Travelling First Aid Kit

Travelling First Aid

Having completed around 12 First Aid courses, 2 Wilderness First Aid Courses, 1 Advanced Wilderness First Aid course, 4 Anaphylaxis and 21 CPR courses, I know what’s useful and what’s not in a travelling first aid kit (for me).

If I’m travelling with a group of people, the contents of my kit will be different to what I’ll bring if I’m travelling on my own.

Travelling first aid kit

Here are some of the contents of a kit that I think are essential:

  • Pain relief, usually paracetamol
  • Bandaids – fabric ones not the plastic ones
  • Medium gauze dressing
  • Medium dressing pad
  • Triangular bandage
  • Crepe bandage
  • Antiseptic swabs
  • Resuscitation mask or face shield.
  • Adhesive tape like Micropore around 2.5cm wide
  • Disposable gloves
  • Moleskin for any hot spots on my feet
  • Broad spectrum antibiotic (if travelling remotely overseas)
  • Long-nosed tweezers
  • Small, light but strong scissors for cutting bandages
  • Two plastic bags (that you would put your fruit of veggies in from the market)

Sometimes I carry it in a Pelican case other times it might be in a small satchel, just depends on the contents that I’m taking.

Travelling first aid kit

I’ll always do a quick check of my kit before I travel and never assume it’s intact.

Now it’s your turn.

What do you take that’s essential on your trips?

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