Traveling is a thrilling experience that involves a lot of planning and the very thought of it fills us with excitement. And in this excitement, you may forget to pack things that can be of great help in emergency situations. Before checking the list of necessary items in the first aid box you must consider the following:
Once you have answers for these you can plan your first aid box for traveling, as your preferred pain killer or tablet might not be available during your travel. Any frequent traveler will tell you that things can occasionally go wrong on any trip, and taking a well-stocked kit with you is necessary. Remember to stock your first aid kit well but do not go overboard. Your basic first aid kit should be simple that can be used with little or no training.
PML Holidays is amongst top travel agencies and with our team’s extensive experience in travel we have curated a list of items that you must have as a part of your first aid kit:
1. A digital thermometer
A digital thermometer can be used to monitor fevers and to determine if you should need serious medical help. This is particularly useful in places where dengue fever is a problem or in case of an extremely cold climate.
2. Antiseptic solution and Ointments
Before you cover the wound with the bandage you must wash it with some antiseptic solution like Dettol or Savlon to remove all the debris and kill the germs and then apply ointment to heal the wound faster. These ointments are good for treating infections to avoid from becoming bigger problems.
3. Plasters and bandages for bruises
These are an absolute essential in any basic first aid kit. The most common form of minor injury is a cut or a scratch, so it is a good idea to carry a few of these in a variety of sizes like a few of the small, round ones for covering insect bites. In case you plan to be doing trekking on your travels then some blister plasters are a good idea.
4 Cotton or cotton pads
In the case of bleeding wounds, it is necessary to use cotton instead of any random cloth to stop bleeding as it might cause more infection. So, keeping a fresh bundle of sterile cotton and using it with antiseptic, to clean the wound is a must. It’s soft and non-pricky and would help to clean the wound with ease.
5. Ibuprofen and pain killers
Ibuprofen is a must amongst all the medicines to carry while traveling. It is a useful anti-inflammatory drug to control swelling in case your ankle is twisted. It also helps with body aches and pains. You may carry sprays as well in case of body aches while trekking or hiking. You can also stock up some cold relief tablets if traveling to a cold country.
6. Anti-diarrhoea tablets
These tablets are important in case of an unfortunate stomach problem. A change in food habits and bacterial contamination can lead to diarrhea. Diarrhea is the body's natural way of flushing bacteria. Keep a tablet handy in case you have problems with transportation or places where you can’t access your kit.
Apart from these, you may also include a few digestive tablets, sanitizer, wipes, mosquito roll on, etc as well while traveling. Small ziplock bags are best for packing and are waterproof in case something leaks. Avoid packing heavy glass bottles or liquids that may leak, travel-sized bottles are advisable. Treat your first aid liquids just as you treat your toiletries and pack them safely.
That’s pretty much about it for your first aid box, with these items, you’re good to go. Have a great backpacking adventure.