I always think of the worst-case scenario when it comes to my first aid kit so as you can imagine it’s a pretty big bag. When I’m thinking about what I can take on the plane for my baby in the hand luggage, I think about things like air pressure pain, colds, teething problems, nappy cream, etc.
Here is my list of first aid items I take on a plane for my baby:
Calpol sachets or Tylenol infant: These are very important in case your child’s ears hurt from the pressure or they are in pain with teething.
Saline nasal spray: If your child is suffering from a cold this will help to relieve pressure especially at high altitude.
Aston and Parsons teething powder or teething gel: We swear by Aston and Parsons teething powder, it was a lifesaver when our son was teething. If your child is teething these will really help to soothe, if you prefer a gel then this is also important to pack.
Bepanthen nappy cream: Sore bums are a common occurrence in babies, so a tube of nappy rash cream is a must for a plane journey first aid kit.
Travel Thermometer: If your baby is very unsettled on the flight and you just don’t know why it’s important to be able to check their temperature. A small travel thermometer will help to determine this.
Cooling gel packs: Sometimes babies can get very hot on a flight so pack some cooling gel packs to help cool them down, also great if they have a temperature.
Teethers with gel: Although the teethers are classed as a liquid you can take these on the plane for your little one! Phew!
Tip: Make sure you have paracetamol handy in case your child suffers from their ears due to the air pressure.
Make sure all liquid medicines that are in your hand luggage are put in a clear bag so you can pass through security easily. Split them between all the people you are traveling with so you don’t get stopped for having too much.
Bring a sensible amount in your hand luggage, enough to get you through the airport and flight until you can access your hold luggage when you arrive. Remember no more than 2000ml per container.
As we all know when the plane takes off our ears pop, it’s important to make sure babies ears pressurize without causing them pain. We always give our son a bottle on take-off as the sucking motion helps to pop the ears. If they aren’t due a feed a dummy will also do the job. Just make sure they are sucking on something especially on landing.