Traveling can be a fun time for you and the family. If you take annual family vacations all of you keep looking forward to it the whole year. You not only love spending time with your family, but you also love taking a break from your chaotic daily routines that evolve around work and home.
Pack First Aid Kit
When taking a trip with your loved ones, it's imperative to keep safety in mind at all times. With that said, it's a must that you put first aid kit on top of the list of things to bring. Prepare a complete first aid kit for your travel by following these tips and suggestions.
What To Bring
Your first aid should contain the following:
- insect repellent
- sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
- adhesive bandages
- lip screen
- elastic bandage
- antibacterial hand wipes
- oral rehydration solution packets
You also need to bring some medications to your trip but talk to your doctor first. Some of the medications that you can bring to your vacation include:
- cough suppressant
- mild laxative
- antifungal ointment
- antibacterial ointment
- 1% hydrocortisone cream
- motion sickness medication
- antibiotic for moderate to severe diarrhea
- antidiarrheal medication like bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol)
- pain or fever medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin and ibuprofen
Other items that you may need in some circumstances are:
- mild sedative
- antianxiety medication
- high-altitude sickness preventive medication
- water purification tablets or water filtering system, for camping in a remote area without water
Use A Checklist
With so many to bring, it's easy to miss out on an important item. Can you imagine if one of your kids have gotten traveler's diarrhea and, much to your dismay, you find out that the anti-diarrhea medication was left at home? Something like this doesn't have to happen and ruin your nice vacation.
- Aside from preventive safety and health measures to take, it would also be a smart idea to make a checklist of all the things that you need to bring for the trip so that you don't forget anything.
- Check against your list while packing.
- Double check after you've packed.
When packing, it's also vital that you organize the stuff well so that in case of emergency, you don't have to turn your luggage upside down just to find a bandage or a pain medication.
- Put the first aid kit in a part of the bag where you can easily access it. The outer pocket is often a viable spot.
- Group relevant items such as medications should all go in one compartment of the first aid kit while the gauze, bandages and tweezers should be at another side.
Bring Proof For Prescription Refill
Finally, don't forget to pack any proof for prescription refill (the prescription note, the bottle, and the doctor's contact info), for any medication that you need during the trip. This is necessary even if you know you have bought sufficient amount of that medicine. That's because it's possible that you might run out of it or you lose it during transit and you might need to buy in the local pharmacy of your destination.