You never know when you may need to administer first aid for a member of your family while on vacation.
Travel first aid kits are without a doubt, the most often overlooked item when packing for your family holidays.
Have you ever been on vacation and needed a band aid and there was not one to be found for a hundred miles?
Well we certainly have and have been caught off guard a number of times while away!
Putting together a simple travel first aid kit is easy and takes very little room in your luggage. Be ready while on vacation to apply first aid for both minor and more serious situations.
Below, I have assembled a handy list of what should be included when putting together your first aid kit or purchasing one for your family holidays.
First, check out this short video explaining what items should be included in your kit, especially for those of you traveling with children.
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First aid kits are very important and should be included in everyone’s travel luggage. This so much so if you are traveling with children.
You certainly do not need a lot of space and can pack a nice and simple kit very quickly. One that can easily handle small first aid applications which may include a bandage wrap to get you by until medical attention can be sought.
Of course the type of kit you pack will depend on your particular travel.
In this article, let’s have a brief look at typical first aid kits recommended for a family traveling by air for a 2 week holiday.
We have always carried a small and convenient professionally stocked first aid kit purchased from a reputable store. These kits usually include standard items necessary to treat minor injuries.
Of the many travel products available, there are hundreds of first aid kits to choose from as well, so be sure to choose the right one for you and your families needs.
Typical Items To Include In Your First Aid Kit
These usually are included but not limited to items in kits purchased …
- Band aids
- Select bandages
- Gauze dressings
- Bandage tape
- Antibiotic ointment
- Hand sanitizer
- Latex gloves
More and more people are traveling with carry on luggage, so be sure to know what is and what is not acceptable to pack.
Scissors Are Definitely a No No!
Along with the basic items above, we always pack some additional things into our kit. When our children were just toddlers, we made sure to pack additional band aids and children’s aspirin. Some very simple but handy to have, especially if you are traveling to foreign countries. Take Cuba for example, trying to purchase aspirin or even band aids can be a trying experience!
It is better to be prepared then be without when visiting areas with limited resources. You should always be prepared for the worst and travel safely at all times when away from home!
A few other items we always pack include …
- Tums – antacid tablets also containing calcium.
This is normal and with the change in water and food, quite often one will experience upset stomach during the course of their vacation.
We find Tums quite often is an easy remedy and does give you a source of Calcium that you may be missing as well while on vacation.
- Pepto Bismol – ( in tablet form )
- Imodium – ( in tablet form )
Depending on the where we are vacationing to, we normally pack both of these travel products, as they are convenient, take very little space and are very effective for symptoms of upset stomach, indigestion, heartburn and yes … diarrhea!
There great to take along on those all inclusive family vacations!
It is inevitable, that one of you will experience traveler’s diarrhea at some point on your holiday abroad!
Typical Products To Include
If you are heading to a warm tropical climate and staying at a typical all inclusive resort, chances are one of you will experience these symptoms.
The last thing we include in our travel first aid kits is ibuprofen.
For our family, Advil does the trick. It is a good all – purpose non – prescription medication. A great anti – inflammatory and also helps reduce pain and fever. You can learn more about this over the counter medication at …
We always pack this into our carry on luggage, in case one of us should need it while on route to our destination.
Wikipedia offers some great information on first aid kits that is definitely worth checking out.
If you are in the market for an excellent first aid kit, I recommend you take a look at what Coghlan’s has to offer.
Coghlan’s are …
“The Outdoor Accessory People“
This company has been in business since 1959, having earned a reputation worldwide as a distributor of high quality products.
There are many excellent waterproof kits for the family travel, especially good for those taking camping holidays! . They are all equipped with the necessary items needed for those unexpected emergencies.
Items such as:
- A first aid helpful guide
- Needles and more
We love this kit because of the waterproof solid container, size and items included. Adding the little extras as mentioned, it makes the perfect travel companion for anyone.
Just a small reminder of the importance of including a small first aid kit in your baggage when traveling.
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