The Travelling Pharmacy

Traveling with kids means packing for kids, and for some, the thought of this is enough to put them right off of going on holiday. Lets face it, the key to a successful time away with kids is superb planning before hand.

We always take a good supply of meds with us when we leave town. Mostly because fevers tend to hit us in the middle of the night and who wants to be driving around a new town looking for a 24 hour pharmacy or sitting in the local casualties when with a little bit of planning, it could have been avoided!

That said, it can be a little daunting deciding how to be prepared without having to pack your entire medicine cabinet. Children’s meds are much more tricky to pack than adult medication as they are mostly in liquid form and therefore difficult to condense. The majority of healthcare professionals will advise against decanting meds into smaller containers due to potential hazards or mislabeling.

Most paediatric medications come in volumes that are acceptable for air travel, but be sure to check the air travel guidelines if you are flying before taking your meds on board with you.

Assembling your kit:

You are going to want to choose a container or bag that is tall enough for medicine bottles to stand upright as well as something that provides a little padding to cushion the bumps. A vanity bag or small cooler bag is a good option. Add some ziplock bags and compartmentalise similar meds in these – this could save you a lot of cleaning if one of the bottles do happen to break or spill. 


Now we can move onto what we really need to take with us. You are going to want to keep it simple, but effective and you will most likely need to customise this list according to your child’s needs, allergies and medical conditions. Your kit may also differ from season to season.

nausea drops & travel sickness bands – I picked these drops up from our homeopath and they are simply marvellous. Our eldest used to get car sick on any trip that went longer than an hour and I always dosed her up on something stronger, that however, left her feeling very groggy and ‘out of it’. Now, she can enjoy the trip without extreme fatigue or vomiting!


antihistamines & nasal spray – because even if you don’t catch a cold, new environments can trigger some nasty sneezes.


paracetamol & ibuprofen – our kids each react differently to these, for one calpol does the trick and for the other nurofen kicks a temp straight away.


oral rehydration solution – powder form is best as it’s super easy to travel with. The only solution I have ever gotten my kids to drink is Orange Hydrachoice (it really is the nicest tasting of all those that are available). You may also want to add an anti-diarrhoea and buscopan to your kit.

ear drops – especially if its summer and your kids are prone to post swimming ear ache

small thermometer – loving the dinky size of nuk’s new digital thermometer


measuring cups, spoons or syringes – because teaspoons are never a proper 5ml

plasters, tweezers, antiseptic spray/ cream & anti-bacterial cream – for cuts, splinters grazes and the like


mylocort, anthisan, arnica & burnshield – for bug bites, bumps or sudden reactions & rashes


a bandage or two – because accidents happen and I’d rather be prepared


Child specific meds – for us this means asthma pumps, spacers and nasal spray


And that’s it. You can now relax knowing that you are well equipped to handle anything that your little people may bring your way.

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