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1. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 155 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Hey!

With a little research I found million different kind of FirstAidKits for travellers, even one with 47 items including syringes and needles..

What do you have in your Kit and have you ever needed it?

R,
Henna

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 378 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

I make up my own and I have 2 of them. I keep a smaller kit in my day pack. It contains what I think I may need in a pinch while hiking, like bandages, antihistamines, moleskin for blisters, antiseptic ointment and so on.

My other all around kit is not too elaborate - paracetamol, sinus decongestant, bandages, dramamine, pepto bismol, etc.

I've used everything at least once. I pick up other things on the road as I need them.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2350 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

I personally would not travel with syringes and needles unless I was a diabetic and they are medically required. Also with proper documentation too!

Most cities have pharmacies you can visit. I do carry some bandaids and antiseptic. I take some aspirins and throat lozenges with me for use on the plane. If I get cut or a serious scrape I will buy something from a pharmacy if needed.

It is one thing to fill a cupboard up in your house with all sorts of remedies but another thing when traveling one the road or flying.

4. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 155 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Quoting road to roam

I make up my own and I have 2 of them.

I think that I might end up doing the same. I might buy one general one and add some bits and pieces what it lacks.

And I agree with Albert about the syringes. I can't imagine in what I would be needing them, if something happends that would be needing shot of somekind I might be better off in hospital

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1030 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Re syringes:

Some countries simply don't have the ability to guarantee new, fully-sterile syringes and needles, even in hospitals. Official UK (and other) health advice for those countries is for travellers to take a sterile medical kit which includes syringes & needles. If I were visiting such a country I would of course follow that advice, just as I would take e.g. malarial prophylaxis when advised.

But otherwise my normal travelling 'medical kit' remains minimal: a few over-the-counter painkillers & indigestion tablets, plasters (band-aids) in various sizes, anti-diarrhoea tablets (never needed them but have always worried about it!), small scissors, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream (because all biting insects love me) and a sewing needle for splinter-extraction. Plus an elasticated crepe bandage because my knee very occasionally 'goes'. Anything else I might need can be obtained at pharmacies (e.g. eye drops for an allergic reaction) or, if necessary, from the country's own medical services.

To be honest, rather than buy any sort of commercial 'First Aid kit' (which will inevitably contain things you'll never, ever use) I think you'd be better off making up your own kit based on knowing your own body (e.g. no point in anti-histamine cream if insects don't much like you!), the places you'll be visiting and activities you'll be doing.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-May-2019, at 15:54 by leics2 ]

6. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 155 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Re syringes:

Some countries simply don't have the ability to guarantee new, fully-sterile syringes and needles, even in hospitals.

anti-histamine cream (because all biting insects love me)

Oh, I didn't think that in that point of view! Then it propably would be wise to have one with you. Something to think about when/if I will someday travel to place where it is possibility to get stabbed with an dirty needle.

I found one kit with has just basic bandaids, plasters etc. what I think I will use as an "base" and add somethings.

We have that insect-lovable quality in common!

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5422 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

I've never used most of the contents of my first aid kit, and I hope it stays that way, but I'm still glad I carry it along, because if you need any of it, you tend to really need it. (Same as with insurance, really. You're spending a lot of money in the hope that you'll have to make use of it as little as possible.)
Of course the kit doesn't come along on city trips e.a. where you have farmacies and hospitals within easy reach.

One 'surprising' piece of equipment from the kit that I actually ended up using quite a bit is a tick removal 'pen'.

8. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1402 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

With carry-on only, scissors are a no-no. Antiseptic cream, a small crepe bandage, a handful of band-aids, a few rehydration sachets, ten general antibiotic tablets and some immodium. Anything else can be bought. I occasionally use the band-aid, sometimes use the cream and last time gave ten sachets to another traveller with the runs.:):)

9. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1030 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

>With carry-on only, scissors are a no-no.

That is no longer necessarily the case, though individual countries may vary. Scissors with blades less than e.g. 4cm (the type I carry) are certainly allowed under TSA and EU security regulations.

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/sewing-needles

https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/personal-items

https://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-sxf/at-the-airport/luggage/hand-luggage/prohibited-items/index.php

etc

[ Edit: Edited on 08-May-2019, at 18:00 by leics2 ]

10. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1402 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

>With carry-on only, scissors are a no-no.

That is no longer necessarily the case, though individual countries may vary. Scissors with blades less than e.g. 4cm (the type I carry) are certainly allowed under TSA and EU security regulations.

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/sewing-needles

https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/personal-items

https://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-sxf/at-the-airport/luggage/hand-luggage/prohibited-items/index.php

etc

Haha - we had three disposable saftey razors taken by customs when boarding a train from Djibouti to Ethiopia recently. Airport customs always dig out our torches and question us about them and my wife always gets questioned about her insulin 'pen'. I'm convinced you're right but I'm not taking any chances with scissors - I still see many pairs confiscated which really do meet the regulations and life's too short to argue about these things with a rookie customs official looking for a bribe at a dodgy airport in a 'banned' (by the US) country.:):):):)