Travel Information – First Aid Kits
The most experienced and well-prepared travellers know that a properly-stocked First Aid Kit can make all the difference between a minor annoyance and a disaster.
Travel Insurance and Medical Insurance are essential. But one thing to bear in mind as you prepare for any journey, even if you’re going to a highly civilised and well-populated location, is that more or less anything can happen, and it happens at the most inconvenient times.
What if you can’t find a medical facility nearby, there’s no emergency clinic and the on-call doctor at your hotel isn’t available? These things happen. And that’s just the start. When you’re travelling abroad there’s more to consider than meets the eye.
- The medication or emergency treatment available might not be compatible – your health problem might demand treatment that simply isn’t available when you need it
- If you’re sick or injured, you’ll need to provide documents like your passport and insurance information at short notice, sometimes before you’ll be given any treatment. What happens to you if it isn’t possible?
- Even the best-qualified healthcare professionals abroad might have trouble understanding your needs – it’s a language thing
Essential First Aid Kit
Here’s a list of first aid items you don’t want to leave home without:
- A mild, broad-spectrum antibiotic, which you can safely take if you get severe diarrhoea
- Bismuth or loperamide for light diarrhoea
- Motion-sickness pills
- Painkillers, preferably your usual brand so you know it suits you
- Mild laxative
- Cough drops and cough syrup
- Antibacterial / anti-fungal cream
- 1% Hydrocortisone cream
There are also some common sense things you can do to avoid injury or illness in the first place. Remember to pack:
- Sunscreen (minimum SPF20 – with both UVA and UVB screen)
- Hand-wipes / hand-sanitiser (min. 60% alcohol)
- Eye drops, both anti-allergy and lubricating
- Vaseline and lip balm
Back to the basics, here’s a list of practical essentials:
- Cotton wool swabs
- Aloe Gel in case you get sunburn
- Re-hydration powder in case you get de-hydrated
Remember to make copies of the following documents and keep them in a safe place where they won’t get lost.
It also helps to have a dictionary handy, or a gadget on which you can access an online dictionary, in case you need to make yourself understood in a foreign language.
- Your passport
- Travel documents
- Health insurance documents
- Travel insurance documents
- Prescriptions for medicines you usually take
- If needed, a letter signed by your GP confirming the names and dosages of the medications you take
Extra Items You Might Need
Depending upon the countries and regions on your itinerary, and the activities yoiu’ve planned, there are more things you might like to take with you. Protective clothing and headgear, for example. Where your health is concerned, you can’t plan ahead carefully enough – the devil is in the detail.
Contact Us in Good Time
Make sure you contact our Travel Health Clinic in London as soon as you know your departure date and itinerary, so we can help you with all the preparations, vaccinations and medications you need.