Sue with her leg in plaster at the edge of the Kaiteur Falls Guyana

Travel First Aid and Medical Kit

Author: Sue Rogers
Date: 24th March 2019

Travel First Aid

Travel brings its fair share of challenges in the form of accidents, bugs and bites. Over the years I've built up a kit of remedies and preventatives that serve me well on most occasions. and I've had a few accidents and incidents along the way!

Pack in a transparent plastic cuboid bag - easy to see what's where. Fits easily into a case. Here are my suggestions:

  • Antihistamine cream - for insect bites
  • In room mosquito deterrent /room refresher - again Incognito are good
  • Insect repellent/spray - a non DDT one like Incognito where possible
  • Travel sickness pills - especially if boats are involved
  • Rescue Remedy - in case things get stressful!
  • Plasters and blister cushions
  • Imodium - for days you have to travel with diarrhoea and there's no easy toilet access
  • Oral re-hydration sachets - essential for sickness and/or diarrhoea
  • Painkillers
  • 4 Head roll on stick for headaches
  • Heat patches for aches and pains- nice on the back for longhaul sleeping
  • First Defence nasal spray to try and prevent colds/bugs after plane travel
  • Aloe vera gel - for sunburn and general moisturisation
  • Infected eye cream in case of styes or other problems
  • Tea tree oil - an excellent antiseptic
  • Cranberry tablets - in case of cystitis
  • Melatonin - great for jet lag. Not available in the UK - buy almost anywhere else!
  • Turmeric/curcumin capsules - an anti inflammatory/ natural antibiotic
  • Anti malarials if necessary
  • Probiotics - for preventing stomach upsets. increase the dose if actually struck down. I've recently discovered Megaporebiotic. Expensive but really good and worth the money. Biokult is also good.
  • Indigestion tablets
  • Ear plugs

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