Practical Tips: The Medical Kit We Take on Every Holiday with Kids

It’s not very exciting (it’s certainly not as exciting as choosing which kaftans and earrings to take, which is my favourite pre-holiday pastime) but before we go on any holiday, particularly a holiday overseas, I always check that my medical supply kit is fully loaded.

So many basic medicines, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, are only available with a prescription in other some European countries, and with the frequency with which kids run temperatures, get a cough or, in my case, cut and graze their knees whilst pretending to be Spiderman, having the right supplies is an absolute holiday essential. With that in mind, and to help you with your own packing, here is a list of all the medical kit that comes along with us:

  • Liquid Paracetamol. We take two bottles of this, as the boys straddle two different age groups and can’t use the same one
  • A syringe or spoon to make taking the liquid paracetamol easier
  • A first aid kit fully loaded with plasters, small bandages and antiseptic cream and wipes. This doesn’t just stay in the hotel; I put it in my beach bag because my kids could trip and fall over their own feet!
  • An in-ear thermometer
  • A large bottle of Factor 50+ Sun lotion. Not necessarily a medical supply but an absolute essential you should never travel without: skin cancer kills!
  • Aloe Vera gel. I prefer this to after sun as its so soothing, and it also really helps to cool the kids down at the end of a hot day too. It can also relieve the sting of insect bites.
  • Antihistamine tablets. Mr Mumtravel and I both suffer horrendous hay fever, but even if we didn’t antihistamine are handy for any stings, allergic reactions to insect bites, or even to soothe the itching of chicken pox.
  • Paracetamol caplets for the grown ups: because aches and pains, headaches and hangovers can follow you on holiday too!
  • Imodium. Luckily, I’ve never actually had to use these anti-diarrhoea tablets on holiday, but I couldn’t imagine travelling without them, just in case!
  • Mosquito Bands for everyone, which we hook to the loops of the boys shorts rather than put them directly on their skin (we wear them around our wrists)
  • Mosquito repellent spray, both with deet (for the adults) and without deet (for the kids)
  • Indigestion relief. Sadly something I suffer with regularly and I would hate to travel without.
  • Any prescription medication. Ensure this is in the original packaging, and that this packaging still has the label on it which clearly shows your name. You should also take a copy of your prescription in case your medication is lost. SOME COUNTRIES ARE VERY STRICT ABOUT ALLOWING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS INTO THEIR COUNTRY: PLEASE CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
  • If you have to travel with sharps or needles (as I do) then ask your provider to provide you with a customs letter outlining why you need to travel with this medication and that it is safe for you to do so.

I am definitely not a trained medical expert, so if you have any doubts then you should contact your own doctor. But this is a list of what we have always travelled with: I hope it helps you, and that you have happy holidays!

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