Summer Health Tips and Hints | First Aid Essentials | RTX Traveler Magazine

It’s always good to keep a first aid kit handy any time of year, whether you’re on a weekend road trip or a weeklong vacation. The summer months mean more time outside, increased activity and a higher probability of actually needing to use the first aid kit, especially if you have kids. Check out our suggestions for items to stock up on and keep handy to keep your family safe and healthy this summer.

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The Basics

These items don’t take up much space and can save lots of time (and tears) in the case of minor scrapes, burns, cuts or other mishaps.

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Moleskin
  • Gauze pads
  • Medical tape
  • Disinfecting wipes or spray
  • Antibiotic and/or hydrocortisone cream
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Small scissors
  • Ziploc bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Sting relief
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Medications

These may vary depending on your family’s individual needs, allergies or sensitivities, but keeping un-expired over-the-counter medications on hand can avoid lots of headaches (literally and figuratively). Of course, be sure to consult with your doctor before taking any medications or giving them to a family member.

  • Antihistamine for allergies
  • Medications for a variety of digestive issues including nausea, diarrhea, heartburn and acid reflux
  • Eye drops for allergies or contact wearers
  • Aspirin for mild pain or heart attack
  • Acetaminophen as pain reliever and fever reducer
  • Ibuprofen for menstrual cramps and as anti-inflammatory
  • EPI pen (if necessary)
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Seasonal or Situational

Certain times of year may mean more exposure to the sun, bug bites and bee stings and cold or flu viruses. Certain situations like air travel or overseas travel may call for additional items in your traveling kit.

  • Sunscreen is good to have any time of year, but especially in the summer.
  • Aloe, in case the above was forgotten or didn’t do the trick
  • Cold & flu tablets and/or throat lozenges
  • Sting relief
  • Electrolyte powder packets, Airborne or EmergenC for immune system support when traveling by plane or train.

 

Tips:

  • Over-the-counter medications for your first aid kit may vary depending on your family’s individual needs, allergies or sensitivities. Of course, be sure to consult with your doctor before taking any medications or giving them to a family member.
  • It’s a good idea to re-stock your first aid kit every 6 months, before fall/winter and again before spring/summer. You can replace anything that has expired, and be sure to have supplies for the upcoming season.
  • Include a sheet of paper (laminated or in a plastic sheet protector to protect from moisture) with the phone numbers of your family pediatrician, health insurer and emergency contacts along with a list of any conditions, allergies or prescriptions you or your children have.
  • You can buy a pre-made first-aid kit and add to it as needed, or you can create your own with different kits for your home, your car and for your suitcase. Once you’ve created a kit for each place, be sure it stays where it belongs.
  • Keep your home first-aid kit in the kitchen rather than in the bathroom. It’s easier to access, and the humidity in bathrooms can shorten the life of medications and other supplies in the kit.

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