We try to travel carry on only when ever possible. And before Jacob turned two, we only had two carry ons available to pack for three people. When you only have two bags (and one bag is completely composed of camera gear) you have to make sure you only pack what is absolutely necessary.
When you travel with a little one, it is important to be prepared for absolutely anything. What you pack in your medical kit is very important. On one hand, you don’t want to have an overweight bag and be slug with a ridiculous overweight luggage fee. But on the other hand you need to be prepared for running noses, skinned knees and nappy rash.
But we didn’t always travel with kids. And before we travelled with kids we also travelled without something else – travel insurance. So having a well stocked med kit was also an important thing to pack then as well.
The trick to a well stocked med kit is having just enough of what you need to get through a day or two. In most countries you can easily find a doctor or pharmacy to stock up on whatever you have used up. So what do we pack in our med kit?
The Adult Only Travel Med Kit
If you are not travelling with little ones, you won’t need to carry as much with you.
- A handful of band aids in different sizes
- A couple of individually wrapped antiseptic wipes
- 1 blister pack of painkillers
- 1 blister pack of anti-histamines
- 1 blister pack of anti-nausea tablets (I get terrible motion sickness)
- Heartburn medication (I get motion sickness, Dan gets heartburn)
- 1 blister pack of cold and flu tablets
- 1 blister pack of strepsils
- A decent sunscreen – Travelling with sunscreen is really important. Even in winter. Even if your skin might not be as prone to burning in the winter, it can still damage your skin (and cause wrinkles). Make sure you always use plenty of sunscreen on your face and neck (’cause no amount of plastic surgery will fix a wrinkly neck!)
- If you are travelling to a sunny location I would also throw in an after sun lotion or some aloe vera gel, just in case.
The Travel Med Kit for Jet Setting Kids
If you travelling with a baby under the age of 1, check out our baby travel med kit list here.
- Saline eye wipes. Safe and gentle on little eyes, and can also be used to clean scrapes and cuts.
- Re-hydration salts. Little ones are more prone to dehydration than we are, so it is always useful to keep a couple sachets of re-hydration salts in your medical kit.
- Childrens pain killer liquid. This has saved our sleep on many a restless night. It is also great to reduce fever and is a life saver when teething.
- Child appropriate sunscreen. Sunscreen is even more important for young skin than it is for adults (and it’s pretty darn important for adults too). We use the Banana Boat range. They have sunscreen options for both babys and children. We normally travel with the roll on sunscreen as it is small and compact to pack, and does not leak.
- A thermometer as it’s important to recognize fever early in little ones.
- Insect repellent. This is another one of those things that are not recommended for use on small children. We needed to find a way around this, as we were travelling to a few tropical destinations with Jacob. One option we found was a soybean oil based, citronella type of product which is safe for infants. Another option we found are the citronella stick on patches. You can stick the patches onto your childs shirt and the insects stay away.