It’s here, friends! The hot, hazy days of summer!
And, if you’re lucky enough to take a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle, you’ll want to pack up the kids, pack up your troubles, and be the most prepared mom! Today, I’ll show you how to ensure you’ve got the essentials you need for safe, summer fun.
Essential #1: Sunscreen. (I am totally NOT going to tell you to pack sunscreen. It’s 2016, folks! We know the negative effects of damage caused by harmful UVA and UVB rays. And if you don’t know, look it up! Trust me on this one.)
Essential #2: Insect Repellent. This is a new addition to my list; in the past, I’ve simply believed that bug bites were a part of growing up. I mean, who doesn’t remember sitting on the porch until the streetlights came on, swatting mosquitoes away while making the most of the long, humid summer evening? However, mosquitoes today have the potential to carry a variety of unsavoury viruses, including West Nile Virus which can be found in our own backyard! Therefore, wherever you’re headed this summer, pack a quality insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
Essential #3: BENADRYL®. So, what happens when bites happen? Remember to pack Children’s BENADRYL® Liquid, BENADRYL® Itch Spray and BENADRYL® Itch Stick. They’re staples for every travel kit and provide fast, effective relief of skin itch and pain caused by allergic reactions and insect bites/stings. And, BENADRYL® has been moms’ and doctors’ first choice for kids’ allergies and allergic reactions for over 60 years, so you know you can trust it for your little ones.
(Psst! Canadian travellers have voted BENADRYL® as their favourite brand for Allergy Medicine in Trip Advisor’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards! Travellers’ Choice Awards are determined by surveying thousands of travelers around the world. Just another reason to “REMEMBER THE DRYL®”! Read and submit your own product review of BENADRYL® on Bazaarvoice.)
Essentials #4: Tweezers, Scissors, Gauze and Tape. I know, it sounds like they should be essentials in every first aid kit. However, with the restrictions involved with air travel, more and more moms are simply leaving these items at home. Don’t. Please don’t. Pack them in a separate kit – apart from your medications – in your checked baggage. You’ll never know when you may need them! On a recent trip to Orlando, my 6-year old son took a spill on a boardwalk. An hour later, I was removing over twenty small splinters from his hands and knees with my tweezers. It wasn’t fun, but I was very happy I came prepared!
Essential #5: A Quality No-Touch Thermometer. When you’re on vacation, it’s not the right time to play the guessing game with whether or not your child has a fever (and if it requires intervention to bring it down). Plain and simple, those flimsy travel thermometers will not always provide the most accurate measurement. And when it comes to your child’s fever, trust me, accuracy is your friend. So, invest in a quality “no-touch” (or forehead) thermometer, and make sure it always has fresh batteries before you travel.
I hope these tips will help you become the most prepared mom! If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments for us all to see. Have a wonderful summer, all!
This post was sponsored by the makers of BENADRYL®. Thoughts and opinions are my own. This post should not be used to diagnose your allergy symptoms, or the cause of them. Seek a health care professional if you experience any signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction, and always read and follow the label.