Whether you’re camping nearby or travelling abroad, these 12 essentials may come in handy for minor aches and pains.

When travelling with your family you always want to make sure that you have all of the necessary first-aid essentials to help with those minor aches and pains. Here’s a list of the top essentials that can be packed when that unexpected situation occurs.

Anti-nausea medications

Planes, trains and automobiles… travel may be fun, but motion sickness isn’t. Keep anti-nausea medication on hand for stomach upsets.


Allergic reactions range from no fun at all to life-threatening. Make sure you’re prepared for both known and unknown allergies

Ginger capsules

Ginger capsules are a science-approved natural remedy for both motion sickness and seasickness.

Oral rehydration solution

In case of diarrhea, make sure you have something on hand to replenish and rehydrate the body.

Ibuprofin or acetaminophen

Pain or fever can quickly strip the fun and relaxation from any holiday, so make sure to pack pain and fever relief.

Hand sanitizer and wipes

Public restrooms may be short on soap, so carry with you a quick-fix alternative for hand-cleaning.

Insect repellant

For children ages two to 12, make sure your insect repellant contains no more than 10 percent DEET and apply no more than three times daily. For children from six months to two years, apply only once daily. No DEET level is confirmed safe for kids less than six months old.

Antibiotic ointment

For minor cuts and burns picked up during adventuring, keep some antibiotic ointment in your travel first-aid kit.

Rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is a handy antiseptic that also relieves the sting of a jellyfish.


For cuts and scrapes, or even to use in a splint, bandages are handy.


Sunscreen can be expensive to buy in other countries, so take along your favourite brand from home to ensure you’re guarded against sunburn.


In the case of an unexpected fever, having a thermometer on hand means you can easily monitor any temperature that starts creeping up.

First-aid kit essentials for family travel

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