With the arrival of warmer weather, you might be busy dragging out shorts and flip-flops from the back of your closet, dusting off your outdoor grill, and stocking up on ice-cream. You may also be planning your first of several exciting road trips during the upcoming months. While packing your socks, swimsuit, or traveler sized shampoo, don’t forget to assemble a first-aid kit.
When you’re on vacation, you don’t want anything to spoil your fun. So, preparing for an unexpected medical situation is essential. We’ve laid out some of the most common health and safety items you’ll want to toss in your bag during travel.
Prescriptions You or Your Family Currently Take
If you or any of your family members currently take prescription medications, you’ll need to ensure you have enough medicine for the duration of your trip. You may need to visit your physician or pharmacy to obtain a refill. Always take a few extra days of medication along with you. If you’re enjoying your trip, you may want to extend it a few days. Or, you might experience travel delays due to car trouble.
Medications for Gastrointestinal Problems
Many illness encountered during travel are gastrointestinal related. Therefore, adding medications to manage constipation, heartburn, and diarrhea is smart. For example, you might want to purchase Loperamide, bismuth subsalicylate, a polyethylene glycol based laxative, fiber supplements, and an antacid. Your physician can also prescribe an antibiotic you can take if you succumb to travelers’ diarrhea.
Before taking any new medications for the first time, read instruction labels carefully. If you suffer diarrhea that won’t subside, dizziness, or dehydration, seek help from a medical professional.
Skin Safety Supplies
Besides prescriptions and medicines for gastrointestinal issues, you’ll need to fill your first-aid kit with skin safety supplies. Check these off the list:
- Elastic wrap
- Adhesive bandages of various sizes
- A small bottle of liquid bandage
- A tube of triple antibiotic ointment for burns or scrapes
- A tube of anti-itch cream for insect bites
- A bottle of sunscreen
- A bottle of moisturizer
Traveling can wreak havoc on your eyes. Even those who don’t usually have dry eyes can be affected by being in a low-humidity environment. In hotels, heating and air-conditioning systems deplete moisture from the air. Desserts and mountainous regions also pose risks for developing dry eyes. Buying some eye drops to put into your first-aid kit can help alleviate this uncomfortable condition.
Medicines for Motion Sickness
Do you plan to be out on the water during your upcoming trip? To prevent nausea while deep sea fishing, taking a dinner cruise, or enjoying some other activity away from land, buy some over-the-counter motion sickness medicine for your first-aid kit.
Rental cars, hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, public restrooms, and other places you might visit on your trip are often havens for germs. To keep you and your family healthy on your vacation, take some anti-bacterial wipes along. Use them to wipe down items like the steering wheel in your rental car or the toilet seat in your hotel. In addition to anti-bacterial wipes, having hand sanitizer is handy for trips too.
Succumbing to illness isn’t on anyone’s to-do list for a vacation. However, if you do start feeling poorly, you may need to monitor your vital signs such as your temperature. Packing a digital thermometer in your first-aid kit will help you do just that.
Road trips with those you love are wonderful opportunities to make fond memories that will last a lifetime. While you should hope for best-case scenarios on upcoming trips, you need to plan for unexpected medical emergencies that might arise. To increase your odds of experiencing safe and healthy road-trips this warm weather season, consider acquiring the aforementioned items for your first-aid kit.