Planning on Traveling? Here’s what you need in your First-Aid Kit

July 8, 2020

No one thinks about the first-aid kit until you get hurt and don’t have one. Being prepared for any circumstance is a great way to tackle any of life’s happenings quickly. We’re going to go over what items you should keep handy in your travel first-aid kit.

The Staples

There are three main items that you want to keep in any first-aid kit you bring with you.


•Hydrocortisone cream

•Neosporin with Band-aids

Some medical professionals believe that Benadryl is the single most crucial over-the-counter medication you could have in your aid kit. While not treating severe allergic reactions like anaphylaxis, Benadryl works excellent for minor reactions and keeps situations calm.

You’ll want to pack Anti-itch ointment to deal with any itchy bites. It will also help soothe an itchy rash, like poison ivy.

Keep a tube of antibiotic ointment packed away; it’s great to treat cuts, scrapes, and burns and provide some protection to the wound. Be sure to have a few different sizes of band-aids handy to cover up these minor wounds.

Items to Keep for Wounds

There are a handful of more specific items you’ll want to keep in your first-aid kit:

•Gauze: Sterile gauze pads are handy for a variety of injuries to keep them clean and covered.

•Tape: Bandage tape will ensure you’ll wrap up any cuts and won’t miss any playtime.

•Pain Relievers: Keep a little of both Ibuprofen and Tylenol in liquid forms for kids. If you don’t feel like packing extra for the adults, check the bottle’s dosage, and get an adult amount. It’s typically about double.

•Numbing Spray: Any OTC wound-numbing spray comes in handy for any burns, sunburns, or nasty cuts.

Odds and Ends

A few extra items that are good to carry if you have the room, but don’t have a single category to keep them in:

•Ace Bandage: For sprains and strains. Wrapping any aches up and apply pressure.

•Small Scissors: To cut and size out gauze and cloths to dress wounds and cut tape and more.

•Tweezer: For splinters and dealing with some things that fingers are just too big for.

•Pedialyte: Great for rehydration, especially when unable to keep food or other liquids down well. Suitable for all ages.

Be sure you check your first-aid kit before leaving on a trip to ensure it has everything it needs. Sometimes an item gets used at home and doesn’t find its way back to the kit. Keep a list of required medications in case you find yourself without them for any reason.

Keeping in the habit of having a first-aid kit nearby, whether at home or anytime you leave the house, is an excellent way of being prepared. It may not always be needed, but you’ll be thankful its there when you do. The peace of mind knowing that you have just the right thing when your child runs up to with tears in their eyes is invaluable.

For injuries that require a little more care than a first-aid kit can provide, Quick Care Med Urgent Care is there. From sprains to cuts, from dehydration to nausea, Quick Care can help get back on your feet quickly. Drop by one of our 10 locations or click here to schedule a Telemedicine visit.

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