Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: A First Aid Kit

what to pack into a travel first aid kit

Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: A First Aid kit – but what do you put in it?

No matter how long or short a trip you are on, or even where you are going, an extremely handy thing to have is a first aid kit. On long trips I always carry my own custom built first aid kit, and for shorter trips, I take the essentials that I think I’ll need. It does vary slightly depending on the place you are going, but here is this week’s Tuesday’s Travel Essentials focusing on a first aid kit.

A First Aid Kit for Short Term Travel (less than a month):
I’m going a bit beyond the definition of “First Aid” here by including some travel health essentials, so here’s my list for a short trip (less than a month). This is what I use by the way, please tailor it for your own needs of course!! We all have our own way to travel.
– Plasters/Band Aids (3-5)
– Savlon healing cream (small squeezy pack)
– Paracodols/paracetamol (less than 10 tablets)
– Lemsips/Hot lemon drinks (less than 5 sachets)
– Light bandages (small roll)
– Condoms (less than 5)
– Insect Repellent
– Suncream
– Any health certificates you own that you need for that area only
– Anti malaria tablets (where necessary)

Tuesday's Travel Essentials a first aid kit

Don’t forget to pack a mini first aid kit tailored to your own needs when you travel!

A First Aid Kit for Long Term Travel (more than a month):
– Plasters/Band Aids (around 10)
– Savlon healing cream (large squeezy pack)
– Paracodols/paracetamol (10-20 tablets)
– Lemsips/Hot lemon drinks (10-15 sachets)
– Light bandages (decent size of roll)
– Condoms (more than 10)
– Cotton buds
– Insect Repellent
– Suncream
– ALL health certificates you own (e.g. Yellow Fever)
– Aftersun lotion
– Sting relief cream
– Anti malaria tablets

– Personal medication


An example of a first aid kit I've taken on my travels before.

When you’re living a lifestyle of travel a First Aid Kit comes in very very handy. Don’t neglect your health on your travels. This is an example of a first aid kit I’ve taken on my travels before.

It’s obviously each to their own and we all travel in our own way with our own needs, but as a global traveller, the above lists are generally what I stick to when I travel. Here’s the pros and cons of taking a first aid kit:

– You have instant First Aid at your disposal
– You will save money
– You may not be able to get the things in your first aid kit in some places
– You can help fellow travellers out
– You are prepared for hikes, deserts and remote locations

– Can be bulky or heavy to carry
– Can use up space
– 90% of the time when you return from your trip, you won’t have even used any of the stuff you’ve brought!!! (but is it worth the risk?)
– Some stuff can be banned at airports if you are only taking hand luggage

Some of my other posts related to travel health are here:

Get a Yellow Fever Certificate

Carry Insect Repellent

Buying Anti Malaria Tablets

That’s Tuesday’s Travel Essentials for this week. Safe travels and don’t forget your First Aid Kit! You never know when you will need it and it’s better to be safe than…F#@ked!

With my endless travel tips and stories, I want to inspire you all to head out there and see the world! Check my advertising page if you have an idea for a product for my Tuesday’s Travel Essentials, and don’t forget I welcome free computers, hard drives and cameras as the ones I have always break…

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