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12 Things to Prepare for Your Travel First Aid Kit

If you plan on traveling abroad, it is best to pack a trusty travel first aid kit. First Aid kit can save you from inconvenient visits to a doctor, especially when you are in an unfamiliar rural place. It’s evident that you will get a cut or scratch when you’re out and about, especially if you want to hike or do other physical activities, thus a travel first aid kit will come in handy when such situations arise.

1. Begin with a durable container

The first procedure in building a travel first-aid kit is to get a compartmentalized box made of strong plastic, not those made of cloth. You need something durable that can be squeezed into your backpack or luggage without fear of breakage. It will be easier to buy a premade travel first aid kit and then customize it.

Bring along the following essentials:

2. Plasters (Bandages)

These are definite essentials in any first aid kit. The most common form of minor injury is a cut or a graze, so it is always a good idea to carry a handful of various types of plasters. If you think you will be doing a lot of trekking on your travels and you are not used to that form of exercise, then blister plasters will be a smart preparation.

3. Gauze

It can be used to apply pressure to a wound, clean an injury, soak up blood, help stop bleeding, and even form part of a basic dressing for small-to-medium wounds. A clean wound and a layer of gauze kept down with either tape or a bandage is often enough to allow time for you to go and get it looked at by a professional. Individually wrapped sterile squares are the best type of gauze to have in a first aid kit. This saves you much hassle in cutting them to a smaller size when you need them urgently and hence, makes it easier to keep the wound clean and sterile.

4. Elastic crepe bandages

When you have a wound slightly bigger than a cut, basic bandages are necessary to keep small dressings clean until you can receive medical attention.

5. Surgical tape

Surgical tape is one of those essential emergency items when you need to apply and secure gauze or a bandage to a wound.

6. Small scissors

Small scissors are useful for trimming gauze or bandages to size.

7. Tweezers

Tweezers are useful for removing splinters, getting the foreign debris out when cleaning a wound, or any other practical uses.

8. Antiseptic wipes

Antiseptic wipes are perfect for cleaning your cut or wounds before applying a dressing. Like most basic items, they are easy to replace at any pharmacy when you run low.

9. Paracetamol Tablets

A small pack of basic paracetamol or any of the associated brand names are usually sufficient, but ibuprofen or other similar medications are fine too. It doesn’t have to be fancy — basically whatever you normally take for pain relief when you have a headache or minor pain.

10. Germolene Cream

It happens to all of us on our travels: we get bitten by some forms of insects and end up with a painfully itchy bump or rash. Although the majority of the bumps and stings are not worth worrying about, they are extremely annoying. A good Germolene Cream is a useful addition to help control the itching and swelling.

11. Antibacterial creams

It's also a good idea to carry antibacterial creams like Neosporin for any cuts and scrapes you get. This will help heal them faster as well as prevent any possible infections.

12. Dulcolax tablet

If you have a history of constipation, you should carry some motion sickness medicine such as Dulcolax tablet.For any conditions that require more than what is covered in this article, a professional medical should be sought. Pack a portable first aid kit for yourself whenever you are traveling. This way, you can enjoy traveling without any worries and know that you have prepared yourself a first aid kit.

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