Road Trip Essentials: What to pack for First Aid and Health?

During our road trips, we can’t fully prevent the fact that we get sick or injured on the road. The truth is, injuries and sickness may happen at any time of a trip. But the key to ensuring you or your family stays as healthy as possible, is in being prepared.

In this article, we’re listing the first aid and health essentials that we think can help take care of you and your family. All of these extra supplies, which is in addition to a standard First Aid Kit, should help to have you covered for a large range of incidents you may encounter on a road trip in Australia.

We share with you how we build on our purchased First Aid packs with a broad but necessary range of medicines and equipment to, hopefully, keep our family safe. We also share our list of medical supplies specifically relevant to travel with kids.

This list comes from our experiences as long-time caravanners with kids and doesn’t constitute medical advice. Consult with a health professional and ensure everyone in your family is current in First Aid.


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Setting Up Your First Aid

If you want a quick set up of your first aid, it’s useful to get something comprehensive out of the market. We have three quick options, depending on your needs and family size.

To have our First Aid needs covered, we keep a First Aid Kit in the Caravan, one in the Car and a smaller kit specific for walks, playgrounds and hiking which we keep in our Everyday Caribee Pack.

SURVIVAL First Aid Kit – Compact

The SURVIVAL First Aid Kit – Compact is a basic first aid system that can be carried in a jiffy. It’s small, light and contains equipment you may need for a light trip outdoors.

The SURVIVAL First Aid Kit – Compact consists of:

  1. Tweezers
  2. Shears
  3. Safety Pins
  4. Splinter Probes
  5. Sterile Gloves
  6. Adhesive Dressings
  7. Non-Adhesive Dressing
  8. Skin Cleaning Wipes

This first aid kit is good to store in your Everyday Pack to cars. It is easy to stow and should be easily accessible in any emergency.

SURVIVAL Handy First Aid Kit

A step up from the Survival Compact, Survival Handy has everything that the first kit offers but a little bit more. It is a small but serious kit, made so you can handle emergencies both big and small.

The Survival Handy has everything the Survival Compact had, with a few extras. This includes:

  1. First Aid Booklet
  2. Triangular Bandage for Sling Pressure/Head Bandage
  3. Pressure Bandage
  4. Saline
  5. Hypo-allergenic Tape

All of Survival Handy’s contents are designed to keep you in better health longer until you get to a healthcare professional. For extended adventures, this is a good option for a small family.


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SURVIVAL Traveller/Vehicle First Aid Kit

The SURVIVAL Traveller/Vehicle First Aid Kit is the most comprehensive of all three first aid kits. It is equipped with supplies to handle the first response to general wounds, snake bites and other situations until you can safely visit a healthcare provider.

The system includes everything from the first two kits in greater quantities, together with:

  1. Non-Adherent Wound Dressing
  2. Eye Pads
  3. Fever Scan Strip
  4. Emergency Blanket
  5. Additional Slots for Protective Sprays (Repellent, Sunscreen, Antiseptic Liquid)

The SURVIVAL Traveller/Vehicle First Aid Kit is great for families and adventurers like us. It makes everything much easier to handle.

Include these for better health


First Aid Kits similar to what we showed you above are crucial, however, just these kits alone won’t cover you for injuries and sicknesses. What about headaches? Responding to bites and stings? And everyday bumps and scratches common with kids?

Into a DIY Health First Aid Kit, you may wish to include these items aswell. This is not an exhaustive list, so add your personal touches to your liking.

  1. Snake Bite Kit
  2. Instant Ice Packs
  3. Burn Aid Patches
  4. Travel sick bags
  5. Extra bandaids – various sizes
  6. Paw-paw ointment
  7. Tea-Tree Oil
  8. Antiseptic
  9. Sunscreen
  10. Everyday Insect Repellent
  11. Bushman DEET Repellent
  12. Tick tweezers
  13. Thermometer
  14. Hand Sanitiser
  15. Dettol Cream or Liquid
  16. Painkillers
  17. Itch Relief Cream
  18. Vinegar for stings
  19. Calamine Lotion
  20. Hydralyte powder
  21. Skin Cleansing Swabs
  22. Gastro Stop
  23. Quick-Eze
  24. Sore throat losengers
  25. Voltaren gel
  26. Wheat Bag
  27. Anti-Histamine
  28. Asthma Equipment

For the kids, you may want to also pack:

  1. Children’s Panadol
  2. Children’s Nurofen 
  3. Children’s Zyrtec
  4. Hand sanitiser wipes

Taking care of yourself is important, and being prepared for emergencies is crucial. The old adage about prevention and cure is always relevant in these situations. Always remember to talk to your healthcare professional on what you need for your health.


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