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21. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 118 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

Quoting Andrew Mack

Quoting hennaonthetrek

[quote=road to roam]She will ask me why I am going somewhere where I might need to use first aid kit

Does she think accidents don't happen everywhere?:)

Sharper than the scissors this evening Mr Mack!

Heh, not quite, but if you don't leave your nice All Inclusive hotel or don't go far from it, they have first aid equipments there and you don't need to bring your own

22. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 811 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting hennaonthetrek

Heh, not quite, but if you don't leave your nice All Inclusive hotel or don't go far from it, they have first aid equipments there and you don't need to bring your own

You don't really need to take much of a first aid kit to most places.

Mine consists of a few Plasters/Band-Aids, antiseptic cream, a pin, tweezers (for splinter removal also a jewellers eyeglass so I can see them!) and a few pills (Paracetamol/Ibuprofen and Imodium).
I also carry hand sanitizer and sometimes antibacterial wet-wipes, but I wouldn't call that first aid stuff.

Anything that needs more than that will also need someone that has the ability to use it correctly, which isn't me.

Having said that, I'm now old enough that I'm not interested in the adventure/adrenalin travel/sports and if I was doing that then I would probably take a bit more.
When I was that young I was also brave (AKA Stupid) enough to know nothing would happen to me, so I didn't have more than a few pills with me...;)

[ Edit: Edited on 09-May-2019, at 19:06 by Andrew Mack ]

23. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2233 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

My idea of a first aid kit is a little bit different than some of the other suggestions. In my check in bag I do have a small scissors with me, a Swiss Army type knife knockoff, needle and thread and sunblock. For minor abrasions I will use after shave skin conditioner for something simple and pick up something from a pharmacy if necessary.

(My post 3.)

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.

  • * I don't consider toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant and comb part of a first aid kit!

Okeydokey.

24. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 979 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

20 or more years ago when I went to Costa Rica, I carried a bunch of things with me - like 'flowers of sulphur' for chiggers. Now I mostly take bandaids and an antiseptic cream and maybe a couple of cough drops. My husband takes the sunscreen.

Plus of course my usual medications which includes aspirin and naproxen (NSAIDs). I do have Lidocane patches (for arthritis) and I have to use scissors to cut them open, but I check a bag so the scissors are in there.

25. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 118 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Quoting hennaonthetrek

Heh, not quite, but if you don't leave your nice All Inclusive hotel or don't go far from it, they have first aid equipments there and you don't need to bring your own

You don't really need to take much of a first aid kit to most places.

Yeah I think I will go with something like this; elastic bandage, band-aids, disinfectant and aspirin.

I don't include sunscreen and blister bandage as an firstaid, I know those I will need for sure To me blisters and sunburns are more like an norm than an boo-boo

[ Edit: Edited on 10-May-2019, at 20:03 by hennaonthetrek ]

26. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 811 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

A small tube of antiseptic cream is a wise idea in hot (and especially humid) countries, as a small innocuous scratch is a perfect place for bacteria to thrive.

27. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 118 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Anything that needs more than that will also need someone that has the ability to use it correctly, which isn't me.

You have more ability than me it seems, I thought that the disinfectant is for the same purpose than antiseptic cream

28. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 811 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting hennaonthetrek

You have more ability than me it seems, I thought that the disinfectant is for the same purpose than antiseptic cream

As I understand it disinfectant is what you clean a scratch with and antiseptic is how you stop a scratch becoming infected until it's healed.
So a disinfectant/good hand sanitizer/strong soap can be used to clean, but after it's clean it is still the perfect environment for bacteria, so a smear of antiseptic cream (and maybe a band-aid) helps it heal.
But maybe I'm wrong...

29. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 705 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Quoting hennaonthetrek

You have more ability than me it seems, I thought that the disinfectant is for the same purpose than antiseptic cream

As I understand it disinfectant is what you clean a scratch with and antiseptic is how you stop a scratch becoming infected until it's healed.
So a disinfectant/good hand sanitizer/strong soap can be used to clean, but after it's clean it is still the perfect environment for bacteria, so a smear of antiseptic cream (and maybe a band-aid) helps it heal.
But maybe I'm wrong...

They sound pretty similar to me except that it sounds like antiseptics are more designed for use on humans than disinfectant.
Difference between antiseptic and disinfectant

Antiseptic vs disinfectant

30. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 118 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

Quoting Andrew Mack

Quoting hennaonthetrek

You have more ability than me it seems, I thought that the disinfectant is for the same purpose than antiseptic cream

As I understand it disinfectant is what you clean a scratch with and antiseptic is how you stop a scratch becoming infected until it's healed.
So a disinfectant/good hand sanitizer/strong soap can be used to clean, but after it's clean it is still the perfect environment for bacteria, so a smear of antiseptic cream (and maybe a band-aid) helps it heal.
But maybe I'm wrong...

They sound pretty similar to me except that it sounds like antiseptics are more designed for use on humans than disinfectant.
Difference between antiseptic and disinfectant

Antiseptic vs disinfectant

It's clear when you put it that way, and I can't even use that "English is not my native language"-card because I knew what I was typing, I even checked it that I spelled it right!

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