Create Your Own Travel First Aid Kit
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What should I put in a baby first aid kit for travel?
Whether you're traveling on a weekend road trip out of town or taking a plane to an exotic locale, have a travel first aid kit on hand you can throw in your suitcase. A first aid kit should have all the basics you need in a pinch, should you need to deal with mishaps or illness. It's always better to be prepared than to scramble around for the things you need if your child falls ill or needs medical attention.
Our suggestion? Package everything up in a child's lunch box – it's fun, easy to spot, and completely self-contained. Get trial sizes whenever you can to eliminate bulk. Here's a list of the basics for your travel first aid kit:
- First aid guide – Get one geared towards children and infants.
- Medical prescriptions - If your baby has any prescriptions, make sure you pack them. Also, include your doctor's phone number and an oral syringe to administer the medicine.
- Thermometer - If your infant gets a fever, you'll want to be able to check as soon as possible to ensure the right medication is administered next.
- Antibiotic ointment – It'll help heal cuts and scrapes as well as stave off infection.
- Liquid soap- Use this tidy package to clean up cuts and scrapes, as well as any baby mishaps.
- Sterile bandages – Use them to stop bleeding from little cuts and scrapes. Petite round or oval shapes are perfect for infants.
- Infant acetaminophen - Use Children's Tylenol or the equivalent. Use this for relieving fevers as well as aches and pains from teething, colds, flu, or chicken pox.
- Gas Reliever – Pack Baby Mylicon or its generic equivalent. If your infant has gas pains, this will help relieve it.
- Pedialyte - If your infant has diarrhea or dehydration, you'll want to replenish her fluids.
Helpful Hint #1: You can buy well-known brands like Tylenol or Mylicon, but if you want to save a bit of cash, go to your pharmacy and get the generic equivalent.
Helpful Hint #2: To save space, buy a box of Pedialyte freezer pops. They don't come frozen, so you can pack a few 2.1 oz. packages into your first aid kit.