What to pack in an emergency first aid kit

It is good to be prepared on a trip abroad and to take precautions. What you should pack in your first aid kit depends on the type of trip that you are going on. I have created a kit for all occasions. It is important to note that before any trip, you should check with your doctor to make sure that you receive the best, most up-to-date travel information about your destination choice. You never know when you might scrape your knee or feel a little unwell and packing these essentials can make life easier for you.

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Simple Travel Kitfor travel to destinations that has many amenities, pharmacies and is well connected

Bandages and plasters (different sizes)
Antiseptic gel/wipes
Tweezers
Pain Killers
Sun cream
DEET- to protect from bug bites
Antihistamines- for itches or stings
Head Torch

Medium Travel Kitfor travel to destinations that are a bit of the beaten track, but still relatively close to local amenities

Bandages and plasters (different sizes)
Elasticised Bandage wrap and safety pins
Antiseptic gel/wipes
Tweezers
Pain Killers
Sun cream
DEET- to from bug bites
Antihistamines- for itches or stings
Anti-Diarrhoea tablets
Hydration salts
Anti-itch Cream
Scissors
Gauze pads
Head Torch

Full Travel Kit for travel to destinations that are remote, such as trekking

Bandages and plasters (different sizes)
Elasticised Bandage wrap and safety pins
Antiseptic gel/wipes
Tweezers
Pain Killers
Sun cream
DEET- to protect from bug bites
Antihistamines- for itches or stings
Anti-Diarrhoea tablets
Hydration salts
Anti-itch Cream
Scissors
Gauze pads- for larger cuts
Moleskin- to put into your shoes to prevent sores and blisters
Butterfly Closures- to help close bigger wounds
Sealed Syringes
Head Torch

Packing these items may help you should you have any unfortunate bugs or bruises. Mak sure you always read the instructions on any medication so that you do not exceed the recommended allowance. Every trip is unique and some trips may pose different health threats or problems that you may want to consider. It is a good idea to invest in a box or container to keep your emergency kit dry. For more information about travel and health, look at the InterHealth website for up to date information.

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