YOUR FIRST AID TRAVEL KIT: PACKING FOR YOUR HEALTH
Updated: Apr 6
Experience is a great teacher, and sometimes the lessons are hard ones. Some of my lessons have taught me what to include in a “first aid travel kit” that always comes with me on trips. I wanted to share some essentials for a travel first aid kit that you'll want to toss into your carry-on or check-in luggage. Your kit may vary according to your body’s needs and any medical conditions you have.
Here’s a list of over-the-counter medications you may want to include:
Alcohol wipes – In addition to having some in your kit, it’s a good idea to have in your bag for when you’re out and about.
Antibacterial ointment – Don’t let a minor cut become a major problem. Neosporin is a great option.
Anti-diarrhea medication – Imodium or Pepto-Bismol can come in handy if you get a stomach bug or eat something that disagrees with your belly.
Antihistamine – Very helpful in case of a mild allergic reaction.
Anti-itch or hydrocortisone cream – Great to have on hand to stop the itch of a bug bite or a rash. I bring a small tube of Gold Bond.
Anti-motion sickness medication – Good to have on hand if you have motion sickness issues.
Band-Aids – Blisters on my heels from sneakers that apparently weren’t broken in well enough became my lesson in making sure these were always in my kit.
Decongestant – They are a huge help with my ears when flying.
Mild laxative – Changes in routine, foods and alcohol intake can affect another one of your bodies “routines. ”
Pain/fever medicine – From a headache to a mild sprain, this is on my “don’t leave home without it” list- Tylenol or Motrin
Whether you consider them as part of your “travel health kit” or on another packing list, be sure to include these “preventative care” items- sunscreen, insect repellent and hand sanitizer.
Other items I have I like to have with me or tweezers, a safety pin and a pack of matches. These items can come in handy for all sorts of things such as removing a tick, popping a blister or getting a splinter out.
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