Travel Tip: What to pack in your travel medical kit

Beach fun (credit: Hilton Sandestin)

Beach fun (credit: Hilton Sandestin)

Florida Vacation Guide: What to put in your travel emergency medical kit

None of us expects to be sick while on vacation but it happens. Yes, there are pharmacies in Florida and you’ll be able to get just about anything you need to help in the case of an emergency, but it’s nice to have a kit at the ready, just in case.

The contents of your travel medical kit will obviously be different if you’re traveling with very young children versus traveling with a senior, but here are some suggestions that will help you get started.

What to pack in your travel medical kit

First of all, make sure you have enough of your prescription medications to last you while you’re gone. If it’s very important medication, it wouldn’t hurt to have an extra refill just in case you should lose one.

Airlines do have restrictions on liquids and sharps but if you have prescription medications for these types of items, bring a note from your healthcare provider explaining what they are for so you may keep them in your carry-on luggage rather than your checked bags.

First Aid Supplies

  • Topical antibiotic (such as Polysporin)
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Adhesive sutures (“butterfly stitches’)
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Plastic tweezers
  • Blister pads or moleskin
  • Cotton wool balls
  • A quick reference first aid card


  • Kids’ ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine
  • Aftersun lotion
  • Calamine lotion
  • Aloe Vera
  • Motion sickness medication
  • Glycerine suppositories
  • Antacid
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Cold and flu medicine

Other considerations

If you wear contact lenses, make sure you remember to bring some extras on vacation with you. Also make sure you have some sunscreen and insect repellent with you.

Keep a copy of your travel health insurance paperwork with you, just in case the worst should happen.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it should help you determine what’s most important for you to bring along with you in the event that someone ends up not feeling well.

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Are there any items that you would add to our list of items to pack in a travel safety kit?