How to Make a Travel First Aid Kit

It’s common to suffer from dizziness, digestive discomfort, hives and minor trauma whilst travelling. A travel first aid kit should be prepared for these circumstances.
How to Make a Travel First Aid Kit

Last update: 24 March, 2020

A travel first aid kit can be prepared individually, depending on the specific needs of the traveler. Think about where you’re traveling to, the type of transport you’ll be using, as well as your age and general health. Traveling to rural, tropical or urban areas isn’t the same. Adapt your first aid kit according to your destination and your personal needs. You also have to consider the length of the trip and the type of disorders you are predisposed to when you move.

In this article, we’ll offer some tips.

Thinking about what to put in your travel first aid kit

Overall, some of the most frequent problems that appear when traveling are:

  • Motion sickness
  • Stings: and subsequent hives
  • Digestive disorders
  • Small injuries

Based on these most frequent problems, it’s important to include products that cover the needs they may cause. Next, we’ll explain in more detail what’s most practical for each case.

Motion sickness

Motion sickness can occur from any form of transport. However, if you’re traveling by plane, the symptoms can be exacerbated due to anxiety about flying. The main symptoms are nausea, vomiting, hyperventilation, sweating and a general feeling of dizziness.

In your travel kit, make sure to include medications to prevent dizziness, such as dimenhydrinate – alone or with caffeine – and meclozine. A single dose of meclozine has a long-lasting effect, making it suitable for long trips.

Dimenhydrinate may require several doses, depending on the duration of the trip. It isn’t suitable for children under 2 years of age.

However, you should seek advice from your doctor if you are pregnant or lactating. In these cases, ginger capsules or gum can be used, always consulting with the gynecologist beforehand.

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Any transport is capable of generating motion sickness

Stings and hives

Insect bites or reactions from plants may happen during trips to tropical places. Depending on the intensity, a number of them and personal sensitivity, they can cause allergic symptoms and itchy skin infections.

Preventing them is the best option, so it’s advisable to wear clothes that cover arms and legs and use mosquito nets and repellent devices. Travel first aid kits generally contain repellents, both in liquid and bracelet form.

Treatments include calamine lotion and antihistamine cream. Herbal remedies and essential oils are also useful.

Digestive discomforts

We change our eating habits while away, so it’s normal to suffer from an upset stomach. Examples of this are gas, feeling bloated, acidity, burning and reflux. Constipation and diarrhea are also common.

Your travel first aid kit needs to include antacids to relieve bloating, acidity and reflux. You can also choose herbal medicine. There are products available based on combinations of various medicinal plants such as papaya, artichoke, milk thistle, fennel, anise or rhubarb. For gas or trapped wind, use antiflatulents such as simethicone or carminative plants like anise, caraway or fennel.

Travel first aid kit: prepare for diarrhea and constipation

To relieve diarrhea, include sachets of mineral salts and glucose in your first aid kit to help re-hydrate. It’s also recommended that you take probiotics to recover intestinal flora. If you need to stop diarrhea, you need to have medicine containing loperamide. Or, if you need to alleviate constipation, you need to have a laxative such as bisacodyl, picosulfate or senna.

You may also be interested in: How to treat constipation without laxatives

Dressings for a travel first aid kit

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Injuries are a certain possibility when traveling, so be prepared

You need to include materials for covering small wounds, blisters, burns, sprains or strains in your first aid kit. We recommend that you include the following:

  • Physiological saline solution for cleaning wounds.
  • Disinfectants, such as povidone-iodine or chlorhexidine solution.
  • Dressings, like gauze, bandages, plasters, stitches, dressings and support bandages.
  • Topical anti-inflammatories like cream or ointment for minor and light burns.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Instant cold packs.
  • Hand sanitizer for disinfecting hands and surfaces.

Problems such as sore throat, cold, fever, muscle aches, and headaches can occur at any time.  That’s why you should also have pain killers like paracetamol in your first aid kit.

It’s important to be prepared

If you prepare your travel kit properly, you’ll avoid complications that can spoil your vacation. When in doubt, your pharmacist or doctor can help you prepare your kit according to the route you’ll take.

You must also understand that there are diseases that you can get traveling and you can’t prepare for. That’s why it’s essential to have travel insurance for these circumstances and that you consult your destination’s local hospital when necessary.

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