When I travel, I always ensure my first aid kit is packed into my bags. It pays to be prepared, as you’ll never know when a headache will rear it’s evil head (hmm… is that a pun?), diarrhoea may strike, or you may accidentally cut yourself.
So, the question is… what should you pack into a first aid kit? You don’t want to pack every type of medication, crutches and a wheelchair – so, what are the essentials? Feel free to share in the comments, if you have preferred medication that should be included.
Anti-diarrhoea (also spelt diarrhea)
Imodium or Lomotil – this is one of the most common illnesses, possibly due to unclean food or stomachs that are not used to the foreign food.
Charcoal pills, also known as ultracarbon, are good for managing the churning feeling in your stomach due to excess wind.
Pain, Headaches and Fever
Paracetemol, the active ingredient of Panadol is a general all-purpose painkiller drug and should always be stocked up. Alternatives include Ibuprofen or Aspirin.
When traveling in the harsh cold, it’s inevitable you may get a case of the sniffles. Packing in a few strips of Clarinase will help dry the nose and help you sleep more comfortably. An alternative is Chloramine.
Depending on where you’re traveling, or the mode of transport, you may want to get some Dramamine. It comes in handy if you’re going on a liveonboard scuba diving trip or if you’re on a cruise.
If you’re walking a lot, as you should when on holiday, you may have unanticipated muscle aches. Throw in a tube of deep-heat rub and get your significant other to give you a good rub at the end of a long day.
Another general item that should be included in all medical kits is plasters. Get a set with several sizes that can be used for various parts of the body.
Prevention is better than cure. Before falling ill, boost your immune system with some supplements to help prevent illness.