While getting my travel injections from the nurse at my local GP, she shared some very helpful advice of how to create my own travel first aid kit.
Sure you can buy them online, but you probably already have most of the items lying around and this way you get to customise the products to your liking. If you want to go down the pre-packaged route, I’ve provided a link at the end of this post but you’ll need to add a few things to it.
Here is a list of everything suggested by the nurse and a few things I’ve though of as well. I’ve provided links at the end of this post to purchase most items.
- Painkillers – I would go with Ibuprofen as it’s an anti-inflammatory as well as a painkiller.
- Antiseptic Cream – To apply to small open wounds or cuts to prevent infection.
- Band Aids (Plasters) – Go for waterproof with assorted sizes. You may want to buy blister types as well.
- Waterproof Dressing (Gauze) – To dress any open wounds. Go for waterproof so you can stay active.
- Tweezers and Scissors – You’ll probably already have both of these in your makeup bag. They’ll come in handy for a variety of reasons.
- Clear Non-Sticky Alcohol (Vodka or Gin) – Use to sterilize. Pick up a few travel bottles at the shop or airport. Or, if you have a large bottle laying around, just decanter a small amount into a couple travel bottles.
- Antihistamine – Hay fever tablets will do the trick. I find there are usually two common types, cetirizine and loratadine. For me personally, the cetirizine always works better.
- Dioralyte – After a bad case of food poisoning or just a heavy night out, this will help with re-hydration. Tastes disgusting (I think) but works really well.
- Imodium – Do I really need to explain this one….
- Tape – to hold gauze or bandages in place.