When you travel abroad it is always a good idea to take a few first aid essentials with you in a kit that you can easily carry. Accidents and health incidents happen when you travel and there are a few things you can have with you to treat minor ailments. You may not be able to buy first aid items when you are traveling, and if you can the items may be more expensive than you are used to and you probably won’t be able to find your favorite brands. Don’t go overboard – it’s important to be able to carry your bag so don’t overload yourself.
What is essential for a travel first aid kit? Pack some gauze pads and adhesive tape for cuts, as well as band aids in various sizes and an elastic strap for sprains. You can also include antihistamine tablets for allergic reactions and antihistamine cream for bug bites. Take anti-diarrhea medication as well as medication for seasickness if you are going on a cruise. Take pads for treating blisters and some painkilling medication for headaches and the flu.
You should include some insect repellent, and a good quality sun screen, as well as your own personal prescription items. Keep your prescription drugs in your carry on luggage to prevent loss. A small pair of scissors in addition to a pair of tweezers will also be useful. You need to keep your kit in your checked baggage because scissors and liquids and creams will not pass through security in your carry on luggage.
In addition to a first aid kit, the most important thing you can carry when you travel is visitor health insurance. For anything other than a minor ailment or illness you need to visit a hospital or doctor, and for this you need visitor insurance if you don’t want to end up with large medical bills.