Travel Must-Haves for Infants and Toddlers

If you're traveling this season, you know to pack items that will soothe and entertain your baby or toddler along the way. There are two other take-along kits, however, that are just as essential as an activity kit—a basic medical kit and a "maintenance" kit. Consider carrying these kits with you instead of packing them at the bottom of the car trunk or checking them with your luggage in case you need to get to them quickly.

The Medical Kit should include the following:
-- Prescription medications in childproof containers
-- Thermometer
-- Bandages
-- Medicine for diarrhea
-- Antihistamine for colds or allergies
-- Glycerin suppository for constipation
-- Diaper rash ointment
-- Sunscreen lotion
-- Vitamins
-- Vital information such as the pediatrician's phone number and the medial insurance number

The Maintenance Kit should include the following:
-- Washable or disposable changing surface (Plastic garbage bags work well and can be used for diaper disposal.)
-- Disposable diapers
-- Pre-moistened towelettes or wipes for easy clean-up
-- Ointment or powder for diaper rash
-- Plastic bags for used diapers
-- Sealed containers of fruit juice and baby food.
-- Eating and drinking utensils, including a baby bottle, spoon, and cup
-- Bib
-- Protective clothing such as a sweater, jacket, a warm hat, or a sun hat
-- Full change of clothing
-- Baby blanket

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