With only five days until we set off on our travels again we find ourselves in the final stages of preparation. As a parent, you’re always thinking five steps ahead when it comes to planning trips abroad, because while the magic of travel as a child is in the not-knowing and discovery, as an adult it’s in planning so smooth that you have all bases covered – or as many as you can, at least! So, after a wonderful summer and the beginning of plans for travels to come, what’s better than feeding the travel bug with some preparation for what might lie ahead?
The one area it’s easy to get the most complacent is health. You know, plasters, ice packs, first aid kits, tummy medicine, Calpol – all those bits and bobs you have in a fully-stocked medicine cabinet at home that never quite make it into the luggage. It’s an easy mistake to make, you’re on holiday for fun, not icky tummies, but a simple kit of health essentials can be a saviour when you least expect it, whether you are travelling for prolonged periods or a weekend break.
Mini First Aid Kit
With children, having a first aid kit filled with nothing but plasters would probably have you sorted for about half the problems you face. However, carrying a proper little kit is obviously far more practical and you’ll be thankful should you ever have more than a scraped knee to deal with. That said, buy an extra pack of plasters and stuff them in – no harm in being prepared for the inevitable.
This is the one item routinely forgotten – who dreams of needing it? If you take a moment and think how often it allays fears at home, it should make it onto your list. Even if only for a little peace of mind, it’s helpful.
Don’t allergies just come out of nowhere, sometimes? Itchy arms, sneezing, red eyes – they can be caused by basically anything. Over the counter allergy tablets, as well as prescribed ones, should go in the bag, along with a child friendly smoothing cream, such as calamine lotion, for any rashes.
This encompasses anything and everything to do with having a bad stomach from bloating, to tummy ache, to diarrhoea. If you have children under 12 you’ll be unable to give them many of the tablets an adult would take, and you don’t want to take the risk of giving them any. If it’s a relatively minor upset, feed them normally and keep them hydrated; if it’s more severe use a BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) to help settle their tummy. Anything worse that means they can’t hydrate or keep down any food, might mean a hospital visit.
Make sure anything you pack pain relief that covers all ages in your group, there’s nothing worse than staring at a crying toddler wishing they were a decade older so a tablet would help. This means Calpol for the kids and packs of paracetamol and ibuprofen for adults.
Pretty comprehensive, right? Not quite, you might want to add in some of the following as well –
- Probiotics (for bad tums)
- Rehydration sachets
- Antiseptic cream
- Blister plasters/Compeed
No matter how prepared you are, how often you all wash your hands, or how cautious you get around buffets (be careful around cold meats, dairy, salad and anything that’s not hot enough), sometimes luck is not on your side. It doesn’t happen often, but sometime resorts, restaurants and staff are the cause of your illness; if that happens, then this little kit should have your back. That doesn’t get you back your lost holiday though – if you’ve been ill abroad and want to find out if you could claim back for your ruined holiday, click here to find out more.