First Aid Kit for Traveling

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

travel-first-aid-familyIn the summer we try to head to our cottage every weekend to unwind and relax from the hectic week. Although, beautiful and serene, it is also a bit remote. With the nearest pharmacy, hospital or urgent care over 1 1/2 hours away, we learned early on when our first child was born how important it is to have on hand a first aid kit for traveling that includes items you may need in case of emergencies. Having these things even when you are close to medical care is still a good idea! Here is a list of items that I believe every parent/caretaker should have on hand for those moments when a local health food store/pharmacy isn’t available. • First-aid manual • Sterile gauze pads of different sizes • Adhesive tape • Adhesive bandages in several sizes • Elastic bandage • A splint • Antiseptic wipes • Soap • Antibiotic ointment • Antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide) • Hydrocortisone cream (1%) • Acetaminophen and ibuprofen • Extra prescription medications (if the family is going on vacation) • Tweezers • Sharp scissors • Safety pins • Disposable instant cold packs • Calamine lotion • Alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol • Thermometer • Plastic non-latex gloves (at least 2 pairs) • Flashlight and extra batteries • A blanket • Mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be obtained from your local Red Cross) • Your list of emergency phone numbers Now, I know that is a lot. But it’s better to be prepared than not to have it. I also add the following to items to my kit: • Arnica montana 30C (homeopathic remedy indicated for trauma and bruising) • Ledum pelsutre 30C (homeopathic remedy indicated for puncture wounds) • Aloe vera gel (topical for sunburn and other burns) • Calendula cream or gel (minor burns, scrapes and skin irritations) • Benadryl - children’s (for allergic reactions) • Probiotics (good for stomach upset) • Pedialyte or Emergen-C for kids (to prevent dehydration if vomiting and diarrhea occur) Keep in mind that these are for emergenicies. I like to deal with general stomach issues and allergies on a more holistic level, but if your child starts to swell up after being bit by a bug, for example, a dose of Benadryl can help ease the allergic reaction until you get him or her to a doctor. Happy travels and stay healthy! Photo from here, with thanks.