Welcome to “Travel Tip Tuesday” part of an ongoing series of posts intended to help you be prepared for problems that can occur while traveling.

Many, if not all, amusement park venues have at least one first aid station that can take care of minor (and some major) injuries. The Walt Disney World and Walt Disney Land resorts have a first aid station in each park that is staffed while the resorts are open.  Walt Disney World in Florida does not have a first aid station in the Downtown Disney area, but Walt Disney Land in California does. That being said, there is a certain level of self-sufficiency that I like to have, especially since the first aid station may be busy or not conveniently close.

With that in mind, let’s talk about how to be prepared for a day or weekend trip to an amusement park. My family is partial to the Disney family of entertainment, so I’ll mostly use that as a reference, but the ideas will carry over to Universal or Six Flag parks as well.

There are a number of passable first aid kits on the market, with brands like Johnson & Johnson, AAA, Lifeline, and Coleman. These are all basically adequate, but the smaller sizes tend to neglect some of what I consider to be important items. So, let’s examine what I think should be in a “park kit” to throw in the diaper bag or backpack when visiting an amusement park.

Since space is at a premium, I want to keep this small, about the size of a typical zipper-lock sandwich bag. If possible, prefer to use a 1 quart freezer bag, since the plastic is a bit thicker and will stand up to more abuse.

Since we’re planning on going to an amusement park, we’ll probably be on our feet and in the sun for a good part of the day, and need to plan accordingly by including some sunblock and something to stop blisters from forming. We also want to include a small variety of bandages for the inevitable cuts and scrapes.

Here are some of my recommendations. Similar products can be picked up at Walgreens, Target, Walmart or your local pharmacy.

  • Quart freezer bag to hold everything
  • 4-10 bandages of various shapes and sizes (I like 1 @ 1 3/4in. x 4 in. , 2@ 5/8 in. x 2 1/4 in., 3@ 3/4 in. x 3 in. and 4@ 1 in. x 3 in.) If you are planning for the kids, too, consider getting some “character” bandages as well.
  • Small size of sunscreen.sunblock of at least SPF 30. For convenience, I really like the Nutrogena SPF 30 oil-free sunblock stick. The best sunscreen is both UVA and UVB, since that blocks both the “burning” rays and the “skin cancer” rays
  • Lip balm with high SPF. 15 is acceptable, but 30 or higher is better (like the Banana Boat Aloe Very sunscreen lip balm with SPF 45)
  • Antiseptic. For this kit, I like the Neosporin “Neo to Go” spray.
  • Small container of non-aspirin pain reliever. Again, for size, Advil makes a great one
  • A pair of point-tipped tweezers for sliver or bee stinger removal. This may be available in the pharmacy, but you’re sure to find something like this in the “health and beauty” section
  • 3-4 doses of your preferred allergy medicine. Zyrtec makes single-dose cards, while others like Benadryl, Allegra, and Sudafed are available in multi-dose blister packs that you can break up yourself
  • Moleskin or special blister covers

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