When I was younger, preparing for a holiday basically consisted of spending two weeks searching for the perfect bikini, another week sourcing the best sunglasses and a few rushed hours beforehand sorting out travel insurance and holiday money. I had my priorities right, clearly.
But now, as a 32 year old mum of two, planning a trip abroad is a little more – how shall I say it? – organised. I’ve already got travel insurance, the bikini’s been swapped for a swimsuit I panic-bought in the midst of a toddler tantrum in Next recently and the Euros were ordered online last week.
So that just leaves one thing – a first aid kit.
Being the sister of a doctor you might think we’d already have a pretty polished first aid kit. But the truth is, until recently, our first aid kit basically consisted of Calpol and plasters. Oh – and a strip of suspiciously greying bandage.
It’s fair to say I was only marginally prepared for one of the various daily healthcare emergencies we regularly see as a family with an accident-prone six year old and a dare-devil toddler. One thing I was missing which I desperately needed last summer was some eye drops. Last year Frog got some sand in her eyes at the beach and having something like Vidisan – a natural eye drop you can use from babies and upwards – would have been a real relief (for her and me).
As it was, I found myself searching for a pharmacy and looking up the French for “have you got eye drops please?” on Google translate. Lesson learned: it always helps to be prepared, especially when kids are involved.This year I’ve got a new first aid kit which contains the all-important eye drops, as well as sterile wipes, plasters, bandage, and many other useful everyday medical essentials.
And the good news is I have one of these to give away. To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter widget on this post and tell me the piece of first aid kit you couldn’t live without on a family holiday abroad. You can win a bonus entry for following me on Twitter.
Competition open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. Competition open from 12am on 19th July 2016 to 12am on 25th July 2016. To enter, leave a comment on this post and follow @mollyjforbes on Twitter. The winner will receive one St John’s Ambulance first aid kit. There will be one winner. There is no cash alternative. Winners will be announced on this post within 48 hours of the competition closing. The promoter is Nexus Communications, Nexus Communications, 52A Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BE . Entry confirms you agree to these terms and conditions and are bound by them.