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We were about 2 hours down the road when my 2 year old threw up all over herself and her car seat. We weren’t just 2 hours down the road – we were on the second leg of our journey. Leaving our hotel that morning, everything seemed fine. Now, we had a mess to clean up. And a car sick little girl. It didn’t take long for her belly to get better, but the experience had a lasting impact on me. In that moment I knew that I wasn’t prepared.
On the next leg of that trip, the kids splashed and played in the indoor swimming pool. We ordered pizza delivery and it seemed that we salvaged the remainder of our trip. That’s when it happened. We were drying off the little kids when one accidentally slammed the bathroom door shut right on another child’s finger. Not fun. Not pretty. Bandages – quick.
I’ve always been the type to maybe have two bandages in the diaper bag, a pack of wipes and diapers and call it a day. I usually pack some liquid fever reducer – especially when traveling with babies or toddler. However, I don’t typically over prepare – mainly because I figure if we need something – we can find it at a local store. Well, not true if you are driving on a road far from the next major town or city. Lesson learned.
That was enough. I knew I needed an emergency kit – pronto.
After these two situations, I put together a travel first aid kit tailored for our family.
Our Travel First Aid List
A few different types of travel first aid type supplies – including small finger tip bandages.
- Non-stick pads
- Hydrogen peroxide spray
- Disinfecting wipes
- Paper towels
- Plastic gloves
- Hand wipes
- Cortisone cream
- Anti-bacterial ointment
- An anti-histamine
- A fever reducing medicine
- Electrolyte supplement (in case of vomiting)
- A plastic bin with lid to store the supplies
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We also picked up a smaller version of our travel first aid kit for the diaper bag. This kit has so much good stuff in it, including: disposable thermometers, ointment, creams, various bandages and a few other key items.
What kind of travel first aid kit do you use? How do you prepare for sickness on the road?