Traveling can be an amazing experience or an unimaginable nightmare. Accidents do happen, and it’s important to prepare for the unexpected. Packing a travel medicine bag may not seem like the most exciting part of prepping for a trip, but it’s one you should consider if you’re planning on traveling for any period. There are a few things that you should always have in your bag to make your trip as safe as possible.
How to Build a Travel Medicine Kit
A travel medicine kit is an essential part of every kind of travel, both domestic and international. Since travel can be unpredictable, it is important to prepare for the unexpected. Your travel medicine kit should be able to take care of most mild illnesses and injuries. Start by using a small zip-up bag or small box that is clearly labeled.
Falls, scraps, and scratches are very common, so you will likely experience them on your trip. Here is a basic list of items to include in your travel first aid kit:
- Have hand sanitizer to clean your hands before and after working on your injury. This is also good to have to protect yourself from germs while away from home.
- Use alcohol wipes to clean a small cut or scrape so it does not get infected.
- An instant cold pack can be used for minor falls or bumps.
- Several sizes of bandages will help you cover your bases when it comes to minor cuts and scrapes.
- An antibacterial ointment can be used on a cut to prevent infection.
- Pain relievers, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can relieve minor aches and pains due to an injury.
- Tweezers can help remove any minor splinters or debris from a cut.
- Small scissors can be used in various situations, but it is important to note that if you are traveling by plane, scissors should be put in a checked bag by TSA regulations.
If you are visiting somewhere where you will be outside a lot, it is a good idea to be prepared to protect your skin. Consider including the following items in your travel medicine kit to address any skin issues:
- Sunscreen with SPF 30 or above can protect your skin from sunburn.
- If you do get a sunburn, aloe vera can ease any redness and pain.
- Calamine lotion can be used if you have a minor allergic reaction.
Stomach problems can happen anywhere, especially if you are in a place with new and unfamiliar foods. Use these items to address minor stomach problems:
- Antacids can ease minor stomach pains and heartburn.
- Anti-diarrhea medication is an important thing to pack if you could be exposed to unfamiliar foods.
- Stool softeners can ease constipation and make it easier for you to continue your travels.
- Motion sickness medication is particularly important if you do any boat travel.
Allergies and Colds
Allergies and colds are unpredictable, so it is important to be prepared for them. Here are some items you may need to address any allergies and colds:
- Having a thermometer can help you assess whether you need professional medical assistance.
- Antihistamines, like Claritin, can ease any allergies you may have on your trip.
- Cold relief medication can improve the effects of a minor cold, like a stopped-up nose or headache.
- In the age of COVID-19, it is important to have extra disposable masks on hand.
How to Get Ready for Your Trip
In addition to preparing your travel medicine kit, there are several other steps you should take before jet setting. Be sure to visit your primary care physician to ensure you are up to date on your vaccinations. This is also a good time to refill your prescriptions and get advice based on your travel destination. Additionally, remember to check for any COVID-19 testing requirements based on your destination.
How to Use Your Travel Medicine Kit
Hopefully, you will not need to use your travel medicine kit on your trip, but if you do, here are some guidelines for proper usage.
- Always follow the dosages listed on the packaging.
- Don’t use any medications that are expired.
- If your symptoms do not improve, it may be time to seek medical assistance.
Travel is exciting and fun, but it is important to stay safe. Build your travel medicine kit today!
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