What To Put in a Travel First Aid Kit

,头痛、水泡、切割、擦伤、咬伤或刺痛never seems to happen when you're sitting in your hostel with full access to the treasure trove supplies that is in your big pack. No, it's when you've been thrown around on a speed-boat, got tangled in vines and gone arse over tit, pissed off an ant or tried to open a beach-side beer with your bare hands.

So, it makes sense to have an emergency supply of your most frequently needed medical supplies with you at all times. Indeed, this is an adventurous budget backpacker essential.



By no means is this exhaustive, and over the last few years months it has been somewhat adjusted to reflect our accident-prone ways and hangover requirements, but below is a breakdown of what we cram into our small emergency fist aid kit and always keep in our daypack.

*You can either head to a travel shop and pick up amini first-aid kits like thisfor a large or invest in a suitable storage bag and visit your local pharmacy to make your own version.


4 x 500mg paracetamol (mild pain medication)

4 x 200mg ibuprofen (mild pain medication)

4 x 8/500 co-codamol (stronger OTC pain medication)

2 x 4mg chloramphenamine (OTC allergy medication)

2 x 10mg甲氧氯布雷胺(抗Nausea药物)

2 x 2mg loperamide (OTC diarrhoea medication)

2 x rehydration sachets




1 x roll of easy tear micropore medical tape

2 x blister plasters

2 x alcohol wipes (ideal for cleaning small cuts and scrapes)

6 x plasters in different sizes

1 x pack gauze swabs (use to clean wounds with sterile water or to stop bleeding)

1 x small sterile dressing (for cuts that are a little to large for a standard plaster)

1 x set of latex gloves (if it's not you with the cut, it's definitely preferable to put something between your hand and their blood!)

1 x small pack of steri-strips (useful for holding together cuts that open up easily)

1 x small pair of scissors

1 x small bandage (to hold dressing in place or support a sprain)

1 x测试仪大小的驱虫剂瓶

1 x无菌水袋(在肮脏的环境中清洁伤口有用)

So, you've gotten super-organised, and have your first aid pack all ready. What else do you need to know?

#1 take it everywhere- you never know when disaster will strike! We would have been up the proverbial sh*tter had we not had these medical supplies when I got bit by a dog a little while ago in the middle of a hike along a Peruvian railroad, 10 kms from the nearest bit of civilisation.

#2 keep it well-stocked- it's all very well having a lovely little designated bag for all your medical emergencies, but if all that's left in there is a out-of-date tube of antiseptic cream and a solitary paracetamol, it's not going to do you much good! All the items listed above are non-prescription and can be found in almost any pharmacy around the world.

#3 keep it handy- if there's one thing all backpacks come with, it's an inordinate number of pockets. Make sure your kit is always somewhere easily accessible in case you need it quick! We keep it in a little pack at the bottom of our bag so it's all in one place and always there.

If you find you need more than what is supplied here, then maybe that's the time you should think about seeking medical assistance. The same goes for any pain, sprain, cut or wound that doesn't seem to be improving within a couple of days.

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What to Put in a First Aid Kit

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