Family holidays are a great adventure, anticipation and excitement of a new destination and fun to be had!


Essential Medical Kit for Families

Take a moment in your holiday planning to think about keeping the family healthy by packing a few useful medical items so that you will have things on hand if someone isn’t well – saving you valuable time (which we all know is precious on holiday) and money.

Here are a few suggestions of what to include in your family toiletry kit – you can purchase travel size toiletries from chemists which don’t take up much room, keep them in a small plastic cosmetic bag or invest in a travellers First Aid Kit.

  • Cleansing/baby wipes
  • Pocket tissues
  • Hand sanitizers (use as often as possible)
  • Cream for baby nappy rash
  • Forehead Thermometer
  • Pain Killers
  • Antihistamines – for allergies and insect bites
  • Insect repellent
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic cream and wipes – for minor cuts
  • Diarrhoea tablets
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Arnica cream to treat bruises
  • Sun cream – high factor for kids, and cover up
  • After sun cream
  • Take enough prescription medicine with you and keep in your hand luggage

Keep a few items in your hand luggage too, in case you need a few things before you get to your destination, obviously in small packages if your travel involves a flight.

Top Tips for the family to stay healthy

  • Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat in the sun to avoid sunstroke
  • Avoid drinking tap water but drink plenty of bottled water to keep hydrated
  • Try and avoid undercooked meat, shellfish and salads – these might not have been washed in safe water – to avoid upset tummy bugs

If health problems are a bit more serious

  • Local Chemists always have a lot of knowledge on minor ailments which is free and they can prescribe medication for minor problems
  • When you are out and about, check where the nearest Pharmacy or hospital is located
  • If you do need to seek professional emergency assistance
    • Take your EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) if you are in Europe to the clinic / hospital.
    • Keep a copy of your Travel Insurance Policy Schedule with you which has the emergency assistance telephone number for serious medical emergencies

Hopefully your holiday will go completely smoothly but in the event of any minor ailments occurring you will be fully prepared.
Keep well and of course, enjoy your important family time together.


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