Safety first – what needs to be in the kit?
After administering first aid to my husband, myself and our 2 kids for many years, I have this theory that all you need are bandaids, polysporin and duck tape. I know, I’ve used brand names for everything. OK, all you need are adhesive bandages, antiseptic wound cleanser and adhesive tape. This is true, for most situations, while we are at home, with access to everything else, including clean water and a great drug store.
When it came time to create our kit for a year of travel, the first thing I did was to have a close look at what we had on hand. Only to discover, we had a bunch of expired medications and very little, real first aid supplies. (Other than what I mentioned above, lots of that stuff!)
Of course we had a prepared kit in our truck, but that was also lacking in some things, over supplied in a few spots and used up in others, yikes! I suppose we should check these things from time to time. I’m not sure what I was thinking. Maybe that is something that needs to go into google cal as a yearly reminder?
As part of my research process, I always check in with other travellers. YouTube is full of videos explaining each selection. While many lists had overlapping recommendations, it quickly became apparent that these were highly personal kits. Rightly so. Therefore I needed a more impartial source of information. Not surprisingly, the Government of Canada website has a great list, with everything you can think of needing.
My daughter and I went through the Government list and cross referenced a few others to create our ultimate First Aid – Medication Kit. I found a soft sided lunch box to contain it all. The only thing we are packing separately is an entire kit of each sunscreen and bug spray. I have some feedback from another travelling Canadian family – bring loads of sunscreen. She says it is really expensive in Europe and her kids are sensitive to some formulations. I agree wholeheartedly on making sure to be well supplied with this protection from the sun and mosquitoes.
Here is what we are taking, with relevant links, as applicable:
- Hilroy insulated bag
- Small hotel sized sewing kit
- Multi tool
- Mini flash light
- Travel hand sanitizer, 60ml
- Moleskin, finally found these at MEC and blister pads
- Ibuprofen, extra strength
- Acetaminophen, extra strength
- Pepto-Bismol caplets
- Day time and Night time cold medication
- Allergy caplets
- Aloe vera gel – after sun gel
- Polysporin – antibiotic ointment
- Benadryl – bug bite relief
- Preparation H hemorrhoidal cream
- Canesten topical cream
- Various sizes adhesive bandages and tape
- Antiseptic spray
- Diarrhea relief
- Allergy pills
- Gravol – nausea treatment
- Oral rehydration salts
- Eye drops
- Woven bandages & gauze, tensor bandage
- Instant cold compress
- Medical gloves
- Eye pad
- Single use thermometer
- Scissors and tweezers
- Safety pins
That’s it. In the order of how it is sitting in the bag, starting from the little outside pocket and working inwards. When everything is listed out, there is a whole lot of stuff! It is comforting to have the whole kit, all in one place with easy access for us. We now know whose bag it is in and how to put our hands on it, in a moments notice.