A first-aid kit is essential to anyone who loves to travel. You will never know when you may find yourself sick, injured, or dealing with a serious condition. If you are a transient and you understand the importance of having a first-aid kit, take a look at what you should be carrying in your first-aid kit below.
- Prescription Medications
If you have any type of conditions or illnesses that require a special medication, it is important that you have this medication on hand with you wherever you go. Keep it in its original bottle or, if you are concerned that someone may steal it if they see it, place it in a specially labeled bottle so you know exactly what medication it is.
While a bandage won’t be able to fix a large gash, it can certainly be helpful if you have a scratch or a wound that needs covering. Make sure that you have the basic bandage as well as blister bandages and butterfly bandages. You should also purchase the waterproof type of bandages to keep the bandage from slipping off your skin if you should get wet or sweat.
- Gauze and Surgical Tape
Some wounds require more than a bandage to fix. Gauze comes in handy when you have a wound that won’t stop bleeding or that needs to be sterilized and covered up. If you can, purchase the type that comes pre-packaged so that way you won’t have to cut or tear it in an emergency. Also, purchase surgical tape so that you can secure the gauze down once you’ve placed it over the wound.
- Wet Wipes with Alcohol
You could choose to carry a small bottle of rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide but it is easier to purchase and carry antiseptic wipes. You can generally purchase bulk boxes with up to 20 of these individually packaged wipes for as little as $1 online.
- Creams and Ointments
If you ever find that you’ve been bitten by a mosquito or have gotten a wound that is covered in filth on your journey, it can be nice to have creams and ointments on hand to heal them. At the very least, you should have a travel size tube of Neosporin or a similar product that will help ease the pain and itching of bug bites.
- Pain Medications
While it’s probably not likely that you will need to have ibuprofen or aspirin with you, it is still good to have it. Depending on what you expect to happen on your trip, you will probably only need to pack a couple of the pre-packaged pain medications that you can find in movie theater bathrooms. If you are someone who suffers from headaches regularly, you may want to bring some pain medication that also has a sleep-aid so you can fall asleep wherever you are.
- Cold and Flu Medication
Cold and flu medication is a must if you are going around from place to place. If you get sick and you don’t have enough money to purchase medication or make a quick trip to a clinic, it can be useful to have this type of medication with you. Although it isn’t a substitute for real medication that you need, when your cold or flu gets out of hand, it is still nice to have a cold and flu medication that will lessen the severity of the effects until you can get help for your illness.
When it comes to packing a first-aid kit, use common sense. If you definitely need it, pack it. If you think you need it, pack it. If you think that you don’t need it but it is recommended on every first-aid list, definitely pack it.