Whilst you are out and about on your travels, you may become unwell or have a minor accident or injury that’s not serious enough to require medical attention. This is where your travel first aid kit will come in handy! If you pack the right items, you can self-medicate and be back on the road, to continue your travel adventures. 

So…. 

What should I pack in my travel first aid kit? 

What to pack in your travel first aid kit? 

We have been travelling for a number of years and luckily, we have not had any major incidents that’s required serious medical attention. But the reason for this is because we have always packed everything; we need for our trip in our travel first aid kit. We use our experience of travel, along with what we have in our travel first aid kit, to ensure you have everything you need ready for your trip. 

  • Plasters in different sizes – an essential item. As the most common type of injury you could encounter on your travel adventure will be cuts or scratches. Once you have cleaned the wound, apply a plaster to prevent further germs entering the wound and causing an infection. You’ll want different sizes, depending on where and how large the wound is.  
  • Bandage or sprain and strain wrap – if you happen to sprain or strain yourself while travelling, you want to make sure you can bandage yourself up to help with a speedy recovery. 
  • Antiseptic wipes and antibacterial cream or wash – great for cut or scratches. You can get antiseptic wash to wash the wound, before applying the cream. This will help to prevent infections. 
  • Insect repellent – will help to prevent you from being bitten by insects. We use Jungle Formula mosquito repellent when we visit Sri Lanka and find this prevents us from being bitten by mosquitos. 
  • Medication – if you need to take any medication for an illness, then make sure you pack some spare in your travel first aid kit. You never know if and when you may require them. We would also suggest packing painkillers, for headaches or general aches and pains. Always keep the original packaging and instructions with the medication regardless of it being prescribed or over the counter. This is so they can be identified by officials at the port.  
  • Rehydration medication – these are great should you get diarrhoea. Rehydration medication will replace the natural salts lost as a result of diarrhoea. 
  • Hand sanitiser – with the outbreak of Covid, it has made most of us now think more about protecting ourselves with the use of hand sanitiser. Even before the outbreak of Covid, we would carry a small hand sanitiser in our travel first aid kit, and use this often. 
  • Sun protection – this you may not require on every trip. But, would be a good idea not to forget it if you are travelling to hot sunny climates. To prevent sunburn, always apply sun cream and reapply even on cloudy days. This will help to prevent skin cancer.

Most shops sell a pre-made first aid kit, which will have some of the above included. And sufficient for any minor accidents or injuries sustained on your trip. We have created our own DIY first aid kit, containing the above, that we adapt depending on our travel destination.  

Now all you need to do is stock up on the above list, and make sure it is packed ready for your next travel adventure. It is possible that you may not need to use anything from your first aid kit. But least your minds at rest, knowing you have this packed away. If you do use anything from your travel first aid kit, make sure you replace the items, and always double check any use by dates on some medications.  

Disclaimer: We would like to stress! We are not medically trained to deal with any serious medical illnesses or injuries. However, we do have a basic understanding of how to treat ourselves should we encounter a minor illness or injury that doesn’t require medical treatment by a qualified practitioner. This advice has been provided on the same basis, to assist you and your family. Furthermore, we have never encountered issues at customs, or by officials about the medication we have taken into a country. This does not mean that certain countries you visit will follow the same. We have heard in the media that some people have been imprisoned for taking over the counter remedies from their home country to another country that legalise that drug. Always check before you travel, if there’s any drugs that could cause you problems on entry.  

What have you got packed in your travel first aid kit? Is there anything you pack that we haven’t included? Let us know, by leaving a comment below.

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