As a parent you are already well aware that accidents happen and some little ones are more likely to encounter those accidents than others. If you have ever had a toddler take a header into a hotel bed frame or a little one get cut on a hike, then you know the value of a preplanned first aid kit.
If you are planning your first family trip, then you may need some help stocking that first aid kit. The following pointers will get you on track with planning for those minor mishaps.
Consider your Family’s Needs. If someone suffers from frequent heartburn, the condition is more likely to rear its head when dining out nightly than on a healthier dinner plan. Pack antacids, basic pain relievers, antihistamines, anti-itch creams, and antibiotic ointments and be sure to pack all prescription medications—even if they aren’t currently needed. Conditions such as asthma or skin disorders that may be in control at home may be stressed during travel. Be sure that inhalers, creams, and medications are packed as a preventative. It may be also advisable to ask your physician for a written prescription should you lose or finish a current refill during your trip.
Load Up the Bandages. Cuts and scrapes happen—and with little ones, they seem to happen often. Pack a variety of bandages in a variety of shapes and styles. You may also consider packing the rare cartoon character adorned bandages to aid recovery time. In strange surroundings where the little one is already feeling a bit stressed, such an added touch may be a stress relieving lifesaver!
Do Not Forget the Basics. Scissors, tweezers, gauze, elastic bandages and ice packs are commonly required for injuries. While you can make an impromptu ice pack from the refrigerator, scissors or tweezers may be harder to come by depending on your lodging.
Plan for your Environment. If you are spending a week in a remote fishing cabin, your first aid kit may need to be more extensive than if you are visiting a city hotel. Consider the risks and plan accordingly.
Keep Insurance Cards and Documentation Available. Ensure that you are carrying all travel medical insurance verification, lists of prescription medications, allergies and medical conditions to aid in treatment should something happen and you are unable to speak for yourself. Be sure to include emergency telephone numbers for family members or friends who have access to such information as well. In the event of an accident, these items are as important as medical treatment to ensure that proper medical care is provided safely and in a timely manner.
Understand Airline Regulations. If you are flying and are planning to stash that first aid kit in your carryon, you may need to reconsider as some items may not be allowed. Plan and pack accordingly to ensure that your contents make it to your destination.
Understanding the risks of your vacation locale will go a long way in helping you prepare for the unexpected. Many hotels or resorts will be able to accommodate your first aid needs—with many even having access to local care providers. Some may not and you will need to ensure that you are able to provide at least minor emergency care for your family to keep your vacation on track.