Summer is almost here, which means there are lots of holidays on the horizon. When you are travelling it’s important to make sure that you have everything you need in case anything unexpected happens.  Your first aid kits should be fully stocked, as travelling is already a stressful situation (particularly if you are going abroad) – so you want to have the peace of mind that you have this covered.

Here is a list of top first aid kit essentials that you wouldn’t want to forget.

• Air pressure when flying can cause pain in your children’s ears – so it’s important to have some kids Paracetamol or Ibuprofen sachets in case this occurs to relieve this

Piriton is also important as your kids may experience different kinds of foods and experiences that they haven’t before.  This will help if they have any kind of mild allergic reaction

• Taking a few triangular bandages are also essential.  They are effective for stopping bleeding, covering cuts on elbows, knees and heads.  They can also be used as a supportive sling

• If you or your child falls and is bruised, an instant ice pack (that won’t need to be frozen) – can be put on the bump which will get rid of the swelling

• Dressings that aren’t adhesives are also important.  You should also have microtape to stick them on for cuts and grazes

• Alcohol wipes are important, as they will clean any cuts and disinfect any wounds you may get.  They tend to dry out as they get older, but they are cost-effective to replenish.  Hand sanitizer is also essential to have before working on anything

• Motion sickness pills are definitely something you should have on your list if you are going on some long-haul flights.  They are also perfect for long bus and coach journeys.  Even if you don’t have motion sickness – the people beside you might

• Digital thermometers are necessary for finding out your temperature.  Using this could be a good indicator as to whether or not you should seek medical assistance.

When you are traveling somewhere abroad – you will be on strange ground, so it’s important for you to be as prepared as possible. 

You won’t have access to your GP or your local hospital that will give you the sense of security you have in your hometown, which can be distressing in itself should an issue arise.   

It’s a good idea to do some local research if you can to find out more about the area where you are staying – and also make sure that you have cash readily available in case of emergencies. 

Some people create a travel checklist – that way it’s easy for you to make sure you don’t forget anything including your first aid kit. 

If you are off on your holidays any time soon – make sure you have everything you need and are prepared.