The Basic and Totally Necessary Travel First-Aid Kit

The thing about travel is, you never know what’s going to happen. One-half of my family comes from a nursing background – so they’re big on being prepared for the worst. Before my first solo adventure abroad, my auntie bought me a first-aid kit filled with some pretty scary ‘what-if’ scenarios. And honestly, most of them were a waste of much-needed luggage space.

The thing is, first-aid kits are important when travelling. And the amount of travellers I’ve met along the way who haven’t even packed Band-Aids has shocked me.

After years of travel, I’ve managed to narrow down what’s absolutely necessary to make sure you’re prepared for the basic ‘what-ifs’. Because let's face it, if you need to bandage up large wounds, you probably should focus on getting to a hospital.

So next time you’re off on an adventure, make a little space in your luggage for your basic travel first-aid kit*.

Band-Aids

Completely necessary for any kind of travel! I even carry them in my day-to-day bag at home. Band-Aids come in handy for multiple situations, whether you've got a cut, a sore or need some temporary tape. It's a great way to make new friends too.

Paracetamol

Another obvious must, and probably doesn't need explaining. Never leave the country without some paracetamol in your bag.

Tampons

This may not be necessary for the fellas out there, but ladies, you know the drill! Even if you're planning on skipping your period while overseas, you never know with these kinds of things. Pack several just in case you get caught without them.

Hydrolite

A little effervescent tablet that can go a long way. Hydrolite quickly dissolves in a glass of water for quick hydration relief. It's very handy if you have one-too-many glasses of wine one night, feeling a little off one day or had a spot of gastro. Which leads me to my next point...

GastroStop

No matter where you're off to, GastroStop can be your knight in shining armour. If you've never heard of it, it does what the name suggests - it puts gastro on pause until you get back home. You won't feel 100% but at least you won't be bedridden. Tip: if you're not heading home for a while, maybe just give yourself a few days of gastro to get rid of it completely.

Betadine

You never really know what might happen, so when something does go wrong, it's always good to have some antiseptic on hand. Betadine comes in a concentrated formula, in a convenient little bottle – perfect for travel. I've handed it over to fellow travellers on more than one occasion. It's always better to be safe and put some Betadine on your cut, than sorry.

Cold and flu tablets

Not completely necessary, but handy when travelling in cold climates for extended periods of time.

Motion sickness tablets

For those of you prone to motion sickness, be prepared for the worse! I don't get motion sick very often, but there have been a few times travelling where I wish I had some on me.

If you've got a medical condition

And most importantly, if you've got allergies, asthma or any medical condition, don't leave your meds at home! Even if you never use them. You just never know what you'll encounter while travelling. And there's nothing worse than being in a foreign country stuck without your meds.

 

* Note, this first-aid kit is for your general travel. If you're going for a hiking adventure, I'd recommended doing some more research into what you'll need.

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What else do you like to take with you in your travel first-aid kit?