How to pack a travel first aid kit for families

How to pack a travel first aid kit for families

I travel regularly both internationally and around Australia with my kids and have learned a few things along the way.  Most of the time, you don’t end up using the first aid kit other than a panadol for mum and band-aids for the kids.  However, it can really ruin your day if you need it and don’t have it. Here is how I go about packing a travel first aid kit for family holidays.

What to start with…

I start with a small to medium sized first aid kid pre-purchased from the chemist and already stocked with the standard bandages, tweezers and gauze etc.

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My small to medium sized first aid kit purchased from the Chemist.   I just love these collector band-aid tins!

Then I get a bigger bag and add the following:

For the kids:

  • Kiddy size band-aids….but not the plain brown ones when your child is between the ages of two and four years and requires a “Lightning McQueen one”, because toddler meltdowns suck and holidays are supposed to be fun.
  • Kids panadol or something for fever and pain
  • Motion sickness tablets/remedies
  • Chuckies bags.  These are travel sickness bags suitable for throwing up in.  You can buy them at the chemist.
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Bacterial wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Nappy rash cream and powder for babies
  • Children’s vapour rub for stuffy noses
  • Any usual medication
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My two year old fakes injuries to score one of these band-aids. I’ve had to enforce a “if it’s not bleeding you don’t get one” rule

For us:

  • Motion sickness tablets.  The proper medicated kind.  If ginger works for you that’s great! However, all I end up doing is throwing up ginger tablets.
  • Migraine medication.  You can’t buy codeine and other stronger stuff over the counter in quite a few countries.
  • Panadol or something mild for fever and pain

  • Ibuprofen or some sort of anti-inflammatory (especially if you have dodgy knees and will be doing lots of walking)
  • Cough lollies
  • Usual medications
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After carrying this little beautiful lump around Kata-Tjuta in Central Australia, I realised I didn’t pack any anti-inflammatories. My knee didn’t forgive me for three days.

For everyone:

  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito and bug repellent
  • Broad spectrum anti-fungal cream
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Stop itch cream
  • Imodium or some kind of anti-diarrhea tablets
  • Laxatives (you really don’t know which way its going to go when your usual diet changes)
  • Eye drops
  • Antihistamines
  • Rehydration solution
  • Copy of travel insurance information so it’s on hand if you need to visit a doctor or hospital
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These little collector band-aid tins are also great for hiding emergency travel money in

Other important things to remember:

  • A doctor’s certificate is useful if you are questioned about any medication you may be carrying.  You are more likely to be questioned if you need to take it as carry on as apposed to checking it in on the airplane.
  • Some people just take a blister pack of tablets to save on space.  I like to keep things in the original packaging in case it looks suss when going through customs.
  • Some countries require extra vaccinations …. please do your research before you leave.
  • If you are hiking or somewhere more at risk of open cuts, you might want to consider a few extras such as adhesive skin glue and water purification tablets etc. in your kit.

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