Patricia Aleckzandra | PinoyTrekker
“All my bags are packed and ready to go…” says an old song. The “bags” sounds a bit too many don’t you think? Yet, traveling really requires a lot of planning, packing, and double checking of everything you need and will do. One of the usual tips that pro-travelers would advise newbies is to travel light. That means bring only the essentials – clothes, toiletries, gears and your everyday things. They also must pack one thing people forget always – a first aid kit.
Believe me, it is better to assemble your own travel health kit so you can organize the contents of it according to where you are going and what you really need. Besides, you may not find the things you may need in their local drugstores. Traveling requires you be ready at all times. Getting sick while traveling is the last thing you would want to happen to you. A personal first aid kit will come in handy in times of emergencies, trust me on this.
For people who travel often and those who are starting to become one of the wanderlusts, here are three main sets you would need to consider including:
- Your Medication. This would include meds that is prescribed for you by your doctor and vitamins or supplement you usually take at home in a daily basis.
- Common First Aid Items. Such as band-aids, your good reliable Betadine and Hydrogen Peroxide for cleaning wounds, insect repellant, digital thermometers and more. You can try Googling what are the common items a first aid kit has.
- Travel Meds. Medicines that usually would be hard to get when you are traveling (or in a vehicle) such as anti-diarrheal or ointments that can lessen motion sickness. Have you ever heard of the White Flower? It is a scented oil in small, clear bottles which are perfect for motion sickness. Just inhale it and you’ll feel extra relieve.
Knowing the contents of your personal travel first aid kit is good. But there are still things you need to consider when packing your first aid kit. For example, a durable container. Look for a container that is long-lasting and could be easily stuffed inside your backpack. For month-long trips, larger containers are much more advisable. For trips in cities within days, choose smaller ones. Also, if you have a medical insurance card, then make sure to bring it along with your passport and IDs. They may not be part of your first aid kit but you will surely need them.
Traveling, whether you are alone or with a group, should be fun. That is why staying healthy in your trips is a must. Your personal first aid travel kit will help you!