Family travel health is important to ensure you make the most of your time together. A well prepared family travel medical kit can help stop the stress and worry over whether or not your travel insurance covers your trip to the emergency doctor. It also staves off that awkward conversation with the local pharmacist in which you have to act out sickness and diarrhoea due to not speaking the language!
Travelling abroad presents various health challenges such as the lack of drinkable tap water, jellyfish stings, insect bites and infectious diseases. When travelling with kids luggage space is always an issue whether you are going on holiday or travelling full time with tots, tweens or teens in tow. How do you cover all eventualities without carrying a small pharmacy with you?
I’m a big fan of natural alternatives to traditional medicines. I also feel happier travelling through customs in certain countries knowing my luggage isn’t full of drugs, all be it legal, over the counter drugs in our home country!
Over the past few years I’ve also found natural alternatives to be more effective than the Big Pharma equivalent, cheaper and when travelling more readily available.
Our family travel medical kit:
This family travel medical kit contains everything we need to maintain good family health and deal with inevitable family travel health issues that arise on the road. Many of the items are also readily available abroad and are budget friendly too.
- Activated Charcoal – This wonderful black powder has the power to stop a stomach bug almost immediately and it fixes food poisoning fast (it is also fantastic if you’ve over indulged a little the night before).
- Apple Cider Vinegar – To stave off a cold or virus which are so easy to pick up when you are travelling with swarms of people in close spaces. It is also good for sore throats, stomach bugs, urine infections, yeast infections, skin infections, cold sores, stings, bites and the list goes on. The best bit is you can get it in almost any store or supermarket and it averages around 0.99.
- Probiotics – For general immune boosting and for preventing and curing food poisoning. There are so many small bugs that you are not used to when eating in another country and countries outside of the UK and USA have far less pesticides on their fruit and vegetables. Whilst this is a good thing it does sometimes mean an upset stomach which probiotics handle and prevent very well.
- Colloidal Silver Spray – natures anti-bacterial. I’ve found this fixes ear infections, cleans wounds and kills most known bacteria.
- Arnica Cream – a wonder cream for bumps, sprains and unsightly bruises.
- Peppermint Oil – For headaches and as an insect repellant, also apparently keeps spiders away which is a bonus in my book!
- Bicarbonate of soda – Best urinary tract infection cure ever and again readily available in shops around the world.
- Tea Tree Oil – Again, so many uses from head lice preventative to cold sore treatment to insect repellent to bite or sting relief.
- Cold and heat patches – great for aches and pains from uncomfortable journeys and any mild bumps, twists or sprains. I also carry an ankle and knee support too as I have weak joints.
- Plasters/Band-aids and bandages and tape – I think you can work this one out!
- Aloe vera gel – great for cooling down sun burned crispy skin.
- Burnshield – I’ve witnesses this amazing substance work like magic. Burns hurt, burns REALLY hurt and I’ve not seen anything work more effectively or quickly than Burnshield.
- Paracetamol/Ibruprofen and Calpol – not natural I know but I’m not going to leave anyone uncomfortable. If any of the family need pain relief then we have these on hand and the ibruprofen doubles as an anti-inflammatory.
- Imodium and rehydration sachets – to stop that aforementioned chat with the local pharmacist! We tend to only use Imodium if an urgent solution is needed otherwise the activated charcoal works better and is far kinder to your body. The rehydration sachets are only for extreme cases when even water won’t stay down!
- Travel reusable ice cubes – ideal to take the sting out of bites, stings and reduce swelling for any bumps or scrapes, also helps with migraines I get occasionally. Good in cool bags and drinks too!
- Antibacterial wipes – aside from spillages and dirty hands antibacterial wipes are great when you are faced with a less than hygienic place such as a public toilet often without toilet paper or soap!
The text above in blue link to the products I personally use. These are affiliate links which mean I make a tiny amount should you wish to purchase these but you will pay nothing extra. There are many alternative brands out there but I have found these products to work well for our family. I carry these in our family travel medical kit whether we are on a day adventure or a much longer trip.
I’m not a doctor and the above does not constitute medical advice. If you have any questions on how we use the above products please comment below but if you have any medical concerns please consult a trained professional.
Have I left anything out? What do you in your family travel medical kit? Leave your comments below.