In the summer we try to head to our cottage every weekend to unwind and relax from the hectic week. Although, beautiful and serene, it is also a bit remote. With the nearest pharmacy, hospital or urgent care over 1 1/2 hours away, we learned early on when our first child was born how important it is to have on hand a first aid kit for traveling that includes items you may need in case of emergencies. Having these things even when you are close to medical care is still a good idea!
Here is a list of items that I believe every parent/caretaker should have on hand for those moments when a local health food store/pharmacy isn’t available.
• First-aid manual
• Sterile gauze pads of different sizes
• Adhesive tape
• Adhesive bandages in several sizes
• Elastic bandage
• A splint
• Antiseptic wipes
• Antibiotic ointment
• Antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
• Hydrocortisone cream (1%)
• Acetaminophen and ibuprofen
• Extra prescription medications (if the family is going on vacation)
• Sharp scissors
• Safety pins
• Disposable instant cold packs
• Calamine lotion
• Alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
• Plastic non-latex gloves (at least 2 pairs)
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• A blanket
• Mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be obtained from your local Red Cross)
• Your list of emergency phone numbers
Now, I know that is a lot. But it’s better to be prepared than not to have it. I also add the following to items to my kit:
• Arnica montana 30C (homeopathic remedy indicated for trauma and bruising)
• Ledum pelsutre 30C (homeopathic remedy indicated for puncture wounds)
• Aloe vera gel (topical for sunburn and other burns)
• Calendula cream or gel (minor burns, scrapes and skin irritations)
• Benadryl – children’s (for allergic reactions)
• Probiotics (good for stomach upset)
• Pedialyte or Emergen-C for kids (to prevent dehydration if vomiting and diarrhea occur)
Keep in mind that these are for emergenicies. I like to deal with general stomach issues and allergies on a more holistic level, but if your child starts to swell up after being bit by a bug, for example, a dose of Benadryl can help ease the allergic reaction until you get him or her to a doctor.
Happy travels and stay healthy!
Photo from here, with thanks.