Traveling is supposed to be fun- but what happens when an emergency strikes? If you find yourself sick, injured, or otherwise in health-related trouble and you’re far away from a medical facility, a travel first aid kit can be a life saver. So, how do you pack a good travel first aid kit? Here are a few pointers.
- Your first aid kit can contain more than just medical supplies. In fact, it’s a good idea to include copies of relevant prescriptions and updated medical records.
- Use a waterproof bag or container to contain your first aid supplies. If you’re in a moisture-ridden climate or caught in a downpour and your first aid kit gets wet, supplies can get ruined, rendering them useless when you need them.
- Keep products in their original packaging. This means that bandages, sterile wipes, and any type of coverings such as gauze should be kept in their original box or a sealed zip-lock bag that keeps them away from dirt and germs.
What to Pack
Packing your first aid kit is important. If you pack it the right way, you can be prepared for nearly any non-life threatening situation (and maybe a few life threatening ones, as well!). Here are a few supplies that should always be included.
Perhaps the most well-known first aid supply, bandages are essential to packing any kind of travel first aid kit. The most common injury that requires a bandage is a cut or scrape so it’s always a good idea to pack a variety of sizes of bandages. You can also include specialized bandages that are designed for blisters, as well as bandages that are shaped to fit different body parts in case of an unexpected injury.
Gauze should always be included. It can be used to apply pressure to a deep wound, clean an injury, soak up blood, stop bleeding, and make up part of a basic wound dressing. The best kind of gauze to carry is individually wrapped gauze squares, however, a roll of gauze will do if you can’t find the individual squares.
Scissors and tweezers
Both scissors and tweezers can come in handy in a variety of situations. The scissors can be used to cut bandages and gauze, while the tweezers are great for sliver removal.
Over the counter medication
Medications that cater to acid reflux, stomach upset, headaches and general pain, and colds/flus are a great addition to first aid kits, as they are all incredibly useful and can be used to treat sudden unpleasant symptoms. Antihistamines like Benadryl can also be included, as well as rehydration tablets. Topical ointments such as Polysporin and aloe-vera are never a bad idea, either.
Sewing kits are a good idea, too. Small sewing kits that include thread and a variety of needles are ideal. Your travel-sized sewing kit doesn’t have to be fancy, as long as it can be used to do basic clothing repairs.
When packing your first aid-kit, keep the above tips in mind and be sure not to cut corners when it comes to supplies. Being over prepared is better than underprepared.