While travelling, don’t forget about health issues and create your own travel bag for common medical emergencies.
– Your regular basis medications plus extra in case the return home is delayed.
– Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin to relieve headaches, pain, fever, and simple sprains or strains.
– Antihistamines to relieve allergies
– Antacid medicine
– Antinausea or motion sickness medicine
– Antibacterial hand wipes or an alcohol-based hand cleaner
– Bandages of varying sizes;
– Elastic wraps to wrap wrist, ankle, knee, and elbow injuries
– Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection in cuts, scrapes, and burns
– Hydrogen peroxide to clean and disinfect wounds
– Disposable, instant-activating cold packs to cool injuries and burns, as well as for use in strains and sprains
– Disposable rubber gloves to protect hands and reduce risk of infection when treating wounds
– Thermometer to take temperatures in case of illness
– Calamine lotion to relieve itching and irritation from insect bites and poison ivy
– Hydrocortisone cream to relieve irritation from rashes
– Sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher
– Aloe gel for sunburns
– Insect repellent. Do not use insect repellant on infants 2 months of age or younger.)
– Over-the-counter medicine for diarrhea
– Cough and cold medicines
Make sure children cannot get into the first-aid bag; use child safety caps whenever possible. Check expiration dates and discard medicine that is out-of-date.