How to pack a first aid kit
When you're constantly traveling or preparing for a family vacation, one of the most vital parts of your luggage is a first aid kit. It's easy to buy a simple first aid kit at the store with many essentials. But, it's easy to custom make your own first aid kit with essentials that are useful in any part of the world. Each item is also easy to find abroad in case you need it replaced while on the road.
Antibacterial Products: Besides keeping your hands bacteria free at an instant, antibacterial products are extremely handy in many different situations. Having antibacterial hand sanitizer can keep you germ free when a restroom lacks toilet paper, or you simply need a refresher after a long travel day. Pack an antibacterial topical solution to clean cuts and scrapes to keep these injuries from turning into an infection. These cleansing products can also be used to refresh your face quickly after a long and exhausting plane ride.
Basic Pain Relievers: Would you believe that brand name over the counter drugs have many different names abroad? Tylenol is known in the United States as the biggest pain reliever, when in most of Continental Europe, it is known as Paracetemol. It could be frustrating to find these simple drugs in countries where you might not be familiar with what you are taking. Invest in large bottles of these products for a long trip; such as Acetaminophen for pain and fever and Ibuprofen for aches and pain.
Allergy Medications: When you're discovering new experiences abroad, some can easily go disastrous quickly. Imagine savoring delicious curry in Thailand and having the worse allergic reaction to hot spices. Or, breathing in the fresh scent of tulips in Holland and getting a case of the sniffles. Over the counter allergy medicine is also different around the world; and confusing this medicine for something else can be life threatening. Besides packing your normal OTC antihistamine, if you have many allergies, invest in an Epi-Pen; an epinephrine dose used in extreme allergy emergencies.
Sterile Gauze Pads: Bandages are most often easily accessible and easy to throw in a travel bag. What could be extra comforting when extreme cuts or excessive bleeding is involved is a sterile gauze pad. Sold cheaply in many pharmacies, these pads can be used with a piece of scotch tape as a bandage. It can provide cushion for a wound as well. A neat tip is to use a gauze pad on a painful blister if you're itchy travel feet are aching.
Home Medications: For many travelers, this might seem like an obvious travel item to bring. Even more so, one may think it might be extremely easy to find a prescription abroad, but once again, some medications may not be known or even legally sold in other parts of the world. Besides carrying your basic pharmaceutical prescriptions, have your local doctor's information and insurance card handy in case you might need a prescription or need medical attention abroad. This can save lots of extra money in case you need a refill while traveling. Make sure to always consult with your home doctor before trusting a foreign doctor who may not understand your body as well.