Post # 1
So my best friend and I are planning a 3-day, 2 night trip, and being that we will have three children with us (ages 5, 7, and 8), we’re trying to be prepared but still with a budget. We looked at first aid kits at Wal-Mart, but felt that $15-20 was overpriced for what amounted to mostly being various sized band-aides.
So I started looking online at guides on packing your own first-aid kit, but a lot of the guides I found seemed to be geared to someone out camping away from civilization: splints, Pepto-Bismol, cigarette lighters. Just a long list of things we could run to the nearest Walgreens for.
My question is, what are the basics we need in a first-aid kit besides band-aides and Neosporin? We’ll be swimming, so we factored in aloe vera or something for sunburn, as well as sunscreen. The rest of the trip will be at a kid’s-geared science museum in the heart of a major city, and a leisurely mountain trail (no potholes or anything to catch little ankles in- the entire way is paved and- amazingly- very little is uphill). So what do you think we should pack?
Post # 3
A couple pairs of non-latex gloves, tweezers, instant ice packs, gravol, tylenol, cold medicine. Just a small bit of medicine so the run to walgreens isn’t instantly required.
Post # 4
+1 to above, but definitely include Benadryl and hydrocortisone cream in case of an allergic reaction to something!
Post # 5
Since your looking mainly for kids I would want:
Some sort of first aid cream like neosporin
Wet wipes or alcohol wipes
Basic kids medicine- (a dose or two of cold medicine, headache relief)
Benedryl (for allergic reactions)
instant ice pack
Post # 6
I agree with the other posters, and to keep the medicine costs cheap for my first aid kit, I just take a few pills from my cabinet at home so I always have some on hand when I travel.
In my kit I have:
Bandaids of different sizes
a bandage (for ankle sprains)
Baggie of ibuprofin
Benadryl (a few pills)
Cold medicine (a few pills)
PeptoBismol (a few pills)
The advantage of the first aid kit is that once it is packed, you can just keep it stocked and take it along with any trip. If your kid or you gets a headache in the middle of the night, you won’t want to run to Walgreens. I also keep bandaids in my purse. I get a lot of blisters.
Post # 7
Since it’s a car trip, it’s a good idea to also have a safety kit. The popup orange cones, a flare, water and some food like granola bars.
Scissors can be useful for cutting a bandaid or bandage down to a better size for oddly shaped areas.
I also like having safety pins in my first aid kit, they can come in handy even if it isn’t for first aid! Don’t forget epi-pens if needed.
Post # 8
Here’s a decent list by the red cross that wouldn’t be a survival kit:
You can look up home or family first aid kits if you want more ideas.
Post # 9
@SapphireSun: This is probably a dumb question, but what is gravol?
Post # 10
@ForeverBirds: I think you know it as Dramamine?
It treats nausea.