First aid kits. Do you travel with one? If so, is it regularly updated before you venture off on your well-deserved vacation?
We have been travelling with a small first aid kit since 2013. During that time our most used items have been:
Hydrolyte tablets or hydrolyte drinks replace fluids and electrolytes after bouts of diarrhoea and vomiting. Once the tablet dissolves, sip on the drink at regular intervals making sure to throw it out if it is not refrigerated. If you can refrigerate, it will keep up to 24 hours.
If you haven’t heard of Po Chai or Charcoal tablets, that’s perfectly fine. Po Chai tablets can be found in Asia, e.g., Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, and we have been using them since we found out about them whilst living in Singapore in 2000.
We have purchased Charcoal tablets, a.k.a., Carbon tablets, in Mexico. Po Chai and Charcoal tablets assist in stopping diarrhoea and vomiting.
You can use our checklist as a guide for your travels, and depending on your destination you may need to add or subtract other items:
Before you travel, check your travel first aid kit and update any products that are out of date.
Check the countries that you are planning to visit for any mandatory or recommended vaccinations – you may need to have a booster. You may also need to be tested for Covid at the border entrance.
Speak to your doctor if you are travelling to a country with a high risk of malaria. Some medications that you may already take may have adverse reactions to malaria tablets and some malaria tablets can give you adverse reactions.
If you are trekking or hiking, you may consider taking water purification tablets with you.
Make sure you have adequate supplies of your current medication. Whatever drugs you take daily may not be available for purchase in your destination, so stock up.
If you have a hearing aid, ensure that you have plenty of batteries to carry with you.
No matter where you’re traveling to, take sunscreen and insect repellent with you.
Buy your own refillable water bottle and refill where possible.
Always ensure that you take out travel insurance as soon as you book your flights, accommodation, and tours. This practice will save you a lot of headache.
What do you carry in your first aid kit? Which items do you use most often? What have you never used but still carry with you? Please share with the community!