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Spring break starts this week, and Jack is headed out on a cruise with his friends.
It’s entirely possible I’ve watched way too much Grey’s Anatomy and Investigation Discovery, because the idea of a cruise just sort of freaks me out.
Do they have operating rooms? Police forces?
I keep thinking of that episode of Grey’s where Bailey’s high school crush comes in after being in a school bus accident and one of the kids on the bus had a VERY unfortunate collision with a pencil.
It makes me woozy just to think about. Even pencils can become deadly!
Which brings me to the point of this post….. creating a travel first aid kit to take on your next trip!
Bringing along a small travel first aid kit on your next vacation can save you time, money, and the hassle of trying to find whatever you may need in an unfamiliar face.
All of this stuff can fit easily into a small travel case that you can store in your suitcase.
I actually created a first aid kit for Jack to take along with him (because he clearly was not concerned about pencil accidents), and you can see in the photos below what I included!
21 Must Have Items in Your Travel First Aid Kit
First Aid supplies are a must have. You never know when you’re going to slip and fall while hiking, jam your hand in the door, or maybe get a terrible splinter (tweezer’s wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring as well, FYI).
2. Ace Bandage
6. Alcohol Wipes
Cold and Flu
Hotels, planes, public spaces with everyone jammed so close together….. it’s a recipe for spreading germs!
Having these cold and flu remedies can help make sure you don’t end up spending the entire trip miserable in your room.
7. Cough drops
11. Hand sanitizer
You truly never know when an allergic reaction might hit you. Sometimes I just get hives from just being too stressed lol.
Or you could have some allergies acting up at your travel destinations. Just make sure you are covered and don’t let it interrupt your fun!
14. Anti-itch lotion
All the new food, drinks, and surroundings are enough to mess with anyone’s stomach.
Make sure to pack some medicines to help you feel better quick if tummy trouble hits you hard (Yes, I just said tummy trouble. Deal with it.)
16. Sea-sickness medicine (specifically for cruises)
17. Pepto bismol
Sometimes vacation hits you a little too hard and that hangover gets in the way. Make sure you’re prepared!
You don’t want to spend the day holding your head in agony and praying for a meteor to fall out of the sky and hit them while you should be adventuring.
19. Headache medicine (if needed)
There’s a couple of other miscellaneous items that I would recommend packing in your first aid kit if you want to be truly prepared.
You never know what kind of crazy bugs could be lurking at your new destinations, and you will always thank yourself later for having aloe on hand. Make sure to pack your sunscreen as well!!
20. Bug spray
Money Saving Tips!
So I honestly didn’t need to buy much to create this kit…. Almost everything was items I already had on hand!
I will admit I have a pretty well stocked medicine cabinet, but I also recommend going to Walmart and buying generic brands to save money.
Another way to save money is by buying a very simple first aid kit which will have all of the first aid items such as gauze, alcohol wipes, bandages, etc. all packaged together for one cheap price.
Here is a great mini first aid kit from Amazon that would work perfectly!
Then to save space try putting medications in plastic Ziploc bags (or old prescription bottles!) and only bringing as much as you need instead of an entire bottle.
Just make sure that you label them clearly!
I chose to put some Benadryl in a Ziploc bag with a folded post it note inside depicting what medication it was.
You could also use sticky labels, but I just didn’t have any.
Free travel first aid kit checklist!
If you’re ready to get started on your travel first aid kit for your next adventure, download your copy of my FREE printable travel first aid kit checklist to help you get started!