Source: Columbia University School of Nursing via News-Medical
Travel First Aid Kits - Domestic & International Travel Safety Emergency KitsIllness or injury can ruin a trip, so whenever you travel away from home, it is essential that you have a Travel first aid kit. Make sure you have all the resources you need to stay healthy -- or in the case of a bump or bruise, to make sure you can administer self-care and get back to exploring. Too many travelers assume the over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies we find in any drug store will be available on their journeys - this is often not the case, so bring a first aid kit specifically designed for traveling! To enable you to cope if a more significant health problem interrupts your travels, your first aid kit should also contain items to help you treat injuries and reduce symptoms of illness for a period of time until you can get further medical attention.
Good first aid kit can help make your vacation perfect
Planning a vacation? Make a little room in your luggage for a travel first aid kit. It won't cost much, and it won't take up much space. Once you reach your destination, you won't need to reach any further than your suitcase to relieve those minor aches and pains that can put a major damper on your plans. A basic travel first aid kit should include prescription medicines in the original bottles, as well as a handful of over-the-counter remedies you can buy just about anywhere, says Caroline Sullivan, DNP, assistant professor at Columbia University School of Nursing. Generics can work just as well as brand-name products, and may also save you some money."A good first aid kit should help you cope with many of the situations that can make your vacation less than perfect - like a headache or a stomach ache," says Sullivan, also an adult nurse practitioner at the Primary and Immediate Care practice at Columbia Doctors. "Once you set up the kit, just check the contents before every trip to make sure you have enough supplies and nothing has expired." Here's what should go in the kit: 1.Pepto-Bismol tablets to relieve diarrhea, upset stomach, heartburn, indigestion, and nausea after too much food and drink 2.Tylenol or Advil to ease a headache or fever 3.Cortizone 10 cream to soothe an itchy, swollen insect bite 4.Antibiotic ointment like Neosporin or Bacitracin to prevent infection from minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. 5.Band-Aids to cover up blisters, or those minor cuts and scrapes 6.Benadryl to relieve allergies, and also to help you sleep 7.Hand sanitizer to kill germs before they make you sick 8.Tissues to sneeze, dab cuts, and clean hands in a pinch