Travel Unravelled Q&A Series: First-Aid Kits

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1. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

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What is in your medical/first-aid kit? Well, first of all, do you carry a first-aid kit? If so, what's in it? Are there some uncommon items that have proven useful?

We don't backpack nor do we stay in hostels. But, I always take some type of first-aid kit with me to accommodate our travel plans. It does vary from trip to trip as do our destinations and anticipated activities. It's also come in handy numerous times. (I'm a klutz.. Just ask Beerman.)


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2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3951 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I'm quite slack when it comes to taking a first- aid kit. I always take plasters and normally some loperamide/immodium (depending on where I'm travelling to) but that's about it. I might consider taking some antibiotics with me, again depending on where I'm going.

3. Posted by mcphersonsammy (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

What's in my first aid kit are basic medicines for basic and common ailments like headache, colds, cough, hyperacidity, and gastrointestinal ailments. If I have other ailments or other health concerns, I bring medicines for them, too. I also bring with me alcohol, band aid/bandage, cotton swabs, and other stuff that could help heal or relieve minor wounds.

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6. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

we always bring a basic first aid kit, mostly a walking/hikers one, so plasters, cooling gels, bandages etc, we're 'walking' disasters (sorry for the pun ) with our feet, other then that its just the usual headache/fever tablets and anti bite creams, ....nothing too special and most of the time the only thing used is the antibite creams...mosquitos can be pesky

7. Posted by allenparker (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Your first aid kit should be accessible and portable. I used to carry the below said items

- Bandages/band-aids of a different sizes
- Gauze
- Small roll Tape, enough to tape a skinned knee and a little more
- Small tube of antibacterial gel
- antifungal cream
- insect repellent
- thermometer
- antiseptic

8. Posted by aboo10 (Respected Member 122 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

We have kids, so most importantly we carry children's paracetamol plus a syringe.

Next up we carry antiseptic cream, band aids (preferably with pictures of Lightning McQueen or Dora) and bandages.

Because being sick parents is no fun at all, we also carry adult paracetamol, and usually something a bit stronger like Nurofen Plus (or Panadeine Forte) and Immodium (or similar).

Sunscreen, insect repellent and hand sanitiser of course.

9. Posted by jeanie99 (Full Member 165 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I have two two kits, one for
tape, bandages, plasters various sizes, ear plugs, seasickness bands, scissors

2nd for
Imodium, dehydration powders, sea sickness tablets, headache tablets, thermometer, antihistamine cream for bites, Vaseline.

In addition dependent on where I travel Malarone for Malaria,
supplements, omega 3, glucosamine, and vit D
Insect repellent, safe hands