A first aid kit is essential during emergency treatment, but sometimes this is forgotten when packing your luggage. As the contents in a first aid kit will vary depending on the intended use, the below first aid checklist will have you covered when going on holiday.
Here are some of the essential first aid kit must haves for travel.
Pain medication is available as effervescent or chewable tablets, syrup, and capsules. Paracetamol is the most standard treatment for fever and pain. People with paracetamol allergies or liver problems should consult their doctors for the best alternative pain relievers they can use.
Plasters, dressings and antiseptic
For grazes, cuts, and prevention of infection in wounds, antiseptic ointment or cream, surgical gloves, medical tape bandages, sterile gauze dressings, and plasters must be present in the first aid kit. Antiseptic wipes and sprays are also a must for the treatment of minor grazes and cuts.
Use insect repellents that contain DET to repel insects. Apply in the evening when most insects and mosquitoes are likely to bite.
Tweezers, scissors, and safety pins
Tweezers can be used to remove grit or splinter stuck on the skin or in a wound, whereas, safety pins and scissors can be used for securing bandage and cutting.
Anti-diarrhoea tablets and rehydration sachets
While on holiday, you may develop an upset stomach that could cause diarrhoea, consequently resulting in dehydration. Anti-diarrhoea powders or pills will come in handy, and in the case of children, rehydration fluids should be started immediately.
Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamine tablets
These are available in both syrup and tablet-form. Go for the non-drowsy tablets so that you can use both day and night without concern. Antihistamines will help reduce itchiness or inflammation caused by allergies from insect bites and food intolerance.
These are essential and worth carrying in your first aid kit. Hand sanitizers come in handy when you are in an area that doesn’t have clean water, and you need to handle food. They are safe for use for both children and adults.
If you are under any prescribed medication like high blood pressure medication or inhalers for asthmatics, ensure you pack enough tablets that will last you throughout the holiday. It is also essential to carry a copy of your medical prescription in case of unexpected events like loss or damage to the first aid kit.
For people who suffer from medical conditions that may render them unconscious, such as epilepsy, it’s crucial to have a medical report stored in your first aid kit. In case you require emergency attention, a medical report will help the people giving first aid the know-how to help better.
A first aid kit is a necessary item to have when travelling abroad. Always ensure your kit is fully stocked and tailor the contents depending on your travel plans. A first aid kit should be checked regularly and restocked to ensure all items are aseptic and readily available in case of an emergency.