The Essential Travel First Aid Kit
When you are traveling it is important to consider packing a first aid kit. You do't plan for accidents or illnesses to happen when you are traveling, but they can easily occur and ruin an entire trip. Plan ahead and prepare by packing a travel first aid kit!
The following is a list of what I believe to be the essential travel first aid kit. I adjust this list when packing for my travels, but I try to incorporate as much of list into my kit as a I can!
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor so please consult your personal doctors before you use medicine of any kind.
First Aid Kit Case
Having all of your first aid supplies in one easy to grab case makes it easier to find your supplies in case of an emergency. I love this case because of the different compartments the make is easy to organize, and the handle that makes it easy to transport.
Medicine & Pill Organizer:
Instead of packing the large medicine or pill containers, why not pack just what you need for the trip? This organizer makes it really easy to bring everything for your medicine cabinet without actually bringing your entire medicine cabinet!
Antihistamines are great for dealing with allergies of any kind - from environmental, food, bugs, anything. This is a great thing to have on hand for those unexpected reactions that will easily put a damper on your trip.
If you are someone who loves to try new foods as you travel, this is definitely something you should have in your first aid kit. Heart burn or an upset stomach can easily ruin a trip and this will help you cope with that!
Ibuprofen is something I never leave home without. It is great for headaches, toothaches, sore muscles, etc.
Electrolyte tablets are something that I like to have on hand for in case I get sick. My husband and I both got food poisoning in Thailand on our honeymoon and we were wishing we had these! Thankfully, we were able to find Gatorade near our hotel but I will not always carry these with us! They are also something great to consider for beach trips or anywhere you may spend a lot of time in the sun.
Cold can happen anywhere, even in warm places. Traveling often has you in close proximity to other people (like on the plane, train, etc.) and you can pick up germs anywhere! It better to be prepared for a possible cold than having to go search for medicine while on vacation.
I always pack Melatonin when I am changing time zones while traveling. It's a natural sleep aid that will help you adjust to the differences in your sleep schedule. I even take it when I fly to help me sleep on the plane!
Motion Sickness relief
If you are someone who gets motion sickness, you are probably already bringing this on your trip! I'm not someone who often gets motion sickness but I like to have this on hand. Being motion sick is the worst and can easily ruin a vacation!
Sore Muscle Relief
My husband and I love to be active on our vacations. Tiger balm is something that I have been using since I was a kid and I love it. Rub it on sore muscles for relief after a long day exercising! It's amazing stuff!
Bandaids are always a good idea to pack on vacation. I always bring a variety pack because you never know what size you may end up using. I love this pack because it includes waterproof bandaids as well.
Gauze pads are great for scrapes, burns, larger cuts. I feel and scraped by knee hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park last year and was so happy that I packed these. I was able to keep my cut clean while still being about to continue having fun outside for the rest of the trip!
This is an absolute must for me on vacation! Cut will heal faster with it and it helps to keep your wounds clean.
It may seem like overkill to pack an elastic bandage but you will be thankful that you have it if you need it. If you roll an ankle, twist your knee, or hurt another joint this will help you to immobilize it and keep swelling down. If you are someone who visits remote places while traveling, I would definitely bring this!
Your eyes are sort of something your don't think about until they start to bother you. Eye drops can bring your relief for allergies or in dry climates. I also like to have them on hand for long airplane trips because the air is often so dry.
Protecting your skin from the sun is so important and sunburn can easily ruin a trip. Make sure to put it on, even on cloudy days. It would be a bummer if you ended up getting burnt and had to avoid sun exposure for the rest of your trip!
Chapstick with SPF
Don't forget to protect your lips as well! I always like to pack chapstick for any trip and I always make sure it has SPF for extra protection.
If you do happen to get burnt, you will be wishing you had Aloe Vera. It is a great gel that helps to cool your burn and add moisture to you skin so it can better heal itself.
Bugs may seem like a small threat but they can do damage to your body and cause your to itch for days. Avoid being bite as best you can with bug spray.
Anti Itch Cream
Anti itch cream is great to have on hand for insect bites, reactions to plants, etc. It's on of those things that you may not think about until you really need it. Pack it and you will be glad that you did when you are itching like crazy!
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