Essential First-Aid Kit for Travelling

When planning to travel, it is crucial that you are prepared for any unexpected illnesses that may occur while you are away. Holidays are a time for relaxing and having an enjoyable time and so you won’t want anything get in the way of your short break away.

Planning Ahead

Depending on where you are planning to take your holiday, you may need to get vaccinated beforehand. You should always consult with your doctor or local travel clinic before setting off, to make sure that you are aware of any infections, viruses or other diseases that you need to be protected against. After this you should proceed in getting the necessary vaccines or medicine.

Keep in mind that you need to pack the right amount of medication for yourself but also for the other people that you are going on holiday with. Often if you are ill, it can be contagious and so you should make sure that you are prepared for if your whole party becomes ill.

A first-aid kit is one of the most important things that you should take with you on holiday; although it should cover more than just a kit to heal and protect wounds. Here we have a few other medications that we advise you should take with you when travelling:

The Basics

The basic items that are needed for a first-aid kit when travelling depend on where you are planning to go but a basic kit can include:

  • Sterile Dressings – The most common injuries you are likely to get are small cuts and grazes, so it is crucial that you pack plasters of various sizes.
  • Antiseptic Wipes – For cleaning and sterilising before dressing the wound with a bandage.
  • Antibiotic Ointment – Not entirely necessary for smaller injuries but should be used on larger wounds as an extra protection against infection.
  • Gauze Pads – For if a bigger incident occurs and you result in larger wounds, these gauze pads act as a bigger bandage.
  • Medical Adhesive Tape – Used to keep gauze pads intact over your wound.
  • Tweezers – Useful tool for taking any debris out of wounds or for splinters.
  • Scissors – A small pair of medical scissors, are useful for cutting medical tape, trimming down gauze pads, or removing dead skin from a wound.
  • Painkillers

Additional Essentials

Depending on your personal requirements; such as being more vulnerable to catching an illness or where you are travelling to, you will need to add these to your kit:

  • Oral Rehydration Salts –If you experience spells of diarrhea or vomiting, your body will lose crucial electrolytes and become very ill. To get better and prevent potential death from dehydration these are essential.
  • Anti-Diarrhea Tablets – The most eminent tablet is Imodium.
  • Water Purification Tablets – Water from foreign countries often contain foreign microbes that your immune system is not used to and so it is important that you drink from bottled water. If this isn’t possible then you should use these tablets to purify the water and make it safe to drink.
  • Antihistamine – In forms of cream and tablets. Helps with insect bites and allergies
  • Insect repellent and bite treatment
  • Thermometer
  • Melatonin – Helps with sleep and issues from jet lag
  • Motion sickness – For those spending time on water in boats or bumpy roads

Travelling Abroad Contact Broadgate GP

If you’re planning on travelling abroad, then be sure to visit our travel clinic at Broadgate GP before you go. We offer a number of services such as health checks and vaccinations. Book your appointment today!