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1. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


My boyfriend and I have just bought and Emergency Aid kit from Boots, which has a number of syringes in it.

It was reccommended that we take one of these by the School of Tropical Medicine, but I'm a bit nervous that it will be mistaken for something dodgy and we end up in prison or something (I know its the worst case scenario, but there are always "those stories"!)Has anyone travelled with one of these before and had any problems? (We're going to Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia if that means anything?)

Thank you!

2. Posted by KitCat (Full Member 65 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I just bought one of those as well. I guess as long as it is not found with any doggy stuff we will be ok.
When are you going out anyway?

3. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

This time next week I will be at the boarding gate!!

I know you're right, it's obviously harmless, but I do worry. You hear all those distant stories about someone who knew someone who read that someone had been jailed in somewhere for drugs but it had all been a set up for the police to get a bonus. Basically I don't want to be put in a position that will draw attention to me and end up being framed! I know, I'm being paranoid, but I can't help it! I just keep telling myself that they wouldn't be sold if they were getting people in trouble?...!

When do you go and where are you going to? Sorry if that sounds a bit stalker-ish, but I'm just interested! Maybe you could let me know how you get on?!


4. Posted by KitCat (Full Member 65 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

My theory is that you just can't worry too much. If you are gonna get framed then you can get framed on anything. I should think that the emergency kits are quite standard and you can't do much harm by taken it with you. (I hope anyway). Hooray, I am so happy for you as you must be so excited. I am going not long after you on the 6th of Dec, so I share your excitement. I will be going to Hong Kong first to visit some family, then off to Hanoi on the 23rd, then Cambodia, Loas, China, Tibet, Kathmandu to Thailand down Malaysia to Indonesia to Perth by around this time next year. Who knows we might cross each others path.

5. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Philippa,

If you really, really worry about that, I suggest that you remove those syringes and other "obviously dangerous/suspicious" items that are "non-critical" from the kit. And check-in the kit with your luggage in case the security checks in airports stop you from carrying it into the plane.

Cheers, :)

6. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I know, but I don't want to be caught out needing an injection somewhere with a dirty needle! I just don't know.

KitKat, I am going to be in Hong Kong on the 20th Dec after about 3 and a half weeks through China. Shall we keep in touch and try to meet up?!;)

7. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

May I know under what condition or circumstances do you need to inject yourself?

If you really need those for whatever reasons, go to a nearby clinic. If you notice that the needle is not "fresh" from the pack, go to a hospital.

When do you expect to be in Malaysia? Want to meet up as well for a vege-meal? Hehe...


8. Posted by Peter (Admin 6632 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I've never had a syringe with me in my first aid kit. I've bought multiple ones that didn't include syringes. I can't really see what I would inject myself with..

I'd actually be interested to know what people's first aid kits include generally! I always wonder how much is necessary. From overhearing a conversation on a plane once, I heard the SINGLE most important thing is a pair of rubber gloves to protect yourself when helping others. This was some first aid training specialist suggesting that. I find that bandaids and bandages are the things I am most likely to need. Saline eye drops are great if you get something in your eye, tweezers are great of course and antiseptic cream is essential. What else is in the Boots kit?

9. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Well, the first aid kit has things like plasters, eye bath, bandages,tweezers, rubber gloves, antiseptic wipes etc. but when I went to get my vaccinations at the School of Tropical Medicine, the nurse there reccommended we got an emergency aid kit. My boyfriend went and got it and when he came back it's full of needles and syringes and tubes to take out blood!!! Apparently it's not for you to use yourself, just if you are somewhere and need an injection for whatever reason and you don't trust the hygiene at the clinic or wherever, you can ask them to use your needles as you know they are clean and don't risk any nasty infections.

Maybe I am being naive, but I would rather trust the places out there. My friend spent a while in a Thai hospital and actually loved it, she said it was better than the NHS! It just seems alot of trouble could be caused for something we probably won't need, or can get while we are away. But, then again, I don't want to tempt fate and end up with some crusty needle in my veins!

Has anyone actually needed an injection and then been worried about how sterile the needle was? I leave tomorrow so any help would be appreciated!!!

10. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I think the main thing is you can't have needles in your hand-luggage unless you have a doctors note to prove its essential for you(eg you're diabetic)

How much was the Boots first aid kit?