first aid
What’s in your carryall? Airline ticket? Check. Wallet? Check. Clothes? Check. Cash? Check. Insurance? Check. Speaking of insurance, one of the most common things people forget to pack or deliberately leave out of their check-list is a first-aid kit. It doesn’t matter whether you’re heading into nature for some scenic hiking, or flying to another continent on a business trip. A complete first-aid kit may very well be your best insurance when away from home.

It isn’t hard to imagine why you need a first-aid kit when exploring nature. You can anticipate insect bites, wounds, and falls on trips like these. But what do you do when you get a headache in the middle of a conference away from home? Or what if a bad case of diarrhea hits you when you’re on the road? Little unforeseen events and accidents are always bound to happen. They can slow down and inconvenience your travel, which is why you should always be prepared.

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Of course you can purchase a complete first-aid kit at your local drugstore, but experts recommend putting together your own travel first-aid kit. For starters, it’s cheaper and you can use what you may already have at home. Secondly, you can personalize your kit without having to spend too much money.

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When building a custom travel first-aid kit from scratch, here’s what you’ll need:

Wound care supplies: These must include antiseptic solutions and wipes, which you can conveniently use to treat wounds, insect bites, burns, scratches, and minor cuts. Remember, if you can’t wash your hands, sanitize or wear gloves before treating a wound. Wipe the affected area with an antibacterial towelette, apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection, and cover with band-aid or gauze, depending on the size of the wound.

  • Hand sanitizer or alcohol
  • Antibiotic ointment or cream
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or towelettes
  • Band-aids
  • Gauze rolls or 4×4 gauze pads
  • Latex gloves

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Miscellaneous: These may seem like extras, but don’t exclude them because they’re just as important as the rest.

Pill Box For Organizing Medicine: Organize different medications and keep them separated from the rest of the contents of your kit, and always be aware of which medicines you should never mix. Here are the most important medications to bring:

  • Paracetamol / Tylenol / Ibuprofen: Use any of these for fever, headaches, pains and inflammation. These are generally taken every four hours as needed.
  • Pseudoephredrine: This helps to stop pressure and pain in the ears during a flight, and is also a nasal decongestant. Take this for colds.
  • Loperamide: This is a quick-acting anti-diarrheal medication.
  • Antihistamine: Use this for allergies. It also works great as a sleep aid, especially when you’re crossing different time zones.
  • Special medications: If you have to take maintenance drugs for any condition such as hypertension, or if you are on the pill, you will need to make sure you’ve packed your supply as well as your prescription.

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Container To Keep It All Together: Finally, when you have everything you need, find a pouch, a little bag or a box in which you can put your first-aid supplies. No matter the destination, it is always important to be prepared! From a complete first-aid kit to a travel fitness plan, you should be ready for anything before you leave for your trip. How do you prepare for a trip?