Remember to Pack These Items!
An over-the-counter antihistamine can relieve the symptoms of different types of allergies (food, seasonal, indoor). It can also help to treat rashes caused by poisonous plants like poison ivy.
Aloe Vera Gel
This cooling gel, made from the leaves of the aloe vera plant, is useful for treating sunburn, blisters, bug bites and even blemishes.
Saline Nasal Spray
It’s not the most pleasant sensation, but using a saline nasal spray periodically to keep mucus membranes moist may help to lower your chances of getting sick when traveling.
In case of a skinned knee or stubbed toe, have a few adhesive bandage strips stashed in your travel first aid kit. Clean the abrasion with soap and water, and let it dry thoroughly, before applying the bandage.
Twisted an ankle running after a Frisbee? A stretchy fabric bandage comes in handy to support sprains. It can also be used to maintain pressure on a bad cut and to hold an ice pack against a bump or bruise.
Taking ibuprofen tablets or capsules is another method for relieving inflammation and soreness. Always follow the indications on the product label, though.
Indulging in rich foods and eating more than normal can cause heartburn or upset the stomach. A variety of over-the-counter products can help alleviate many stomach symptoms.
Use these to rid yourself or your child of a bothersome hangnail instead of biting the skin or nail (yuck!).