If you are travelling either for a short vacation or long term a well thought out and well-stocked travel first aid kit is a necessity. Your first aid kit is your survival kit.
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We have been fairly lucky in the health department when we have travelled with only the odd stomach issues mostly in Mexico and Peru. In San Cristobal de las Casas in Mexico, we asked for water to go with the Mezcal we were drinking. The staff on the previous night questioned whether we wanted bottled water or tap water and of course, we chose the bottled water. Our last night in San Cristobal, a new staff member of the establishment just served us water from the tap. We had an 8-hour bus ride the next day. We won’t go into further details but you can imagine how we felt.
In Peru, we had travelled to Ollantaytambo prior to trekking Machu Picchu. We researched Tripadvisor for the best cafe for lunch and 6 hours later we got an experience that we would not want to repeat again. Needless to say, 48 hours later and we were on the road to recovery.
A certain level of fitness is required to travel long term. When you are travelling long term you are changing time zones, eating different cuisines and jumping on and off all different types of transport. If we can find a good walking tour or even a food walking tour we book it.
After your travel always replenish your first aid travel kit. In particular, check tablets and medicines for expiry dates.
The information provided here is for general travel health advice and information only. It is not a replacement for a personal consultation with a travel nurse specialist, your GP, or a doctor specializing in travel medicine who can tailor advice to your individual medical history and needs.
Your first aid kit list should include:
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We recommend Hydrolytes. Vomiting and diarrhoea can lead to dehydration. Drinking hydrolytes restores vital electrolytes back into your system. We prefer to carry the tablets in our medical kit.
If you cannot find Imodium and you are in Central or South America charcoal tablets also work well.
Dulcolax Tablets can also relieve the effects.
Heartburn is a form of indigestion where you can feel an uncomfortable burning experience.
Stomach Cramp Relief
Buscopan can assist in those nasty stomach cramps.
Travel Sickness Relief
Some of us do not travel well and need some relief, Travelcalm Ginger by Blackmores can help.
For pain relief from headaches and aches and pain, a stock of Panadol or similar in your travel first aid kit is recommended.
Antihistamines (for insect bites)
For insect bites from bees, march flies, mosquito bites and others antihistamines Zyrtec assists.
Swimmers Ear Drops
Lubricant eye drops
First Aid Supplies
A must every time you travel. It should be handy in your handbag or backpack.
Bite & Sting Relief
A range of tweezers for all types of use such as tick removal, eyebrow shaping etc
General -Medical Kit
Water Purification Tablets
Baby Wipes/Wet Ones
General First Aid Kits (already prepared)
These are great emergency kits that come in all sizes and budgets.
Baby First Aid Kits
Dog First Aid Kits
Car First Aid Kits
Hiking First Aid Kits
Back Packing First Aid Kits
Camping First Aid Kits
First Responder Kit
Sports First Aid Kits
Horse First Aid Kits
Boat First Aid Kits
Pet First Aid Kits
First Aid Manual
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