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First Aid Kit Essentials
Setting up a First Aid Kit is extremely important especially for a busy mom juggling various tasks. With so many things going on in our everyday life, a First Aid Kit is something some of us overlook. I have to admit before I became a mom I never ever thought of setting up a First Aid Box. As soon as I became a mom all that changed. I had a few scares and non-life-threatening experiences and being unprepared made me put together a First Aid Box.
There is no right or wrong First Aid Kit. Any ready-made First Aid Box is fine and there’s nothing wrong with grabbing one if you don’t plan to adventure or if you just didn’t have time to set one up. I’m just a skeptical mom and I love to be prepared for the worse in case of an emergency. I will give you some ideas on setting up a First Aid Box for the home or traveling. without going crazy on carrying a massive amount of supplies.
When we’re going to travel out of the state, I make a checklist of what I will need. to prepare my First Aid Box, according to what we will be doing and I pack a little extra. Traveling to a foreign country can be a bit difficult to go to a nearby pharmacy. I make sure I organize my supplies and divide my First Aid Box into three sections.
- First Aid Essentials
- Prescribe medication
- Feminine Products
I like to be prepared and not find myself scrambling to look for basic essentials. Having it all on hand especially when I have a screaming child when traveling to a foreign country makes life much easier. I will rather be prepared than not being able to find basic medicine if something goes wrong especially with kids.
I bought a compact inexpensive First Aid Box (waterproof) for about ten bucks. It has various compartments that I can store enough supplies. It fits in my carry-on or I can throw it in my luggage. My suggestion, carry enough to cover your family for the duration of your trip incases something happens.
There are a few things you need to think about before preparing your First Aid Box. There are too many variables in order to stick to one essential list. Just keep in mind that every first aid kit will be different depending on where you going and what activities you will be doing. – Traveling First Aid Kit- Camping First Aid Kit- Car First Aid Kit- Home First Aid Kit A) Are you going to the park or beach? B) Are you going camping or hiking? C) If traveling, What are you going to do on our trip? (e.g. sightseeing, hiking, boating) D) What the weather will be like? Whether you are staying local or traveling out of the state. Humid= Mosquito Repellent.Hot and dry = sunscreen, aloe, and sunburn meds.
First Aid Kit Items:
1. Bandages- All sizes of bandages (assorted kids friendly, sheer bandages with the antibiotic, junior bandages, knee& elbow bandage, fingertip bandage, spot bandage) I love having all kinds of bandages especially since my son loves the assorted ones with the cartoons.
- Gauze pads
- Surgical Pads
- Small Scissors
- Plastic Tweezers
- Surgical Tape
- Antiseptic Towels
- Cold Compress
- Alcohol Pads
- Burn Relief Gel
- Cotton Q-tips
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sting Relief Cream
- Antibiotics Ointment
- Disposable Gloves
- Eye Drops
- Ace Bandages
If you or any one traveling with you have a medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, a heart condition, or other medical problems that need daily medications, it’s very important you consider the following;
- Keep your medication in the original label, TSA will give you a hard time and it might not make it through custom.
- Make sure you pack enough that will last you for the duration of your trip. It will be a pain, to try to find a local pharmacy and get the medication you need especially in a foreign country
- If you are going for a week vacation pack two weeks’ worth of meds. Anything can happen so to avoid the stress, you rather be on the safe side.
- Carrying a copy of your prescription will save a lot of headaches in case you run into some issues and need more medication.
- If traveling to a foreign country please do research on what are the regulations on carrying prescribe medications and if you need certain vaccines for that particular country.
- If you or anyone traveling with you have medications prescribed have your and or their doctor write a letter on why you or your family member are on such medication.
- You will be surprised how strict some foreign country regulations are when it comes to prescribing medications and the last thing you need is to have serious legal issues.
I like to buy individual packets, instead of bottles. It’s more convenient and saves me a lot of space when packing. I rather have them in individual packets than lose them in a small ziplock bag.
1. Aspirin, ibuprofen ( for headache and hangover I take both Advil and Tylenol)
2. Excedrin for Migraine 3. Pepto Bismol (Stomach medication) 4. Benadryl 5. Cortisone (for bug bites) 6. Neosporin (antibacterial gel) 7. Dramamine 8. Dayquil and Nyquil 9. Tums 10. Pedialyte (powder packages) 11. Children’s Tylenol and or Children’s Motrin 12. Digital thermometer 13. Mosquito repellent 14. Sunscreen 15. Aloe Gel 16. Vicks Vaporub 17. Immodium AD
Since my son was a toddler, I’ve owned several, medibuddy. I love them, I’ve always kept one in my diaper and one in his little backpack whenever we’re on the go. They are so compact and they fit any bag, just right for mommy to keep in their bag for unexpected emergencies. I stock it up with Neosporin, a small thermometer, and hydrocortisone. They come in handy and are very useful, I never leave home without them so I’m not left scrambling on the playground with a sobbing kid.
Let’s face it, we have little feminine issues that we need to be prepared for. Of course, I experienced that the hard way and boy did I ever regret not being prepared. Ladies if traveling in some countries, the simplest feminine products and yeast infections meds are extremely hard to find. The worst feeling is being in a foreign country and not being able to find the simplest feminine products. Please be sure you prepare yourself with feminine products. Birth control -Whether pills, Emergency Plan B, or Condoms you should always be prepared. Blister StripsSometimes those cute sandals you buy to rock on your vacation can be a DEATH sentence on your feet. The worse feeling is walking around with blisters all over your feet. With blister strips, you can alleviate pain. Yeast infection Meds: Whether it’s prescribed or over-the-counter meds, ladies make sure you are prepared with these meds because the worst feeling is to be in a foreign country with a yeast infection. With the combination of the heat and the water, you can get an allergic reaction, trust me I’ve been there.
Maxi Pads and Tampons– If you are good at tracking your period on a monthly basis or if it’s out of whack you want to be prepared and avoid accidents. I pack them anyway because sometimes when you travel your body goes through some changes.