Over the past year I’ve taken a lot of trips. Road trips, out of Province trips, quick glorious weekends down south and even a couple or dreamy vacations to Europe. For each trip I dream big, over plan, and usually over pack. I may regret hauling around that extra pair of bulky shoes and sweater that took up valuable suitcase space, but one thing I will never regret packing is my amped up First Aid kit. It’s my one constant for each and every trip and I’m often asked what’s included.
Here are my recommendations for what to include in a Travel First Aid Kit:
Over the past 10 years or so I’ve packed almost the same kit for every trip, adjusting it’s size depending on the length of the trip. After a little reflection I thought it might be interesting to review the items I’ve actaully had to use from that kit. The past few trips have seen a need for:
- Blister Band-Aids (maybe the best invention ever)
- Tiger Balm
- Lip Balm
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Ear Drops
- Cough and Cold medicine
- Bug Spray
- After Bite
- Travel Insurance! Thanks to a jelly fish sting in Jamaica.
On my last trip, with 8 teenagers in tow, I only needed Advil, Band-Aids and Benadryl. Victory.
Thankfully we’ve never needed to use too many items from that First Aid kit on any one trip, but as you can see, almost all items have been called upon at one time or another. Don’t let blisters, a common cold, headache or bug bite stop your vacation in it’s tracks. Remember Murphy’s Law, just be prepared, pack that First Aid kit and go have the vacation of a lifetime.