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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.
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.
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.
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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Critical Items to Pack for Road Trips