Spring Break Essentials

by Ally Cross

If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), there are several eligible items that you can pack for your Spring Break trip. Here are some examples: 

  1. Sunscreen: Sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is an FSA eligible item. Be sure to pack enough for your trip. 
  2. Anti-Itch remedies: If you’re traveling to an area with mosquitoes or other insects, anti-itch remedies are a must-have. 
  3. First aid kit: A basic first aid kit with items such as bandages, gauze, and antiseptic ointment. 
  4. Motion sickness remedies: If you’re prone to motion sickness, over-the-counter remedies such as anti-nausea medication or acupressure bands. 
  5. Pain relievers: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin. 
  6. Allergy medications: If you have allergies, over-the-counter allergy medications such as antihistamines or nasal sprays. 
  7. Eye drops: If you suffer from dry or itchy eyes, lubricating eye drops or allergy eye drops. 
  8. Heat packs and cold packs: If you experience muscle soreness or pain, heat packs or cold packs. 

Be sure to check with your FSA administrator for a complete list of eligible items and any limitations or restrictions that may apply. 

Here are some of our favorites available on beneshop: 

1. Small Compact Mini First Aid Kit For Diaper Bag, Travel, Purse, Home And Car (FSA/HSA Eligible)

We love this travel first aid kit! Its compact size makes it a practical item to bring on any trip, whether it’s a short weekend getaway or a longer international adventure. It can help you be better prepared for unexpected medical situations and ensure a safer and more enjoyable trip.

Review: I ordered one of these for my diaper bag and then went back and ordered 2 more for each car! They’re a perfect size and have great stuff in them for kids/adults for first aid!! – Amazon Customer


2. Nature's Willow Bug Bite Balm Itch Relief Cream, Menthol 1%, 0.5 Oz (FSA/HSA Eligible)

Bug bites are inevitable when you spend time outdoors; this patented blend works quickly to soothe and provide fast relief from insect bites and minor skin irritations and get you back out there.

Review: Used this shortly after receiving it on multiple spider bites while camping in The Smokies. It definitely relieved the need to scratch. CVS Customer

3. Dramamine Motion Sickness Less Drowsy, Travel Vial, 8 Count (FSA/HSA Eligible)

Dramamine Motion Sickness Less Drowsy prevents nausea, dizziness and vomiting for up to 24 hours with less drowsiness. Don’t let motion sickness affect your plans – be prepared with Dramamine Less Drowsy

Review: e were doing a 6 hour boat tour on a small boat & I have a history of getting sea sick and hate Dramamine that makes me drowsy, so decided to try this Bonine based less drowsy formula. It worked well and didn’t make me sleepy, I’ll use this over traditional Dramamine going forward!Amazon Customer

4. Babyganics Sunscreen SPS50 Lotion 2 Pk./8 Oz (FSA/HSA Eligible)

Babyganics mineral-based SPF50 sunscreen lotion provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and glides on smooth for effortless application. This sunscreen is non-allergenic and tear free making it a perfect choice in any situation.

Review: Babyganics SPF 50 Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion is my all-time favorite sunscreen. It has zinc which was recommended to me by my dermatologist after I had a tiny melanoma spot. She told me to always get mineral sunscreen with a stated percentage of zinc. This lotion rubs in very nicely and does not make you look really white like some. A very good product!Amazon Customer

5. Advil Dual Action Coated Caplets With Acetaminophen (FSA/HSA Eligible)

Advil Dual Action Coated Caplets with Acetaminophen are the first and only pain relief medication that combines the top two selling pain fighting ingredients for powerful results. Formulated with 250 mg ibuprofen that targets pain at the source and 500 mg acetaminophen that blocks pain signals in each dose, these coated pain relief pills provide relief from a wide variety of aches and pains.

Review: Used to carry Tylenol or off-brand acetaminophen and Ibuprofen in our car for those annoying travel headaches. This has now replaced those and we end up taking less. I’m guessing this will eventually replace our home supply too. Just nice having only one bottle and not having to worry about remembering which one was taken last for those really annoying pains.

Amazon Customer

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