Cos lm laid up at the moment and had to visit the A&E dept in hospital its got me thinking - what is essential in a travel first aid kit - l always throw in some plasters, diahorrea tablets, pain killers, antispetic cream and anti-hystimens (for prickly heat and allergys) but l really must assemble a pack l can throw into my case each time we head away.
Anyone any suggestions of what l should have in here (something that will encompass all parts of the world hot and cold climates!)
If you're in the tropics - Anthisan. It's great for mosquito bites.
a small bottle of alcohol gel - great for cleaning up scrapes and cuts and it doesn't leak or spill. (Takes up less room than a bunch of alcohol wipes too, which will dry out over time.)
I refuse to leave home without Gravol/Dramamine.
a small roll of cloth bandage tape and a few 2"x2" gauze pads - tape comes in handy for lots of things and I never get small injuries.
Savlon is the solution to all your life and medical problems
I feel that way about Suda Cream!! The white stuff mothers put on nappy rash - l think its zinc! Its amazing stuff wont leave home without it!!
All good suggestions. I also include a sewing needle and tweezers to remove slivers. Eye wash is helpful, too.
Chemical handwarmers if you're going somewhere cold.
I would add tylenol PM - or some other kind of pain/cold relief medicine that helps put you to sleep if you are feeling really sick.
I suggest any cold and sinus medicine, nothing worse than getting a cold while you're trying to enjoy yourself... Also just the basics like bandages, polysporin, and a little bottle of peroxide for cuts and infections.. You never know when you'll run across something that will bring about hives and rash so allergy meds are a good choice too... (cloratripalon or benadryl)
Best thing is to visit a travel doctor and they will put together a kit depending on where you expect to travel. Mine for example included: Gastrolyte, broad range antibiotics as well as any ones relating to specific problems you think you may encounter eg, bladder infections very common in women travellers (always take some cranberry capsules!), gastrostop, anti-nausea tablets, buscopan for stomach cramps, and plenty of paracetamol. This is medicine alone and ive used every thing at least once. Also with the kit is a little booklet to help you identify symptoms and take the right medication. Also something ive used many times is disinfectant wipes. Fell off a moped once and wasnt too prepared, cleaned up my leg with detol wipes then made a bandage out of these, toilet paper and a hair band and shes apples! Also dont go anywhere without bandaids, you can get that great spray on stuff now but doesnt help for blisters!, oh, and since my little accident i always take a bandage, although im yet to use it.