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