Food allergies. Bug bites. Scented fabric softeners. Soap. Name something and you can likely find someone else with an allergic response. In our unique humanness comes a slew of sensitivities and reasons to be aware and to be prepared. Traveling is no different. It may even be best to have a vacation emergency kit that helps everyone in your party stay well when traveling. it doesn't need to be big and it doesn't need to be a full medic kit. But it does need to be present and ready at a moment's notice. Consider the following in your kit:
Whether your family is going on a trip or you are just going to lay out in the sun and read a book, sunscreen is more important now than ever. The New England Journal of Medicine reports that melanoma skin cancer rate has steadily increased over the past three decades and continues rising. Don't forget to protect your exposed skin. If you have a small sunscreen in your vacation emergency kit then you’ll always have some with you.
You can still get a little sun-chapped even when using sunscreen. Nothing feels better or works better on that burned skin that a dab of aloe. It eases the pain and cools the temps.
3. BLISTER GUARDS
Vacations often bring about unusual amounts of walking and hiking. Even if you're shoes are broken in, there is the possibility of them rubbing your feet a little raw around the Achilles tendon just because of the increased movement. Carry a blister guard or five. They are more padded than band-aids and help cushion your feet.
4. BASIC FIRST AID SUPPLIES
This can be purchased in a small, plastic kit from almost any drug store. It typically contains some band-aids, a tube of 3-in-1 ointment, an alcohol wipe, and a few other things. They are perfect for scrapes and cuts, which can happen at any given moment.
Ibuprofen is the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to painkillers. Don't travel without it. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as a headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps, or minor injury.
6. ALLERGY MEDICINE
You may accidentally eat a peanut. You may break out at the very smell of your bed duvet. You just never know when you or someone you are traveling with may have an allergic reaction to any number of things. Benadryl can be your first line of defense during a reaction and can often times bring the situation into control.
7. DISPOSABLE HEAT WRAPS
Nothing says "ouch" quite like the end of a long hiking day. The weight of your pack mixed with heat mixed with long hours, can make for an uncomfortable evening. Carrying a disposable heat wrap can aid in that as they provide heat therapy for temporary relief of minor muscular and joint aches and pains associated with overexertion, strains, sprains, and arthritis.
Whether combined with an antihistamine or not a decongestant can make a change in weather conditions much more bearable. Nobody likes to be clogged up during vacation!
9. BUG SPRAY
You never know when the mosquitos are going to decide to carry you away to a far-off place. Why not get rid of them first? It may even be essential to happiness depending on where you are staying.
10. EMERGENCY CARD
This doesn't need to be fancy or purchased online. It can be printed at home and then laminated at an office store or with a home laminator. An emergency card gives your name, your home contact, an emergency contact, lists any known allergies, etc. It is a good idea to keep in your wallet, fanny pack, or jacket pocket at all times in case something happens where you can't speak or give proper information.
While most vacation go off without a hitch and there are no emergencies to speak of, it is always good to be prepared. You don't want to rely on your host or the people you are traveling with to take care of you in all situations. Plan ahead. Pack smart. Have fun!
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