First aid kits are one of those things most people don’t think about until they need one, but all it takes is a little bit of forethought and you’ll have everything you need to keep your adventures safe and fun. Kits can be purchased in pre-packed backpacks and cases but even these no doubt need some personal additions. Here are some tips on things to pack in a first aid kit for your family’s adventures.
Most pain killers have similar qualities (like the ability to bring down fevers and inflammation) but many people respond better to some over others. Pack aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and any other pain killers that you have access to.
Anti-itching creams, topical antihistamines, and topical antibiotics can feel like a blessing during a spell of poison ivy or insect bites.
Include medicines like Dramamine and Pepto-Bismol for nausea, Imodium for diarrhea, and laxatives for constipation. Pedialyte can help restore hydration after a round of stomach illness, while probiotics can help to restore the stomach’s ecosystem.
Cold, Flu, and Allergy Relief
Cough syrups, cough drops, and throat sprays are a must when dealing with colds. Antihistamines and sinus sprays can control the misery of an allergy attack.
Daily Medications and Info
Contraception, insulin, mental health medication, EpiPens, and more, are medicines that those who take them literally cannot live without. Include instructions on dosage and drug interactions, as well as the necessary prescriptions from your physician.
Gauze and Bandages
Include gauze rolls and large patches, plus bandages of many sizes.
Don’t forget tissue, toilet paper, child and adult diapers, and menstrual products like tampons and maxi pads. In a pinch any of these items can be used to stop the flow of blood.
Here’s a short list of other tools and items to include:
Flashlight and batteries
Lastly, always have hard copies of translation booklets and maps on hand. For whatever reason, you may not be able to use a cell phone to get directions or to speak with the locals.
Follow these tips and have a fun, safe family vacation!