Packing A Mini Medication Kit For Travel
There is so much to remember and pack when you are traveling with your family. This is how we pack a mini medication kit for travel. It is so simple you will wonder why you don’t cary one with you even when you are not traveling.
We recently traveled to London and Paris with our kids for over two weeks and I was a bit concerned about what we were going to do if we needed over the counter medication. Especially in France. I knew that all the packaging was going to be in French and I do NOT read French. So I wanted to have a few basics at my disposal on the off chance we had a minor medical occurrence.
I am so glad I made this mini medication kit. We put it to good use!
This mini medication kit is for capsules, pills, gel caps or anything that would be considered a dry medication.
Look for medication that are in self contained blister packs. Most of the time there will be the product information on the back of the packet complete with expiration date. I didn’t pack the whole box but two to three of our most likely to use medications.
But not all medications come in blister packs. What is a mom to do?
For example my seasonal allergy meds are loose in the bottle. Also ibuprofen and tylenol were loose.I wanted to take them but didn’t want to take the whole bottle.
I made a list!
I wrote down the physical description of the item to include any letters or numbers on it such as: Oval L612.
Then the medication type was written down along with the size. example: Loratadine Allergy, 10 mg.
If the medication came in a blister pack but didn’t have the individual information on the back of the individual pills, I wrote that down as well.
I put everything in a small, purse size air tight container along with my folded up list.
It is not fancy, but it worked for us! Mine was a hand written list but you can type it out and make it pretty. I was just in a rush and that didn’t happen.
I made sure I had a little something to cover most of what might ail us and the kids on this trip.
- Seasonal allergies, we weren’t sure how the different pollens would effect us.
- Gas relief
- Nasal decongestant
- Ibuprofen Jr.
- Extra strength aceminophen
- Anti diarea
See how it just tucks into your purse?!
So simple. This eased my mind just a bit on the off chance we needed some medication.
Turns out we used about half of what I packed in this little case. Plus it saved me from purchasing full size medications while on vacation. I didn’t have to pay full price or cary around a full size box of medication.
Tips For Refreshing Your Medicine Cabinet:
- Stock up on the essentials. Make sure you have the basin necessities including pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, instant cold compresses, cough and cold medicines, throat lozenges and a working thermometer.
- Check expiration dates on all prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. These items are not as effective past the expiration date. Make a list and restock ahead of time so you’r prepared should symptoms strike.
- Don’t flush, dump or toss! Police departments, hospitals and hazardous wast agencies sponsor community ‘drug take back’ programs where you can take unused medications for proper disposal.
I googled ‘drug take back locations near me’ and several places populated within 3 miles of my home.
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