Posted on June 22, 2017

Medication and First Aid Supplies are Critical Items to Pack for Road Trips. Here’s Why.

This post is sponsored by Pfizer Pediatrics. We received samples in order to facilitate the post. All opinions are 100% our own.

Critical Items to Pack for Road Trips

Summer is finally here and if you’re like us, you have at least one road trip planned over the next 2 or 3 months. Maybe you’re taking some day trips (make sure you check out our collection of Eastern PA road trip ideas if you’re local) or maybe you’re taking one big cross-country trek. No matter how many miles you plan to log via automobile this summer, there are certain items that you absolutely cannot forget to pack for your next road trip.

What items am I talking about?  No, not the tablets, snacks, drinks or boredom busters that I have mentioned in previous posts with road trip tips.  I am talking about medication and first aid supplies.

Critical Items to Pack for Road Trips

There are several reasons why it’s critical to prepare your supplies in advance:

Price – It’s no big deal to run to the store for a fever reducing medication when you’re at home.  A quick trip to the drugstore, grocery store or big box store will usually net you some medicine at a decent price.  When you are traveling and in an unfamiliar area, you may find yourself picking up medicine that you need at a highway travel plaza or hotel gift shop.  Expect to pay significantly more than regular price for that medicine because at those locations you are paying for convenience.

Selection – While those travel plazas and hotel or amusement park gift shops that I mentioned in the last point typically sell medicine, they are very limited as to what brands and varieties they carry.  Planning ahead and purchasing the specific medicine that your family might require before you hit the road will ensure that you have exactly what need.

Convenience and Availability – I don’t know about you or your family, but in this house, NO ONE ever gets sick at a “convenient” time.  (And that’s probably because there really is no such thing as a convenient time to get sick.)  If you are in a hotel in a town far from home and your kiddo spikes a fever at midnight, the LAST thing you need or want is to have to trek out into the unknown looking for medicine.  You want to have that medicine on hand immediately, ready at any moment.

I highly recommend putting together a DIY first aid kit and keeping it in your car during road trips.  Check out the one I made (plus find a shopping list) here.


In addition to the bandages, antibacterial wipes and tissues, I also toss in the following medications for the kids:

  • Children’s Advil® Suspension, Grape (ages 2-11)
  • (1) Children’s Robitussin ® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief (ages 4+)
  • (1) Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free (ages 6+)

I like to include a variety of medication for the kids to cover the different ailments that they might come down with while we are traveling.  I also make sure that I have medicine that both the 3 year old AND the 8 year old can take. Not sure which meds to pack? Check out the Sick Just Got Real website for lots of helpful information when it comes to pediatric medicine.

Pfizer Medicine

Take a few minutes before you pack for your next road trip and make a list of the medications that you would like to have on hand in case your kids get sick while you are traveling.  Pick them up at the store BEFORE you leave for vacation.  Hopefully you won’t need any of them, but if you do, I guarantee you will be so glad that you are prepared.

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  • shellypeterson

    I don’t have any road trips planned yet.

  • steve weber

    I have a few road trips planned- mostly driving to Chicago for concerts.

  • Dan Dykstra

    We have two road trips to Colorado for weddings.

  • Lisa Brown

    I don’t have any road trips planned for this summer yet.

  • Natalie

    I am going on a road trip to Colorado to visit my brother and niece.

  • Elena Istomina

    I have a California road trip planned

  • arress

    We are traveling to Wyoming this year.

  • Sheila K.

    I do not have any road trips planned for the foreseeable future.

  • dlhaley

    We don’t have any plans yet but we might take a road trip to somewhere.

  • Cheryl Craig-Gross

    We have day trips to the beach planned.

  • Elle

    I do have a road trip to visit family in August.

  • susan1215

    Yes we are going to Denver to visit our family.

  • Jessica To

    We just went on a trip to an adventure park.

  • Chrissy R.

    We have a couple of mini road trips to visit family planned for the summer. Hopefully they will be lots of fun!

  • Barbara Riffe

    A few mini trips planned for summer.

  • latanya t

    I may visit my parents

  • Gina M (Wild Orchid)

    We have a road trip planned this summer – we are going to a family reunion about 10 hours away.

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  • Bridgett Wilbur

    We are going to take the kids to go see there grandparents

  • Breanna Pollard


  • Tracie Cooper

    We are planning a road trip to Texas.

  • PhancyPheet

    We are going to see Phish in Chicago next weekend.



  • Marilyn Nawara

    We have a long weekend trip planned for August — going up to Mackinac Island.

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