I am frequently accused of being an overpacker (see The Mother of all Packing Lists and Carry-On Packing List) but I am a firm believer in making things easy for yourself when traveling with small children! Granted, these are guidelines, not everything on these lists is deemed essential. However, it IS essential to ensure you have a well-stocked baby first aid kit for your peace of mind.
Your baby first aid kit for travel can vary depending on your child’s age and also the trip you’re taking. However, there are some definite essential first aid kit items for babies and toddlers that you shouldn’t leave home without…
Essential Baby First Aid Kit Items:
- Advil Pediatric Drops or Children’s Advil
- Children’s Antihistamine (if child is over 2)
- Nail Clippers
- Petroleum Jelly
- Zinc-based diaper cream
- Saline spray/nasal aspirator
- Disinfecting spray/wipes
- Antibiotic cream
- Assorted bandages
- Oral rehydration mix
- Cotton swabs
- Dropper/Oral Syringe
I always kept a baby first aid kit with me and still carry a modified one today. It’s a good idea to have another version specifically for travel. I learned to keep a separate first aid kit for travel the hard way, when I forgot to resupply my everyday one and had no bandages for a banged-up knee!
Some vacation destinations don’t have great access to drugstores or pharmacies to pick up forgotten items. But even if you’re not staying in a remote location, having to locate a store at all when dealing with a sick baby is not fun. With a well-stocked baby first aid kit, you’ll be able to manage most issues right away. Even if you do have to seek further medical attention, having the right items on-hand will provide some breathing room to (hopefully) calmly find what other products or services you or your child may require.
This post is brought to you by Children’s Advil but the images and opinions are my own. Be sure this product is right for you. Always read and follow the label.