In many circumstances you don’t need to be a doctor to help yourself or others if something minor happens. Having a first aid kit with you when travelling is extremely important, especially if you find yourself in remote places where first aid tools are not as easily acquired.
This is a guide to a general first aid kit that can apply to any place. However, you should also consider the place you are going specifically. How remote is the location? Is the area known to have any poisonous species? What activities will you be taking part in? Once you have the answers you need you can add to the general items in your kit to make it more location specific.
Disclaimer: This list is not extensive. You should also seek advice from a qualified health professional.
Here are 10 items you should consider for your travel first aid kit;
- Antihistamines – As well as being good for allergic reactions, they can also be effective for motion sickness and even prickly heat.
- Plasters – It is important to have a vast array of sizes available in your kit to accommodate different areas on your body.
- Bandages – They can help with strained muscles, reducing swelling or even as a replacement for a sling.
- Antiseptic – This is really important as it helps clean any wounds you may get.
- Gauze pads – Either different sizes or just large ones that can be cut up.
- Scissors – Essential for cutting up gauzes and bandages.
- Microfiber Tape – You will need this for holding dressings in place that do not have adhesive already on them.
- Hand Sanitizer – This is especially important to use before touching any wounds or even just general use.
- Insect bite relief – There are many on the market. A popular one is Tiger Balm, but check with your local pharmacy for what they recommend.
- Rehydration salts – These can be used when dehydrated from alcohol, physical activity or general tiredness. It helps give your body the hydration it needs.
As previously mentioned, this list is not exhaustive and certain locations will require other first aid items as mandatory.
Even if you are going somewhere urban, where medical supplies and hospitals are prominent, I think it is essential to still take a kit with you and familiarise yourself with it before you go.
It is commonplace to buy a pre-packaged first aid kit from outdoor/camping stores. These kits are fine, but you should definitely open it up and check what is inside before you leave for your trip. As well as seeing if you need to add any items, you can also check the quality of the items already inside and replace them if necessary.
Something as simple as a first aid kit can really make a difference to your trip. It adds a small sense of security and allows small issues to remain small and not ruin your day.