Road Trip Planning: Creating a Mobile First Aid Kit

The thing about a marathon road trip is that you live out of the car, literally. Which means that everything you need, you need to pack with you or know for sure you’ll have access to along the way. One of the things we’ve learned to plan for is a first aid kit and our mobile medicine cabinet.

Each family is going to be slightly different in what they need in their first aid kit and mobile medicine cabinet, but there are some basics to plan for:

1. Any prescription medications, enough for all the days you are going to be gone plus a few to spare, just in case. You may also want to bring along a copy of your prescription in case you need an emergency refill.

Keep a first aid kit in the car for those first aid emergencies 2. a First Aid kit, either a prepackaged one or a homemade one will do. In our case, we keep a prepackaged first aid kit in the car and then supplement a few key items, like instant ice packs and more bandages and antibiotic ointment.

3. Any over-the-counter medications or homeopathic remedies you commonly use or need, such as something for headaches, sore throats, and/or sinus stuffiness. You’ll want something safe for your children, in case they pick up something along the way.

Don't forget the instant ice packs, vitamins, and motion sickness medicine 4. Vitamins and minerals, especially those containing B vitamins (they really help with alertness when you’ve been driving for hours on end.)

If you are going to be going to high-altitudes, a package of Emergen-C is very helpful to combat the effects of changing altitudes rapidly (as is lots of water!).

5. Any allergy medications your family might need. You will be going to a new environment, a new climate, you never know what you’ll run into.

6. Motion sickness tablets or homeopathic remedies you might need for family members who are prone to get car sick.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your family’s health. And believe me, there some stretches of road out there where you won’t see a drug store, grocery store, or any store for miles. By taking a little extra time to put together a first aid kit for the car and a mobile medicine cabinet, you’ll ensure that you have the basics with you if you need it.

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