What should I pack in my child’s first aid travel kit?

Load up on fever reducers, band-aids, nose drops, and other chronic medications if necessary.

Traveling with children is no fun when they get sick. It's important to be prepared if you are away from home and your little one is under the weather. Here are a few ideas of what to bring with you just in case.

Fever reducers

Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen is a must. You don’t want to have to make a run to the drugstore when you are away from home if your child has a fever. Also don’t forget the thermometer!


An antihistamine such as Benadryl is always helpful to have on hand in case of an allergic reaction or hives. Benadryl cream or a steroid cream is also great to have on hand for insect bites or rashes.

Band-aids and antibiotic ointment

Don’t forget the Band-aids and antibiotic ointment for scratches and scrapes. An ice pack may come in handy too.

Saline nose drops

If your little one gets a cold, saline nose drops and a bulb syringe will help keep your child more comfortable.

Chronic medications

Finally, don’t forget any chronic medications, even if your child does not use them every day. Examples include an EpiPen if your child has severe allergies, an asthma inhaler or nebulizer, or any prescription medications your child may need.

Important phone numbers

It is also helpful to have the phone numbers of the poison control center, a local hospital in the area where you are traveling, as well as the number of your pediatrician.

Reviewed by Dr. Kristie Rivers, September 2020


  1. I have a small first aid kit in my purse that goes everywhere with me and it always has band aids! These things are life savers and seem to cure anything thing painful on my girls bodies. I also just recently added the poison control number to my cell phone for emergencies when I was asked at the pediatricians office if I knew the number. It is always better to be over prepared than not at all!


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