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First Things First: What to Pack in a Travel First Aid Kit

Store-bought first aid kits are great, but here are some items you shouldn't leave home without.


PROTIP: Try to assemble your first aid kit BEFORE you get to the airport.

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Packing a first aid kit for your travels might seem a bit unneccesary (yes, we heard you whisper "hypochrondriac" to your friends just now) but we're talking about kids here. They get sick, they fall down, or if you're really being tested, they roll around on the floor of the BART train in San Francisco. So having a special Travel Edition first aid kit in your bag will give you a piece of mind when a drugstore isn't immediately in sight.

Now, when your children were born someone probably bought a little first aid/grooming kit off your baby registry that came with a nasal aspirator, a thermometer, a medicine dropper and nail clippers. That's a good start but when you're traveling, you're going to need more than that. 

The items in your kit will vary depending on the age and stage your kids are at. Here's a list of tried-and-true items we've compiled based on our own experiences and with help from Dr. Noel Salyer, a pediatrician based in Santa Monica, Calif. You can read more of Dr. Salyer's tips for keeping kids healthy while traveling here!

Nasal Aspirator: Especially for babies. For the big kids, you can pack a vapor ointment for stuffed noses.

Thermometer: Having an exact temperature is particularly useful when you call the doctor, according to Dr. Salyer, because it helps them determine what to do next. 

Motrin and Tylenol: When a kid has a persistent fever, Dr. Salyer says it helps to alternate medicines. Don't forget the medicine dropper too.

Diaper Cream/Aquaphor/Hydrocortizone: Rashes are #THEWORST so bring these to combat the itches.

Teething Gel or Tablets: Because some babies have an uncanny ability to cut a new tooth while on vacation. 

Benadryl: While you might be tempted to use this on the plane when your child acts out, Benadryl is best for actual allergic reactions.

Sunblock: Preferably one that is not chemical based. For a list of good sunblock brands, check out EWG's list. 

T+G TIP: Buy the travel-sized version of the products above and stick them in a plastic Ziploc bag or a cosmetic pouch to save space. I actually store  mine in the grooming kit from Safety1st because it has a clear window that lets you see what's inside.

'Rents! Share your must-have first aid kit items in comments below!

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