizer

  40. gloves, Neosporin, benedryl cream, (my daughter always manages to find poison ivy), band aids.

  41. I would add sunscreen

  42. Lauren Michelle Hecker says:

    Bandaids!

  43. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I wouldn’t add anything. I like what you have in it now as it is.

  44. Cynthia C says:

    I always pack a tube of hydrocortisone cream for rashes and insect bites.

  45. Theresa Jenkins says:

    liquid bandage

  46. Susan Smith says:

    I can’t think of anything else to add to the first aid kit.

  47. Denise B. says:

    I would also add cotton swabs to the first aid kit.

  48. Julie Bickham says:

    I would add motion sickness medicine for my daughter. You never know!

  49. I’d add Tea tree essential oil.
    Thanks for the contest.

  50. Jennifer M says:

    I know it may seem strange, but trust me when I say that Q-Tips DEFINITELY come in handy! Perfect for those hard to reach cuts/scrapes, tiny lacerations, to apply neosporin or antiseptic, and great for those ear problems.

  51. I’d add tea tree oil since it works so fast and well on insect bites, burns, and poison ivy.

  52. I would add an instant cold pack.

  53. susan smoaks says:

    i would add some aloe vera for sunburns. it would come in handy.

  54. Christie T says:

    I keep a blanket in the car and some water as well.

  55. Dan Dykstra says:

    There are a couple essential oils I would put in my kit.

  56. Joseph Stowell says:

    Your list is pretty complete, but I would add something for bug bites, such as a hydrocortisone cream and perhaps some aloe gel.

  57. Your list looks great. I would add some cloths like wash cloths, u o so you could use those when you needed.

  58. Ashley Arredondo says:

    looks good!

  59. Angela Thorpe says:

    I would add some Aloe products

  60. Danielle Wood says:

    Some aloe, we all get sunburned quite easily. Also some healing ointment, its great for preventing your legs from hurting when they rub together

  61. Sarah Hayes says:

    I would add a small water bottle

  62. I would add tweezers. Can use for splinters and tick removal…just a couple of things.

  63. I would add a little bottle of peroxide for cleaning cuts.

  64. Stephanie Larison says:

    Some kind of drink for after the medicine is taken.

  65. I would add bottled water and some snacks to my kit.

  66. Brenda Elsner says:

    I would add peroxide and antibiotic cream.

  67. Tracy Shafer says:

    I would add wipes and kleenex

  68. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    A couple of butterfly bandages. It’ll buy time if the cut is deep and needs stitches. A allergy medicine such as Benadryl is important if any one in the family has allergies.

  69. I would include heartburn meds like tums and eye drops and tweezers.

  70. I would add a small water bottle

  71. Keri justice says:

    I would add a treat or something special to make the kids feel better.

  72. beth shepherd says:

    I would add visine and a water bottle. Thank you

  73. Becky Kinard says:

    I would add a compression bandage and one of the ice packs that you have to squeeze to activate. This would come in handy for sprains.

  74. elizabeth miller says:

    I would add non latex gloves. I would also add neosporin.

  75. Birdie Skolfield says:

    Id add spearmint gum and small water packets

  76. Brittney House says:

    I would put some ice packs in there because they are always soothing to me.

  77. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Maybe some ice packs, some alcohol wipes and a towel.

  78. I’d add a pocket knife and some tweezers.

  79. it sounds silly but i would add water and a good set of tweezers..quality tweezers!

  80. Donna Clifford says:

    lavender essentail oil

  81. I would add alcohol pads. I don’t know how many times when camping I have to search for something to clean battle wounds with.

  82. Vanessa Flores says:

    Add tweezers and tape

  83. Sarah Mayer says:

    I would add tissues and hand sanitizer.

  84. Anita Jude says:

    I would put Ice packs

  85. Cynthia Dawson says:

    Hand sanitizer

  86. Francine Anchondo says:

    Icepack and towels

  87. Kathy Pease says:

    I would add some tweezers for splinters

  88. Alcohol wipes and bandages

  89. I would add some tweezers…my kids are always getting splinters!

  90. barbara butler says:

    ice pack never know when you nay need them

  91. Phalon Bennett says:

    Tweezers and ice pack was my first thoughts and I see lots of others are thinking the same way 🙂

  92. Bug SPRay!!!!!!!!!!!! Coming from skeeter country, you cant have too much

    Thank you

  93. donna porter says:

    Since I am a diabetic I would add Glucose pills in case my sugar drops…

  94. Instant ice packs would be great in there.

  95. t-shirt because the kids usually throw up on themselves and a vomit bag

  96. Jennifer H. says:

    I would add in saline solution because I wear contacts.

  97. I would add in a flash light.

  98. Kayla Klontz says:

    I would add instant ice packs and wipes!

  99. We’d add lots of bandages

  100. small trash bags or large ziplock bags

  101. Amy Deeter says:

    i would add some tissues, a little knife, water bottle, and cold/flu medicine

  102. Jerry Marquardt says:

    Keep a set of portable hand sanitizers on hand while vacationing at all costs.

  103. I would add Neosporin + Pain Relief Dual Action Ointment

  104. Trisha McKee says:

    I would definitely add some wipes.

  105. i would add toilet paper, phone numbers for emergencies, as well as sunblock

  106. Lily Kwan says:

    I would add sunscreen and a flashlight.

  107. I would add flashlight.

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