The Benefits of Travel First Aid Kits

Instead of trying to pack another pair of shoes in your suitcase, add a small travel first aid kit. Be prepared for an emergency on the road, in the air, or anywhere on vacation. Use an old lunchbox to easily transport the travel first aid kit wherever you go.Like first aid kits for the home, stock your first aid kit with the basics such as: bandages of various sizes, a thermometer, tweezers and scissors, gauze pads, adhesive tape, and allergy medicine.But since you will be traveling away from your home medicine cabinet, you should also include: Dramamine, anti-diarrhea medicine, antacid, cough medicine, tissues, adult and children’s aspirin, copies of prescriptions, antibacterial hand cleaner, antiseptic ointment, and moleskin for blisters.If you will be spending time outside, fill your travel first aid kit with insect repellent, insect bite ointment, sun block, and lotion to soothe sunburns.You can purchase supplies for your travel first aid kit at drug stores, or buy a prearranged kit online. Many travel first aid kits cost under $10. Don’t be afraid to personalize purchased travel first aid kits with any additional supplies like you or you family might need. For example, include a plastic bag with a mild solution of soap and water, along with paper towels for a quick and inexpensive way to wash sticky hands.If you are traveling with your pet, don’t forget to pack some extras just for your pet like animal anti-diarrhea and upset stomach medicine. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about what you should pack, especially if you are traveling to a different environment. Kits are available online for about $15.By packing these extra supplies, you will not only avoid the inflated costs of hotel medicines, you will be prepared at the first signs of discomfort.