Traveling: How to Pack a Professional First Aid Kit

Traveling: How to Pack a Professional First Aid Kit

If you are planning on traveling outside of metropolitan areas, taking an emergency first aid kit is a wise decision. Accidents do happen, and you want to be prepared in case you are unable to get help immediately. A generalized medical kit is fine, but you should go ahead and personalize it with any medications

If you are planning on traveling outside of metropolitan areas, taking an emergency first aid kit is a wise decision. Accidents do happen, and you want to be prepared in case you are unable to get help immediately. A generalized medical kit is fine, but you should go ahead and personalize it with any medications you take on a regular basis.

  • Bandages, gauze and surgical tape. These are the basics, and you definitely should keep an ample supply of assorted sizes. Don’t forget to pack a small pair of scissors as well.
  • Antiseptic solution and/or wipes. These are quite handy if you cut yourself and need to clean the wound before applying a bandage
  • Pain relievers. Over-the-counter acetaminophen or paracetamol are fine. Whatever you usually take when you have a headache. Be sure to pack a sealed bottle because you could be stopped at customs and asked to throw it out.
  • Imodium or generic equivalent. Unfortunately, you never know when diarrhea will strike, so it’s best to be prepared. This type of medication is a temporary fix and should not be taken consistently.
  • Antihistamine cream. Take a small tube of this in case you are bitten by an insect. It helps to stop itching and reduce swelling.
  • Condoms. Before you say anything, these are needed for more than just the obvious. When in a pinch, they can be used as mini ice packs for unexpected injuries.
  • Quality antibacterial ointment. Bumps and scrapes can happen, so be sure to pack a tube of Neosporin or it’s equivalent. It will help prevent infection.

Keep in mind this is only a basic first aid kit. Be sure to include any medications you take on a regular basis including inhalers for asthma and Epi-pens if you suffer from allergies. In addition, always keep a list of any pre-existing conditions and allergies you have in case you are in need of medical attention. If you have any questions, it’s a good idea to talk to your family physician before leaving on vacation.

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