First Aid Kit for Traveling – Build your Own

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First Aid Kit

You’re off on your first extended trip to a developing country…or maybe you’re just flying to Bangkok for a short visit. You’ve seen a travel doctor and had all the recommended shots, but, as we all know something can go wrong.

Travelers should always carry a first aid kit. For extended trips, you can purchase large pre-assembled medical kits from most pharmacies or outdoor stores. But you can also make your own smaller (and more useful) kit from personal medications and the lists below.

 

First Aid Kit Checklist

Take this first aid kit list as a recommendation only. It should NEVER replace your doctor’s advice and your own judgment. What you need depends on your destination, and how remote your trip will be.

  • band-aids – various sizes – for small wounds, cuts and scratches
  • sterile gauze dressings – various sizes – to cover larger wounds
  • light elastic bandage – 8 cm x 4 m – to fix sterile gauze dressings
  • elastic bandage/bandage crepe heavy duty- 8 cm x 5 m – to immobilise a limb
  • roll of adhesive tape – you can fix many things with it
  • bandage triangular – for slings
  • wound cleansing tissue – individual packed moist tissues to clean wounds
  • alcohol pads – useful to clean instruments
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • safety pins
  • antiseptic cream
  • cream or gel for burns
  • antihistamine cream and pills – for insect bites and mild allergic reactions.
  • insect repellent
  • sun block cream
  • pain killers – Aspirin, Paracetamol – for minor pain and fever
  • antacid tablets – if your prone to getting heartburn
  • multi-use tool – Swiss Army knife or Leatherman
  • a record of your health problems and your personal medications
  • a First Aid book
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Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin

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