First aid kit New Zealand

The family travel pharmacy for New Zealand

* Post updated on: September 19, 2018

Listed for you to copy: Here is our complete and hopefully completely superfluous First Aid Kit for parents and children, sorted after every conceivable ailment.

Bandages for injuries:

  • 3 gauze bandages
  • 2 elastic bandages, self-adhesive
  • sterile disposable gloves
  • compresses
  • alcohol swabs
  • disinfectant spray
  • tweezers
  • nail scissors
  • Plasters – normal, waterproof and blister plaster
  • tick card
  • Mosquito bite stun gun
  • Herpes patch
  • Voltaren Gel
  • Propolis tincture (helps against almost everything, but only fit in here …)

(All this is in a small, durable extra bag that comes with the backpack in hikes.)

Eye problems:

  • Replacement solution for contact lens care, replacement contact lenses
  • homeopathic eye drops (by Wala)
  • antibiotic eye drops
  • Bepanthen eye ointment

Runny nose, coughing, hoarseness:

  • Nasal irrigator for nasal irrigation
  • empty pipette bottle (for homemade saltwater nose drops)
  • Nasal spray for the parents
  • Nose drops for the children
  • Lozenges for sore throat
  • Thyme myrtle balm from the station pharmacy to the rub

Really ill, so fever:

  • 2 digital clinical thermometers – one for the parents, one for the (rectally measured) children
  • Paracetamol suppositories for children
  • Nurofesaft for children (other active ingredient)
  • Paracetamol and ibuprofen for the parents
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic, prescribed by the pediatrician for emergencies

A stomach ache:

  • Oralpadon electrolyte solution
  • Diarrheal tablets (for the parents)
  • Vomex suppositories, if nothing remains

Skin problems:

  • Zinc ointment for minor injuries and sores
  • Wala sore and burn ointment, amazingly good for insect bites, sunburn and burns
  • Fenistil gel with cortisone (we respect the sandflies!)
  • Anti-hum for prevention
  • MultiGyn Actigel (for ladies problems “down there”, I swear!)


  • Coal tablets for poisoning
  • Rectodelt suppositories with cortisone for allergic shocks in insect bites or pseudo-group seizures (also prescribed by the pediatrician)
  • Rescue drops (yes, debatable – but great for kids!)

… and then I still have my little homeopathic medicine chest …

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For our New Zealand trip I have oriented myself to your first aid kit; So take z.b. also with prescription antibiotic. Do I have to cross over the drug on the arrival card? I think so. And do I have anything else to take with me prescription or a list of all medications? I’m very unsure how to behave …

Dear Claudia, you can get a certificate from the doctor that he has prescribed the antibiotic for you. But honestly, I would only do that with really vital medications, of which you have a big (-> suspicious looking) bring along supplies. Single packs do not interest the customs.

Did you have to declare the Rescue drops when entering New Zealand?

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