A really practical and well thought-out first-aid kit – indispensable for the (first) holiday with a baby or with small children in general. Because when the baby is teething, a cold is fully approaching or wasp stings, climbing or (walking) accidents and the like threaten to spoil the holiday, the search for the nearest pharmacy is often an extra stress factor that you really don't need – especially not abroad.
In order to prevent exactly that, we have collected our accumulated knowledge of mothers and midwives and put together the products that should not be missing in any first-aid kit. From first aid to standard cold remedies, you'll find a complete list of all our favorite products here, so you don't have to worry about anything - apart from going to the pharmacy.
The first-aid kit: Everything for emergencies, but not too much
Of course, the perfect holiday is one in which the first-aid kit remains completely untouched. All tips are therefore actually to be regarded as emergency products, because in most cases they are not even used. More of everything would of course always work, but carrying too many emergency items through world history really doesn't have to be the case, so we've kept the list as short and concise as possible. Here are the products that we cannot do without in our personal first-aid kit:
- A soothing and regenerating ointment, such as Weleda's Combudoron Gel: Helps with insect bites, as well as burns or sunburn.
- Tick tweezers
- Suppositories for fever or pain of any kind, for example, Viburcol
- Ibuprofen suppositories or syrup for babies, for example, Nurofen
- Angelica balm from Bahnhofsapotheke, to open airways
- Myrtle-thyme balm from Bahnhofsapotheke for rubbing in during colds
- Saline solution as nasal drops, for example, NaCl 0.9%, or a sea salt nasal spray for babies
- Fever thermometer
- A small cold pack to reduce fever (especially recommended in hot regions), our grape seed pillow is very suitable for this purpose because it provides gentle cold that you can apply to the skin when you have a high fever
Test strips for urinary tract infections, such as Combur Test HC
- Dentition globules, such as Osanit, or the teething aid of your choice.
- Dental oil from Bahnhofsapotheke or Osa tooth gel.
- Fever and teething suppositories, for example, from Weleda - unless you already have other suppositories with you, as classic ibuprofen suppositories are also sufficient.
AND WHAT SHOULD ALWAYS BE INCLUDED IN GENERAL:
- Good wound care for sore bottoms, for example, comfrey ointment from Bahnhof Apotheke
- Sunscreen for babies (direct sunlight exposure in the first year of life should be avoided as much as possible because the skin is so thin and sensitive!)
- Insect repellent (preferably a mosquito net for over the stroller)"
- (Children's) bandages in various sizes, for example, Hydrogel bandages from Hansaplast
- Arnica wipes, for example, from Wala: They have a cooling, anti-inflammatory effect and provide acute pain relief, perfect for first aid in case of sprains, bruises, and more.
- Comfrey ointment from Bahnhof Apotheke: Suitable for everything from diaper rash and abrasions to wound care.
- Sterile compresses for first aid, we love Dr. Tills' first aid kit.
- Skin disinfection spray, for example, Octenisept, which doesn't sting.
- Saline solution in ampoules: For flushing wounds or even eyes (e.g., to flush out sand particles) and the nose.
- A small cold pack or even better, an instant cold compress.
- Splinter tweezers.
- A cooling and regenerating ointment, such as Combudoron Gel from Weleda: Helps with insect bites, as well as burns or sunburn.
- Mosquito patches or Fenistil Gel for mosquito bites for children prone to allergies.
- Fenistil drops for mosquito bites, for children prone to allergies. (Please only use after consulting a doctor, and be sure to follow the age recommendations!)
- Tick tweezers or tick card.
- Heat pen for insect bites (e.g., bite away).
- Suppositories for fever or pain of all kinds.Ibuprofen suppositories or syrup for babies/children, e.g., Nurofen.
- Angelica balm from the Bahnhof Apotheke to open airways and prevent sore noses.
- Thyme myrtle balm from the Bahnhof Apotheke to rub on the chest, neck, and back for colds (Always consult with a pediatrician!).
- Cooling pad to reduce fever (especially recommended in hot regions); our grape seed pillow is very suitable as it provides gentle cooling that can be applied to the skin for high fever.
- Saline solution as nasal drops, e.g., NaCl 0.9%, or a saline nasal spray for babies and toddlers (for emergencies, a decongestant nasal spray, but be sure to consult with a pediatrician first!).
- Fever thermometer, e.g., Braun ThermoScan.
- Electrolyte solution in individual sachets, e.g., Oralpädon: Elektrolyt-Lösung in Einzelsachets, z.B. Oralpädon
- Probiotic for children, e.g., omni-biotic panda in individual sachets or Mama & Baby Flor from Into Life: Probiotikum für Kinder, zum Beispiel omni-biotic panda in Einzelsachets oder Mama & Baby Flor von Into Life
- Test strips for urinary tract infections, e.g., Combur Test HC: Test-Streifen für Harnwegsinfektionen, zum Beispiel Combur Test HC
- Euphrasia eye drops, for example, from Wala: For various issues, from conjunctivitis to irritated eyes due to drafts, air conditioning, and more.
- Saline solution in ampoules: For rinsing eyes - sand in the eye is very uncomfortable and happens frequently during beach vacations.
Ear drops for middle ear infections or colds, for example, Otovowen.
- A teething aid of your choice (definitely check out the Kaumarie, kids love it because it reaches the back teeth).
- Dental oil for external use from the Bahnhofsapotheke.
- Fever and teething suppositories - Please always consult with your pediatrician and only use them in emergencies.
And what should always be included in general:
- Sunscreen for children over one year old (direct sunlight exposure in the first year of life should be avoided as the skin is thin and sensitive!)
- Insect repellent
- Glucose, especially when traveling to hot climates
- Small bottle of Sterilium for hand disinfection
- Disinfectant wipes or spray for disinfecting surfaces in public places (airplane, airport, or train toilets are often not as hygienically clean as you might be used to, so be prepared.)
And if the luggage allows:
- Recover Spray: For moms after the flight, long car rides; but also for insect bites and wounds.
- Grapeseed pillow: Can be used warm for stomach or growth pains, as well as cold for insect bites or bumps.
- Cough wrap plates for clearing and soothing the airways, especially for small children, e.g., from dm (drugstore).
Homoeopathic remedies such as Arnica, Belladonna, Apis, or Aconitum in globule form can be very effective for various complaints and are therefore part of our personal travel pharmacy. However, the administration of homoeopathic remedies is very individual, so it's best to consult with your midwife or doctor if you decide to use them.
In carry-on luggage.
On long trips where you don't have direct access to your luggage, it makes sense to have a small selection of medications in your carry-on luggage for easy access. This can save you stress if any issues arise during your journey. Here are our personal tips for being on the go:
- Ibuprofen suppositories or liquid for babies/children, such as Nurofen.
- Saline solution in ampoules: for nasal rinsing, which helps babies with pressure equalization during flights.
- Glucose tablets, in case of vomiting and diarrhea while traveling.
- Disinfectant wipes or spray for disinfecting surfaces in public places (airplane, airport, or train toilets are often not as hygienically clean as you might expect, so it's good to be prepared).
- Hand sanitizer.
And what should of course always be there:
- Sunscreen for children over one year old, but also for babies (in an emergency, direct sunlight should of course be avoided in the first year of life!)
- Mosquito repellent
- Dextrose, especially when going to countries with hot temperatures
- Small bottle of sterilium to disinfect hands
- Disinfectant wipes or spray to disinfect surfaces in public places
The all-round carefree package:
Much of this and some other, quite specific things for accidents can also be found in Dr. Till's emergency bag, a first aid bag already packed. A really nice project, the proceeds of which go to research for premature babies and make packing your own first-aid kit a lot easier, since (almost) everything has been thought of, even splinter and tick tweezers are included.
We would supplement the emergency bag with additional sterile compresses and an extra plaster pack in different sizes. Also Octenisept for disinfecting without burning and the Arnica wipes from Wala, which we simply love for everything, as well as a classic wound and healing cream are definitely part of it.
We still have a few of the bags in the shop, but otherwise there is more information about the really practical heart project here.
Is it worth researching and saving emergency numbers on your first day in a new country so that you have them to hand in case of an emergency? This also applies to the nearest pharmacies or hospitals - even if you are only in another city.
The vaccination card, any allergy cards and if you want to be on the safe side, even the U booklet should always be with you - with children it is no longer possible to travel with quite as light luggage as without. But with even more joy and the privilege of seeing the world through children's eyes again.
With this in mind: Happy Holidays!