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First aid kits

The first aid kit is an incredibly useful asset whilst travelling, but one which you hope never to actually to use. As the first port of call for minor injuries, first aid kits should be at the top of your packing list, particularly if you’re planning to travel off the beaten track.

Equip yourself to deal with little cuts, scrapes, sprains and burns by including the following in your kit:

  • Antiseptic gauze pads and solution
  • Non-adherent dressing
  • Bandages
  • Fabric plasters of various shapes and sizes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Eye wash
  • Pain relieving spray
  • Travel sickness pills
  • Antihistamines
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Pain relieving medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen

Remember that a first aid kit is no substitute for real medical advice, and in the event that you are injured whilst travelling, it is important to seek treatment as quickly as possible. Even a small cut or burn can quickly become infected.

Further information

For more information on dealing with sickness and injuries abroad, visit our page on what to do if you fall ill

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The content of these pages are for general information only, They do not constitute advice and must not be acted or relied on as being so.