Your First Aid Travel Kit: Pack these to save time, money and discomfort!

Build your own travel first aid kit

Customize your travel first aid kit so you can be prepared for little annoyances.

Experience is a great teacher, and sometimes the lessons aren’t easy ones. I always pack a “travel health kit” and many lessons over the years have taught me what needs to be in my kit. Your kit may vary according to your body’s needs and any medical conditions you have.  Here’s a list of over-the-counter medications you may want to include. Substitute your preferred brands.

Alcohol wipes – In addition to having some in your kit, it’s a good idea to have in your bag for when you’re out and about.

Antibacterial ointment – Don’t let a minor cut become a major problem.  Neosporin is a great option.

Anti-diarrhea medication – Imodium or Pepto-Bismol can come in handy if you get a stomach bug or eat something that disagrees with your belly.

Antihistamine – Very helpful in case of a mild allergic reaction.

Anti-itch or hydrocortisone cream- Great to have on hand to stop the itch of a bug bite or a rash. I bring a small tube of Gold Bond.

Anti-motion sickness medication – Good to have on hand if you have motion sickness issues.

Band-Aids – Blisters on my heels from sneakers that apparently weren’t broken in well enough became my lesson in making sure these were always in my kit.

Decongestant – They are a huge help with my ears when flying.

Mild laxative – Changes in routine, foods and alcohol intake can affect another one of your bodies “routines. ”

Pain/fever medicine – From a headache to a mild sprain, this is on my “don’t leave home without it” list- Tylenol or Motrin

Whether you consider them as part of your “travel health kit” or on another packing list, be sure to include these “preventative care” items- sunscreen, insect repellent and hand sanitizer.

Other items I have I like to have with me or tweezers, a safety pin and a pack of matches. Nope, no “MacGyver” moves for me…. But those items can come in handy for removing a tick, popping a blister or getting a splinter out. (If you’re too young to know how the name, “MacGyver,” became a verb, click here for 1980’s trivia – http://www.definitions.net/definition/MacGyver .)

In the future blog, I’ll post more tips on creating and traveling with your kit.

Happy traveling!

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