I’m a chronic over-packer. And I always regret taking so much stuff that I don’t need- too many clothes, shoes, and makeup usually. But if there’s one thing I never regret taking, it’s a first aid kit.
If you’re about to go travelling, or you regularly travel, you may be wondering if a first aid kid is strictly necessary. It is for sure one of the things I’ve used the most while travelling, and every time I’ve thanked my lucky stars that I was smart enough to bring it.
A good travel first aid kit should include:
This is a must, especially if you’ll be travelling in more rural areas. In many countries you can pretty much expect that you’ll end up with food poisoning or a stomach bug at some point, due to drinking water or using ice which isn’t filtered, or just poor hygiene standards. Bottled water usually won’t have anywhere near all of the electrolytes you need in order to stay healthy if you have vomiting and diarrhoea.
In many cases, if you get really sick you’ll need to see a doctor, but by using electrolyte powder you can greatly speed up your recovery time and you’re sure to feel better sooner.
Small cuts may seem like no big deal, but you really need to cover them up. Mosquito bites can easily get infected in hot and humid climates, and this can turn nasty fast. Be sure to include a bunch of bandaids in different sizes and shapes in your first aid kit.
There are plenty of different creams you can take, and Neosporin is a good example. If you hurt yourself or get a bad blister you can slap some cream on it, cover it with a bandage, and get healing.
Sometimes you’ll simply find yourself far from a doctor, or feel too bad to go see one. You should always take extras of any medication you use regularly, and pack them in different places in case they get lost. Include diarrhoea and anti-nausea pills, sea-sickness medication, birth control, and ask your doctor if they have any specific antibiotics they would recommend and if they can prescribe them to you before you leave.
These are just the basics for a travel first aid kit, and you’ll need to adjust your kit depending on your unique needs, and where you’ll be travelling to. If you’re travelling to a dengue or malaria zone you’ll need to take anti-malaria pills such as Doxycycline and plenty of bug spray, and you may have been advised to take certain things by your doctor or other travellers. Do your research and remember that if you forget something you’ll usually be able to find it in large cities overseas.
A good first aid kit doesn’t need to take up a lot of space, and could make you far more comfortable and maybe even save your life when you’re travelling. Check out Premier Healthcare & Hygiene for more information.