Advertisement
Travel

First-aid kit essentials for family travel

Whether you're camping close to home or travelling abroad, these 12 essentials may come in handy for minor aches and pains.

By Sydney Loney

First-aid kit essentials for family travel

Photo: iStockphoto

First-aid kit essentials for family travel – new size

Anti-nausea medications

Travel may be fun, but motion sickness isn’t. Keep anti-nausea medication on hand for stomach upsets.

A little girl and boy sitting in a canoePhoto: iStockphoto

Antihistamines

Allergic reactions range from no fun at all to life-threatening. Make sure you’re prepared for both known and unknown allergies by packing antihistamines.

First-aid kit essentials for family travelPhoto: iStockphoto

Advertisement

Ginger capsules

Ginger capsules are a science-approved natural remedy for motion sickness and seasickness.

First-aid kit essentials for family travelPhoto: iStockphoto

Oral rehydration solution

In case of diarrhea, make sure you have something on hand to replenish and rehydrate the body. Oral rehydration solution is a simple fix to take with you.

First-aid kit essentials for family travelPhoto: iStockphoto

Ibuprofin or acetaminophen

Pain or fever can quickly strip the fun and relaxation from any holiday, so make sure to pack pain and fever relievers, ibuprofin or acetaminophen.

First-aid kit essentials for family travelPhoto: iStockphoto

Advertisement

Hand sanitizer and wipes

Public restrooms and campground washrooms are sometimes short on soap, so bring quick-fix alternatives for hand-cleaning: hand sanitizer and wipes.

First-aid kit essentials for family travelPhoto: iStockphoto

Insect repellent

For children ages two to 12, make sure their insect repellent contains no more than 10 percent DEET and apply no more than three times daily. For children from six months to two years, apply only once daily. No DEET level is safe for kids less than six months old. Icaridin-based repellents (at a concentration of up to 20 percent) are also a good choice for kids six months to 12 years.

First-aid kit essentials for family travelPhoto: iStockphoto

Antibiotic ointment

For minor cuts and burns that come with outdoor adventures, keep some antibiotic ointment in your travel first-aid kit.

First-aid kit essentials for family travelPhoto: iStockphoto

Advertisement

Rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is a handy antiseptic that also relieves the sting of a jellyfish.

First-aid kit essentials for family travelPhoto: iStockphoto

Bandages

Bandages are handy for cuts and scrapes, or even to use to make a splint.

Child putting on bandagePhoto: iStockphoto

Sunscreen

Sunscreen can be more expensive in other countries, so take along your favourite brand from home to ensure the family is protected from sunburns. Here are the best sunscreens for kids

First-aid kit essentials for family travelPhoto: iStockphoto

Advertisement

Thermometer

In the case of an unexpected fever, having a thermometer on hand means you can easily monitor any temperature that starts creeping up.

First-aid kit essentials for family travelPhoto: iStockphoto

Read more: 
How to travel safely with your family
6 perils of camping
Your ultimate guide to the most common kid illnesses

This article was originally published on Apr 02, 2017

Weekly Newsletter

Keep up with your baby's development, get the latest parenting content and receive special offers from our partners

I understand that I may withdraw my consent at any time.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement