A gap year will be one of the best years of your life. Although you may not be planning to get sick or suffer an injury abroad, these things do happen, and they can happen to you, so making sure that you take a well-stocked first aid kit full of essentials will not only put your mind at ease, but can make your holiday injuries a lot less of a hindrance.
Bandages and plasters for trips or falls
When you think of travel accident compensation, you may not instantly think of something small like a cut, but these things can escalate when they aren’t treated quickly and properly. Carrying bandages and plasters in your kit ensures that you will be able to quickly and safely conceal a wound from dirt and bacteria, and when you have a slip, trip or fall, the cuts or gashes can be quickly seen to, minimising the risk of infection or bleeding.
Everyone goes through phases of feeling a little groggy or ill on holiday, but knowing when to be concerned can save a lot of time and worry. Carrying a thermometer around in your kit allows you to check your temperature, so you know when to ask for medical help.
When you are travelling abroad somewhere hot, there is always a risk of being bitten by insects and pests such as mosquito. Slips and trips of course happen when hiking through forests or woodland areas, but these areas are also rife with insects, so carry repellent to help keep your bites to a minimum. An insect bite can be exceptionally irritating and can get infected.
When getting used to the water or food abroad, you can sometimes feel the holiday injury of a bad stomach and there is nothing worse than being in the middle of an excursion or exploration and needing the toilet. Packing anti-diarrhoea medicine can help settle your over active digestive system and get you to your next destination without embarrassment and discomfort.
Whether it’s a slip or fall, a headache, a wound or a sprain, there isn’t much paracetamol doesn’t help with and every gap year traveller should have a few boxes in their pack.
If you have recently suffered an travel accident, call Accident Advice Helpline and we could make a no win, no fee* claim on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice