Spring brings the onslaught of extracurricular activities in my family… most families, I suppose.

We have soccer and cheerleading, bike riding and rollerblading, beach visits and track and field, camping, road trips etc – any of which can bring on bug bites and boo boos while you’re away from home.

You could carry around your full-sized first aid kit if you were motivated (and a far better mother than I am) or you could collect a few of the key components and make a purse first aid kit that doesn’t take up much space, but will get you through until you get home. This is what I carry around. I have a few friends who have recently started working in a hospital. As I was telling them about my mini first aid kit I carry in my bag, they mentioned how they had to find the best CPR training courses in their area, to be able to get fully prepared before they started working with patients. For them, it was a lot to take in, but that is all part of the job. They knew it was something that would be rewarding in the long run. Many places, especially within the workplace ask you are first aid trained and it could really save a life.

Purse First Aid Kit / Summer travel first aid kit

I gathered up some of our frequently used items like Tylenol (for after cheerleading and soccer games), Aleve for muscle strain and Tums for those drive-thru dinners on the way to and from our events.

After that I added in a few less-used, but more important items like Polysporin for scraped elbows and knees, a few bandaids (because if they need more than 5 bandaids we should probably be going to emerg.), After Bite for our Madison – we call her “Sweet Meat” because the mosquitos can’t seem to get enough of her, Benadryl just in case of a bee sting or allergic reaction and finally a sample-size of Nivea to soothe a fresh sunburn.

I packaged it all up in this little pill dispenser container:
Purse First Aid Kit / Summer travel first aid kit

I used a pair of pliers to break out three of the compartment dividers so I could fit the full tubes, but I did see this awesome idea (below) if you wanted something smaller:

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Purse First Aid Kit / Summer travel first aid kit

You can label each compartment if you wish, but most medication now comes with its name right on each pill, so I figured that was enough to remind me that these aren’t brightly coloured candies.

Okay, the Tylenol I tend to take like candies, but the rest are serious. (Have you been on a field trip or to cheer practice lately? – Calgon, take me away!)Purse First Aid Kit / Summer travel first aid kit

After I took these photos of my purse first aid kit I decided to add in a small bottle of eye drops (I get dry eyes) and a pair of tweezers just in case of slivers.Purse First Aid Kit / Summer travel first aid kit

That’s it!

Here’s our full-size first aid kit, and here’s my itty-bitty purse first aid kit:

Purse First Aid Kit / Summer travel first aid kit

Less than a handful and easy to tuck away.

Purse First Aid Kit / Summer travel first aid kit

Another siege in my continuing battle to NOT dislocate my shoulder with the weight of my purse…

Purse First Aid Kit / Summer travel first aid kit

Supplies: (included here because some of Amazon’s prices are WAAAY better than my local drugstore’s)

Have a great one!

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  1. Great idea !!

    However, if I were you, I would label anyway. Because I did confuse two medicines who were looking the same. I overdosed on ibuprophen, exactly like the medicine for stomach-ache. Fortunately, there were no consequences.

    But do not rely on pills being labeled with the medicine. I live in a country where it’s not the case.

    Labeling is a bit of a hassle, but it’ll avoid to make the same mistake as I did.
    However, if you give your child, let say, Epival instead of Tylenol, it can have serious consequences !!

    So, labeling is absolutely necessary in this case to avoid the visit to the ER you can easily prevent.