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Travel First Aid Kits

What Do I Need?

The type of kit you need totally depends on the trip you take.  I haven't traveled with a comprehensive first aid kit in the past because I never went off the beaten path or out of of range of a good pharmacy.  However, I do recommend you travel with a basic kit you can put in a ziplock bag.  Most large city pharmacies have these supplies if you don't want to carry them, but having a kit close-by makes things a lot easier.  Instead of making your own, you could always buy a small commercially available emergency first aid kit.  The main objective is to be prepared.

Basic Travel Kit

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Neosporin or any antibacterial cream
  • Band aids-several sizes
  • Blister plasters
  • Gauze-individually wrapped , sterile pads
  • Surgical tape or ace bandage to hold gauze on
  • Small scissors-have to be in checked luggage
  • Tweezers for splinters-have to be in checked luggage
  • OTC painkillers like Advil, Aspirin, Tylenol-if safe for you to take
  • Antihistamine cream for insect bites
  • Antihistamine tablets for allergies, inset bites, hat fever
  • Antidiarrheal meds like Imodium
  • Indigestion meds-antacids
  • Sunburn protection and treatment
  • Meds for current medical conditions
  • Digital thermometer

It is important that you keep any generic medications in their original packaging in case customs officials want to check them.  Try to buy smaller travel sizes where available.

Always check with your physician to make sure the above meds won't interfere with your current meds.  Over the counter medications can have a lot of side effects depending on your current medical problems.

Disclaimer:  Although I am a doctor, I am not your doctor.  ALWAYS see your personal doctor for any advice concerning your medications and any illness that could be impacted by travel.


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