Travelling with young children: First-aid essentials

A first-aid kit is essential when travelling with small kids. Once you've travelled outside the country a few times, you realize that Band-Aids and Tylenol aren't always enough. There are different ways to prepare a first-aid kit. We've got one for you, and it's very easy.

Get three large Ziploc bags: one for "necessities," a second one for "just in case" and a third one you'll call "hope we won't have to open this." Put the essential medications and supplies in each bag. 


  • Prescription medication 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Soothing and moisturizing after-sun lotion 
  • Lip balm 
  • Probiotics (kids like the chewable tablet kind) 
  • Hand sanitizer (e.g., Purell) 
  • Wet cloths 
  • Thermometer 

"Just in case" 

  • Pain reliever (ibuprofen and acetaminophen) 
  • Insect repellant 
  • Topical liquid antihistamine (e.g., Benadryl) 
  • Anti-nausea (e.g., Gravol, tablets or ginger lozenges) 
  • Antacid (e.g., Pepto-Bismol, Gaviscon or Tums tablets) 
  • Adhesive bandages (e.g., Band-Aids) 
  • Antibiotic cream (e.g., Polysporin) 
  • First-aid antiseptic (soap or pads to disinfect wounds) 

"Hope we won't have to open this" 

  • Antidiarrheal (e.g., Immodium) 
  • Oral rehydrating solution (e.g., Pedialyte) 

Finally, note that prescription medications should be in their original container with a copy of the original prescription; if not, they may be confiscated at customs.