Creating an Emergency Travel First Aid Kit

I can’t believe that it took me until this year to finally create a portable, comprehensive first aid/illness kit. We’ve been on the road a lot and usually that means I inevitably forget something. Having a bag full of “just in case” medications takes up a lot of space and wasn’t working for me. So instead I put together a small kit that I can throw in my purse, the car glovebox or suitcase and know that I have all of my bases covered.

Emergency Kit for Handling Sickness on the Road


The good news? You probably have everything you need already on hand! 

The contents of your bag will likely vary from mine but here’s a list of what I include;

  • Band-aids in a few different sizes.
  • Pepto Bismol tablets
  • Cough Drops
  • Gauze squares
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Congestion tablets
  • Gax-X
  • Advil and Tylenol for adults and children (tablets for kids it old enough)
  • Benadryl or other allergy medication
  • Nausea medication
  • Dramamine
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Toothpaste (because I always forget it!)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • a few day supply of other prescription medications your family needs

This seems like a lot of things and it is – I really feel like no matter what happens I’ve got something on hand. The key is not to overdo it. You don’t need  an entire bag of cough drops, you really don’t need a full package of any of these things. This is for emergencies. It’s enough to get you through a day or two until you can refill or find another source. It’s for those illnesses i the middle of the night when you’re in a hotel room and have no access to any other medications.  For example when we were staying in Fez our oldest ended up with some mild food poisoning. I had pepto bismol, I had nausea medication, and I had Gas X all on hand. I wouldn’t normally pack these things.

Emergency Kit Contents


To keep everything together I use a zippered cosmetic bag. The bigger your bag, the more likely you are to over fill it. Keep it simple and stick with something that is small enough to fit into your purse and won’t encourage you to stuff in more than you really need. You probably already have several on hand but something like this cosmetic bag is a good size. (This one has two sizes, maybe you want to keep a smaller version in your purse and a larger one for your suitcase)

Once you get home be sure that you check your bag and refill it with anything you’ve used. This way you’ll be ready to go the next time and won’t be scrambling to refill it or find yourself missing what you thought you had in the bag.

Do you keep an illness/emergency kit on hand? What would you add? 

Orange Oat Smoothie and 40 Bonus Orange Recipes

When we have visitors one of the very first things they often remark on is the abundance of oranges everywhere. It’s true there are a lot. In winter months, the small mandarins – that are my favorite- make an appearance. Then the more traditional, large oranges begin to appear. Right now there are huge oranges in the markets – they’re the size of a small melon! I’ve always thought that the bigger a fruit got, the less taste it has, but these oranges challenge that. Before we moved here I didn’t drink orange juice, and I might have eaten an orange a handful of times a year – maybe. But now, we eat about a kilo of oranges of a week (2+ pounds), and when the mandarins are in season even more.

There’s nothing better than a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice from the market – and while you can take home a bottle of juice, at some point I need something a little bit more. This orange smoothie incorporates the flavor and health benefits of oranges while introducing some other nutrients too. Feel free to add a scoop or two of your favorite protein powder for an added boost.

Orange Oat Smoothie

Ingredients ­

  •  1 C. orange juice
  • ½ C. skim milk (you can also substitute almond milk)
  • ½ banana
  • ½ C. rolled oats (blend in a food processor or blender – I like to do larger batches beforehand and have it ready to use)
  • 8 oz. plain Greek yogurt

Directions ­

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor and serve immediately.

Makes (2) 8oz. servings.


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