It is that time of year where we will spend more and more time over the coming weeks on the road traveling to see family and friends.
I’ve shared with you guys many times the we travel to San Antonio for Thanksgiving every year. This is a 5-6 hour drive for us from Dallas depending on stops. We usually stop once for food and to gas up and then 2 times to walk the dogs and for any potty breaks and diaper changes. That said, our kids sleep a lot when we travel so sometimes no one is awake for a potty break.
My husband does most of the driving. I am not big on driving at night and that is when we travel. I am a much better passenger than I am a driver on long trips.
All of that to say, my husband is a guy who always has safety first at the front of his mind. He does not want to be vulnerable nor does he want his family in danger.
For years we’ve traveled with a first aid kit in the car. With all of these kids in tow, you just have to.
We drive a Suburban so it stays in the back area where we pack everything. Our first aid kit is too large for a glove box.
If you’re wondering what you need to include in your first aid kit, here is a great list of items to get you started.
What to Pack in Your First Aid Kit
- antibiotic ointment
- medical tape
- wound wraps
- emergency blankets
- compass (esp if you are traveling where there is no cell service)
- burn gel
- eye wash
- baby wipes
- hand sanitizer
- pain reliever
- high protein snacks
- throat lozenges (this time of year someone always seems to have a sore throat)
We grabbed everything we needed for our kit at CVS.
We also always travel with a case of water. My husband is adamant we do this. And honestly, he comes by it naturally. When we leave my in-laws to head home after Thanksgiving, my father-in-law always ensures we have water in the car.
This first aid kit also comes in handy when you’re traveling to ball games on the weekends, etc. With six boys in the car, it is just too risky to travel without a kit near by.
You do want to check it often to ensure nothing is expired and to ensure everything is stocked so you’re never without the items that you need.
Something else that is also handy to keep nearby this time of year is cold and flu relief medicine. I am not kidding you every child in this house is sniffling these last few weeks. Colds are going around like crazy. The teenager, tween and my husband grab the daytime and nighttime meds a lot these days. While my in-laws likely already have some cold and flu meds on hand in their medicine cabinet, I just don’t want to risk not having them. We will pack these up this time of year and take with us as well.
Not only can you get all of our first aid items at CVS, but another thing I love is that shopping with CVS and being a member of their ExtraCara program, is I earn 2% back in ExtraBucks when purchasing select items. To redeem, all you need to do is present any rewards coupons and your associated ExtraCare card to the cashier on a subsequent transaction. Your rewards coupon will expire if it is not redeemed as designated on the coupon. Sometimes you will get ExtraBucks in the form of a coupon or code at the end of your receipt as well so watch of those.
You can sign up for an ExtraCare card once you’ve created a CVS.com account. If you already have an account, sign in, go to the ExtraCare page and follow the instructions to Get a Card now. Or visit your local CVS/pharmacy store and get a FREE ExtraCare card on the spot.
Tell me, what is your must have item in your first aid kit and do you travel with it in the car? Let me know if I missed any items that you think should be added.