Preparing a first aid kit may not be the first thing on your mind when travelling abroad. As emergencies or injuries such as blisters or minor injuries by slips, trips and falls, insect bites and stings and so on, can and will happen, it is essential to carry a first aid kit when travelling.
5 items to carry in your first aid kit when travelling
Here are the top five things you should always include in your first aid kit when travelling.
- Antihistamines: Plants, insect bites and bites or stings by marine life can all too easily cause skin rashes, itching and full-blown allergic reactions, as can unusual food items you have never tried before. Taking antihistamine-containing tablets can help in such emergencies. If you are aware of existing allergies and know you may need adrenaline, make sure you take your EpiPen, Emerade, Jext or equivalent device.
- Constipation, diarrhoea and vomiting: Stomach issues of varying types or severity can be caused by an array of factors, from strange foods to food contaminated with food poisoning bacteria. Having suitable medication at hand to assist is a must.
- Sunburn: Preventing sunburn by using a high-factor sunblock cream or lotion is elementary. Including a natural remedy containing Aloe Vera in your first aid kit when travelling is also recommended.
- Water: Depending on your destination, it is important to include water purification tablets, Lifesaver systems or Aquapure filtration in your first aid kit when travelling to prevent being infected by harmful bacteria or viruses.
- Painkillers: Headaches, toothaches, menstrual or muscle pain can strike any time. Take some painkillers containing aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol, but be careful with medication containing codeine, as these could be confiscated and may even lead to an arrest in some Arab countries.
Other items to carry in your first aid kit when travelling
In addition to these items and the obligatory plasters, bandages and antiseptic wipes for minor injuries and blisters, for example, it is also a good idea to include:
- A remedy for heartburn, indigestion and stomach acid
- Small paper or digital thermometer
If you require medication for an existing condition, it is obviously necessary to ensure you include an adequate supply of your medication for the duration of your trip in your first aid kit when travelling.
You should also have a list of emergency telephone numbers, including the number of your nearest embassy, emergency services and who to contact in case of an accident abroad.
As an accident on holiday may also qualify you for travel accident compensation, you may also want to include our Accident Advice Helpline numbers for calls from your mobile or a landline telephone, which are 0333 500 0993 and 0800 689 0500 respectively.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice