How to Make a Travel First-Aid Kit

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Travel includes no shortage of opportunities for injuries and accidents, and as much as we don’t like to think about anything bad interfering with our plans, we’re also of the belief that it’s important to be prepared. When we’re on the road, one of the main ways we like to stay protected is by always having a first-aid kit on-hand. While the contents may vary depending on the type of travel, in general, we find some items are always worth having. Read on to learn how to make a travel first-aid kit of your own. 

Focus on Essentials

It may be tempting to stuff your kit with everything but the kitchen sink, but for travel, you’re better off focusing on essential items to help get you through until you can reach a clinic or pharmacy. Most important to include are various sizes of bandages, sterile gauze, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and tweezers, but you should also be sure to remember any personal medications. Additionally, always carry a copy of your prescriptions with your travel documents.

Consider Your Destination

Different locations come with different types of health risks, so research your destination to understand the potential health concerns it may present. For example, some countries contain insects that carry certain diseases, while others may have pollution or plants that are likely to cause allergies. In addition to basic supplies for treating bumps and bruises, consider packing region-specific items such as insect repellent or antihistamines in your kit.

Restock Regularly

Medical supplies that are beyond their expiration date will be ineffective at best and potentially even dangerous at worst. Before each trip, go through your kit to double check that you’ve got enough supplies and medications aren’t expired.