Millions of people travel all over the world each year and while they do take their personal belongings with them, they often forget to take a first aid kit. This is no longer a trivial matter because if you develop a headache or a rash, a visit to a doctor outside the country can cost a fortune. Thus, today one of the things travelers should pack is a first aid kit. The kit does not have to be a surgical kit but should definitely contain the following essential items:
- An over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream. This can be used to treat a variety of bug bites, eczema and even skin dryness. It also relieves itching and has minimal side effects.
- An over-the-counter pain reliever like Motrin, Tylenol or Advil. This can be of immense help if you develop a headache or a toothache. In the middle of a flight, you may find it difficult to get relief from a headache if you do not have a pain pill. Make sure that the pills are in the original container with the label on. This will prevent hassles at customs.
- Some gauze and bandage. These can be of use if you cut yourself anytime during your trip.
- A copy of your ECG. This applies to those who are older and those who have a history of heart disease.
- An over-the-counter antihistamine. This is especially necessary for those who are prone to allergies. If you do take a prescription strength pills, make sure you have a note from your doctor so that getting it through customs becomes easier.
- A small scissor, tweezer and some adhesive tape. They can prove to very useful if you get pricked by a thorn or a foreign body.
- Alcohol wipes. They are essential especially in areas where water is contaminated and if you need to wipe your skin.
- Condoms. Emergency contraception is another other essential component of a first aid kit these days. If you have spontaneous sex without protection while on holiday, you risk a pregnancy. And condoms are often not easy to find in holiday resorts.
- If you are planning to travel to an area where food poisoning is common, then ask your doctor for Imodium. This pill is also available over the counter and can be useful if you develop profuse diarrhea after eating uncooked or raw foods.
- Rehydration. Today there are many types of rehydration powders available for individuals who develop diarrhea and develop dehydration. These powders can be mixed in water and provide both nutrition and hydration.
Finally, if you have any type of medical disorder, ensure that you have medical insurance.