As you travel, you may run into unexpected things, and it is best to be prepared. This first aid kit supplies the basic needs. This would not be extensive enough for a backpacking trek through the wildness for example. All of the items on this list can be found at your local pharmacy. It is also important to have a good working knowledge of first aid. I have been First-aid/CPR/AED/Lifeguard certified for the past seven years and continue to do re-certifications. Check out your local Red Cross for First-aid classes.
I used a plastic peanut butter jar for my container. It is a great size and quite durable (plus FREE!).
The must haves:
– Assorted sizes of bandaids – very simple but bandaids can be a life saver from small splinters to keeping cuts clean.
– Alcohol prep pads – necessary for cleaning cuts before bandaging!
– Sterile gauze pad – good to have one or two just in case to stop bleeding
– Triple Antibiotic Ointment – put on a cut AFTER CLEANING and before the bandaid to keep the germs out.
– Adhesive Tape – comes in handy for example taping hurt fingers/toes together, keeping a stubborn bandaid on, holding gauze on.
– Allergy tablets (such as Benadryl) – You may not be “allergic” to anything, but you never now what new (possible allergen) you may come across in your travel. These are just good to have.
– Imodium tablets – Diarrhea/Gas Relief (thankfully I haven’t had to use any of these)
– Painkillers – More than likely you will experience some sort of pain in your travels. I have a small bottle of these just for that reason.
– Small scissors – for cutting adhesive tape or gauze
– Phenylephrine – nasal decongestant, helps with that obnoxious stuffy nose
– Hydrocortisone cream – itch relief, good for bug bites or small rashes
– Radio Salil (like Bengay or Icyhot) – relief of muscular and joint pain. I picked up the radio salil in Spain, and it has become my best friend for back pain.
– Moleskin – some people may want this for trips with a lot of walking. I brought some when I walked El Camino de Santiago, but I preferred other methods of dealing with blisters (like the french way of threading some string through the blister to let it drain out or just down-right popping them).
– Tweezers – you may want these to pull out any splinters
– Water purification tablets – depends on where you are going, but your body may react to whatever is in the water just because it is different than what you are used to at home. I have been okay without them for the travel I have done so far but would suggest using them in some countries.
– Motion-sickness medicine – if you are prone to sea-sickness, airplane-sickness, train-sickness, I highly suggest having this with you.