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Why is that when you have kids, it seems like the amount of things you need to worry about, goes from 10 to 10,000 things an hour? Multiply that by another 10,000 things while traveling or being away from home. We have been lucky enough to travel all over Europe and let me tell you guys, there is nothing more stressful than packing things for every situation imaginable into a carry on suitcase. Especially in another country, where you can’t just run into Target and get what you forgot. This is why I started preparing a travel first aid kit that could help me in any situation.
One time we were in London and the night before our flight out, I got some kind of stomach bug. I was up all night and have never felt so sick in my life. This was before bringing along a first aid kit and you guys, I was not prepared. I was not prepared at all. We were 30 minutes away from the closest store and our hotel only had carbonated water (barf) and the next morning, my toddler caught the same thing. Of course it started as we were boarding our flight, and of course I had nothing to help her, and we spent the whole flight in the bathroom.
Enter the first aid kit. Totally a lifesaver. I will never let something like that happen again without having something to help get through it. I bring this bag with us everywhere. I have one in our house, and one in our car, and if we travel I throw it in my purse so I can pull things out right away as needed.
Target has the CUTEST first aid bags right now. Perfect to make your own DIY kit with. Here are some important things you will want to include in them:
- Bandages- I always have at least two choices in case my toddler is in a particularly picky mood. Be sure to have a few different sizes to fit the boo-boo you’re dealing with.
- Antiseptic Cleanser- Grab one that doesn’t have alcohol or specifically says “no-sting.” This is a MUST for toddlers and kids of all ages.
- Sterile Gauze Pads- For those nasty falls and accidents.
- Antibiotic Ointment- I let my toddler put it on herself with a q-tip before we put on the bandage. It gets her mind off of what’s happening and she feels like she accomplished something herself!
- Hand Sanitizer or Wipes- Be sure to clean your own hands before/after taking care of your little ones.
- Instant Ice Packs- These are great for sprains or falls, AND if your little one has a fever that is spiking quickly, you can put it on their neck or forehead.
- Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer and Doser- Just in case your little ones get sick while you are traveling or just out and about. The doser is much less of a mess than using a cup, and much more accurate, especially when on th go.
- Hydro-cortisone Cream- For any bug bites or other itch related boo-boos.
- Gummies or Lollipops- I bribe my daughter with these organic gummies from Target if she takes her medicine without arguing with me about it first. Lollipops are great if your little one doesn’t like taking medicine. Just pour their medicine into a cup and dip the lollipop in it! Have them keep doing it until all of the medicine is gone.
- Little Remedies® Probiotic plus Electrolytes– Perfect for those times when your child has an upset stomach, the flu, constipation, or to take with any antibiotics to maintain balanced bacteria in their bellies and support digestion. It provides vital minerals and nutrients to help support hydration, AND contains 5 billion active cultures of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, to help keep the digestive system in balance and supports immune function.*
I also love that it has a great berry taste so I don’t have to fight my toddler to take it. And it has even been shown to reduce crying by 60% in as little as one week! The best part about it, is it has NO parabens, artificial flavors, or artificial dyes. Mamas rejoice!
I know you guys will be at Target soon, and from 4/24 to 5/14 you can buy 1 Little Remedies product, and get a $5 gift card in your pocket. It is a BRAND NEW product and is found in the digestive aisle at Target. Go out and get yourself prepared, get $5 back, and grab yourself a coffee with it! Win win.
Do you guys have any stories of a time you wish you were more prepared? Would having a first aid kit to travel with have helped?
**This statement has not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.