We are beginning to prepare for our Irish holiday and I am deep in lists. What to carry on, what to check, what to send ahead. I like to make sure we are prepared- often we are over prepared.
I came across this family first aid checklist from The Family Sabbatical Handbook that is quite thorough. Obviously you won’t need everything on this list for a short vacation, but it is a great list and certainly has items on it that I wouldn’t have thought of.
You can purchase ready-made first-aid kits from any camping or medical supplier online. A cheaper option is to buy a soft-sided multi-zippered storage bag and put one together yourself. Include:
• Sterile gauze pads.
• Bandages/Band-Aids in a variety of sizes.
• Adhesive tape.
• Sterile cotton balls.
• Antibacterial hand wipes.
• Small jar of Vaseline.
• Scissors, tweezers, safety pins, Swiss Army knife.
• Digital thermometer.
• Small cold pack.
• Anti-itch cream such as hydrocortisone or calamine.
• Antibiotic cream or ointment.
• Syrup of ipecac.
• Aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen (adults’ and children’s).
• Cold tablets.
• Cough syrup, throat lozenges (adults’ and children’s).
• Antihistamine (Benadryl oral and ointment).
• Diarrhea medicine (adults’ and children’s).
• Sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent.
•Vaginal cream for infections.
• Spoon/oral syringe to administer kids’ doses.
• Moleskin for blisters.
• Inhalers, special medications, etc.
• Any other specific over-the-counter medication that your doctor or pharmacist recommends for your sabbatical destination.
• Emergency medical reference book.
• Antibiotics such as amoxicyllin.
• Louse treatment.
• Pinworm treatment.
• Rehydration mixture.
• Lotrimin (or other clotrimazole- or miconazole-based) anti-fungal.
Tip: Do not pack your first-aid kit in your carry-on luggage if you fly. Airports keep changing their carry-on restrictions, and you might not be able to take it aboard.
I am a big believer in mailing items to your destination (if you are flying) before you arrive. A first aid kit is just the kind of item I am referring to. These are items you won’t need until you arrive- and hopefully not even then!