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Going Abroad? Here’s Your Essential First Aid Kit for Travelling Safely

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Categories: Health and Wellbeing / Travel Health /

first-aid-kit-5847889Going on holiday is one of the high points of the year for most people. It’s the chance to see new places, taste exotic food and partake in exciting new activities. However, even the best holiday can be ruined by ill-health so planning is all important and that includes a good first aid kit. Just a simple case of an upset tummy can cost you a couple of days of your getaway; and if you’re only away for a week, this is a significant percentage!

Protecting Yourself Whilst on Holiday


Before you leave, it’s important to compile a comprehensive first aid kit. Having a well-stocked medical kit will ensure that you have the best possible chance of remaining healthy whilst travelling, and that your trip won’t be spoiled by illness or injury.

You can purchase a first aid kit on the high street, or alternatively, you can make one of your own. The advantage of creating your own is that you can tailor the contents to suit you personally.

First Aid Check-List


Here are just a few essentials that you should have in your first aid kit:

  • Sun cream. Sunburn is not only uncomfortable, but it can also be highly damaging to your health. Indeed, malignant melanoma cancers are the fifth most common type of cancer in the UK. Aim to take as high a SPF as possible; especially if you’re pale skinned or have a tendency to burn quickly.
  • Insect repellent. A good DEET spray is highly effective at avoiding mosquito bites, as are natural sprays, such as lemongrass or citronella. You may also want to bring some after-bite cream or antiseptic treatment, to ensure that any bites you do suffer don’t become infected.
  • Plasters, gauze and scissors. Plasters and gauze are essential items for any first aid kit. They’re indispensable when it comes to blisters, cuts and sores, and can help to protect any open wounds from infection.
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets. An upset tummy can really ruin a holiday. Remember to pack some medication to help combat the problem. This is especially important for when you’re travelling and can’t easily get to a toilet!
  • Rehydration sachets. Rehydration sachets can be really useful if you do get ill and lose a lot of fluid. They’ll help you to recover from your illness more swiftly.
  • According to recent research, STIs are on the rise in the over 50s. Whilst you may not have to worry about pregnancy, you should still practice safe sex if it’s with a new partner, to avoid picking up any unwanted sexually transmitted infections.
  • Antihistamines are great if you suffer from allergies such as hay fever. They’re also useful in combatting itching from insect bites.
  • Antiseptic wipes. It’s handy having a packet of wipes with you when you’re out and about, in case you get injured and need to clean the wound before putting a plaster on.

Supplies of Medication


In addition to this, it’s important to ensure that you have enough supplies of any regular medication that you require, such as asthma inhalers, cholesterol lowering medication and high blood pressure tablets. If you need prescription medicines, it’s important to carry a small supply in your hand luggage in the event of losing your cases in transit. Take a note of the names and details of all your medications to be able to obtain fresh supplies in an emergency. It’s also advisable to take pain-relief with you too, to ease any symptoms should you become ill whilst abroad.

If you would like to read more about common travel health problems please click on this link to our article on DVT and other problems to be aware of.

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References:

* http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/travelhealth/Pages/Travelhealthkit.aspx

* http://www.fpa.org.uk/sexual-health-week/middle-age-spread-stis-over-50s

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