A first aid kit is essential for any trip, whether it is a cross-country drive or a short flight. The American College of Emergency Physicians suggests preparing a traveler’s first aid kit to help you deal with common medical ailments that can happen while traveling. Stash items in a portable tote bag. For air travel, store supplies in your carry-on luggage so you can always have them with you. ACEP suggests stocking the kit with the following items:

m Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin tablets for headaches, fever and pain. Have at least two aspirin tablets available at all times in case of a heart attack. Use accurate dosages and make sure medicine is age-appropriate.

m Antihistamine for allergies and inflammation.

m Motion-sickness medication.

m Bandages of assorted sizes for minor cuts and scrapes.

m Bandage closures to tape edges of minor cuts together.

m Triangular bandage to wrap injuries or make an arm sling.

m Elastic wraps for wrist, ankle, knee and elbow injuries.

m Gauze rolls and pads and adhesive tape for larger cuts and scrapes.

m Scissors with rounded tips to cut tape, gauze or clothing.

m Safety pins to fasten splints and bandages.

m Antiseptic wipes for disinfecting wounds or cleaning.

m Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection in burns, cuts and scrapes.

m Hydrogen peroxide to disinfect and clean wounds.

m Disposable, instant-activating cold packs for burns.

m Tweezers for removing small splinters, bee stingers, etc.

m Rubber gloves.

m Thermometer (rectal for infants).

m Calamine lotion to relieve itching and irritation from poison ivy and insect bites.

m Hydrocortisone cream to relieve rashes.

m Sunscreen SPF 15 or higher, broad spectrum.

m Calling card or change for pay phone, or cell phone.


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