How to Make an All-in-One First Aid Kit for Traveling Abroad

How to Make an All-in-One First Aid Kit for Traveling Abroad

How to Make an All-in-One First Aid Kit for Traveling Abroad
There are many risks with international flying, one of the most relevant risks is being exposed to new illnesses and diseases that your body may not be accustomed to. One sip of water that contains pathogens that your body does not have immunity to can leave you in the hotel bathroom for days or even weeks. This is an especially precarious situation if you are in an environment where medical treatment isn't particularly advanced. To facilitate safe travels, it is essential to prepare a first aid kit that can protect you against unforeseen dangers.
We will be packaging all of the needed materials in a durable Mylar bag so that the kit can be stored in a piece of carry-on luggage. 

Step 1

Print out a vaccine checklist from the Center for Disease Control. You should also bring a copy of your immunization records and any information regarding chronic conditions. 

Step 2

Pack the necessary insurance information. A copy of your health insurance plan is good to have on you even if you are not covered in another country. You can, however, opt to extend coverage abroad if your provider offers it. If you have a traveler's insurance, remember to bring a copy of this information.

Quick Tip: Traveler's insurance also covers lost baggage and flight cancellation.

Step 3

Prescription Medication

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Pack any prescription medication. The TSA allows for more than 3.4 ounces of prescription medication, provided it is in its original packaging. It also must be clearly labeled with both your name and dosing schedule. You should stock as much medication as you need to get through your travels. You should also record the generic form of the medication in case you run out while traveling and need to refill. 

Step 4 - Pack wound treatment

  • Alcohol wipes and disinfectant
  • Bandages: band-aids, gauze, medical tape, moleskin pads, and elastic wraps
  • Topical creams such as antibiotic ointment, antifungal ointments, hydrocortisone cream
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Step 5 - Pack protection against the environment

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Aloe Vera

Step 6 - Pack stomach medication

  • Oral rehydration solution
  • Antacid
  • Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) Laxative/stool softener
  • Anti-motility medication like loperamide (Imodium), or diphenoxylate with atropine (Lomotil)
  • Motion sickness medication like Dramamine
  • Water purification tablets

Step 7- Pack allergy and sickness relief

  • Antihistamines
  • Pain relievers/fever reducers
  • Cough and cold remedies
  • Cough Drops, lozenges
  • Eye drops 

Step 8- Pack medical tools

  • Tweezers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Latex gloves and condoms
  • Disposable surgical face masks
  • Cotton swabs
Ready to Go
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You will be covered in the event of any medical emergency as long as you pack the medical necessitates outlined in this list. You should also ensure that you follow the TSA guidelines for carry-on luggage so that you do not need to check your first-aid kit baggage and risk it getting lost. Remember to travel safely, hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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